Businessman repairs ‘shoddy’ pavement

2015-07-02 08:07
Solly Essa shows the uneven pavement outside his shop on Church Street.

Solly Essa shows the uneven pavement outside his shop on Church Street. (Jonathan Burton)

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A LOCAL businessman has taken it upon himself to fix the wrongs left behind by shoddy workers.

Owner of Ganies Store in Church Street, Solly Essa (69), has spent the last week trying to level the uneven pavement outside his shop.

“I bought bags of cement and started working on the pavement myself. I filled up the holes that were left in the ground and tried to even out the pavement with the cement,” said Essa.

His frustrations at the “dangerous sidewalk” mounted when his wife, Farida, tripped while walking to the shop last month.

“My wife tripped on the uneven part of the pavement and fell to the ground. Thank God it was near a pharmacy who helped us. We rushed her to the hospital because when she fell, she hit her head on the ground and was bleeding,” said Essa.

Essa says construction on the pavements in the city’s CBD started more than a year ago and after much complaining, “people were sent to sort out the pavement”.

“Some people arrived to place the concrete slabs and make a pavement, but they did their job so quickly and haphazardly. The concrete slabs were not placed on a levelled surface and now it is all at different heights causing many people to fall every day,” said Essa.

Essa says business has been affected by the “awful” pavement and general state of cleanliness of the area.

“People don’t want to shop here ­because the pavements are horrible to walk on and the area is always left dirty. The municipality needs to start focusing on our area,” he said.

Essa said he had not reported the uneven pavement to Msunduzi Municipality.

Another shop owner on Church Street, Jafar Hoossein said he has seen people falling every day in front of his shop. “People struggle to walk here. It is very dangerous and people can break their legs,” said Hoossein

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