No funds for Tamboville ‘death bend’

2016-02-09 12:19
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Pietermaritzburg - After three years of being on the waiting list for speed humps, Tamboville residents will have to wait further for funds to become available before their “death bend” problem is dealt with.

A resident of the area, Daisy Taylor, raised her concerns years ago when a taxi lost control while taking the bend and crashed through her fence. Now after another accident, when a Toyota Cressida also crashed through her fence this year, Taylor said she “demands” the municipality take action. “The only time someone will pay attention is when someone dies,” said Taylor.

She claimed there had been several accidents there as drivers failed to negotiate the sharp turn. Taylor said the residents “always” hear taxis and cars screeching when taking the “death bend”. “We just never know when one of those vehicles will end up in our house,” said Taylor.

She added that the municipality needed to prioritise the building of speed humps in their area as “it is now a matter of life or death”.

“It is really sad because we see other projects happening in the city but we are just being sidelined. When I initially applied for speed humps they told me there were 3 000 other applications before me. Now I don’t know where I am on the list,” she said.

Msunduzi Municipality acting spokesperson Nqobile Madonda said the municipality has 10 speed hump requests from the area. “These requests are included on our priority list and will be implemented as soon as funds become available,” said Madonda.

Madonda said road markings and traffic signs will be implemented as mitigation measures whilst they are waiting for funds.

• kailene.pillay@witness.co.za

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