Winterskloof folk learn to drive taxi style

2017-07-10 14:46
A leaking fire hydrant (since fixed) contributed to potholes on Valley Road while hanging cables and overgrown vegetation (BELOW) create a danger zone.

A leaking fire hydrant (since fixed) contributed to potholes on Valley Road while hanging cables and overgrown vegetation (BELOW) create a danger zone. (Supplied)

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“WHERE is the city’s parks department?”

One resident living in Valley Road in Winterskloof said she has had it with the municipality, which has left local residents living in a danger zone.

Alannah Valentine said it has been about a year that hanging electricity and telephone cables have been left exposed, potholes have now turned into craters and municipal trees and verges have been left to grow wildly.

“No one has done a thing despite all the phone calls and e-mails. It is just getting worse and worse,” she said.

To add to their woes, the fire hydrant nearby was left leaking for months. That, she said, has since been sorted out by the municipality, but the other hazards are left.

“I am not sure if they are even live wires, but with the shrubbery, it is only a matter of time that something burns to the ground,” Valentine said.

The potholes on the corner of Dalry and Valley roads have left motorists unhappy with the damage to their vehicles.

Some said they had even learnt the art of “taxi driving” with the potholes creating an obstacle course along the road.

“Cables and lines lying on the verge, very dodgy connections to the pole which is about to fall down. I’m sure all this is most dangerous,” Valentine said.

She said she has since spent a “fortune” hiring private workers to trim the trees for the safety of the residents.

Jackie Robinson of Globe Road said the grass and shrubbery on the municipal property behind her fence is now taller than her boundary wall.

“... and from a security point of view this is not good,” she said in an e-mail directed to Witness Warriors and about six municipal officials.

Robinson’s e-mail requests date back to July last year. The property is near Oribi Airport.

“Is there no system you could put in place to actually cut this grass on a regular basis — or does it only get done when someone (always me) asks for it to be done?” asked Robinson in one of her numerous e-mails to the municipal Community Services department.

In Mirabelle Road in Hayfields, Roger Bowyer said the overgrown trees had pulled down the telephone lines and damaged his fence.

The overgrown trees are situated along the riverbed in Hayfields, and are the responsibility of Msunduzi Municipality.

Bowyer said that in February last year during a severe storm, trees from outside his garden collapsed over his fence.

“All this was reported to both Telkom and Msunduzi Municipality.

“After many telephone calls and visits to the Parks Department, the situation remained the same until March 2017, when Telkom eventually turned up and attended to the telephone lines,” he said.

Bowyer said municipal officials from the parks department had answered verbally that they were still unable to attend to the matter.

“As, at this time, I am a member of a number of municipal audit committees and I can say without hesitation that this sadly illustrates the poor service delivery from our municipality,” he said.

He said that since he has been associated with local government, internationally and locally for over 50 years, “I am really sad to write this report”.

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