City launches potholes blitz

2013-01-25 00:00

THE Msunduzi Municipality is to launch a R1,5 million pothole blitz, and the amount will be increased if more money is needed to fix them.

“Music to my ears,” said executive committee member Bill Lambert of the Democratic Alliance on hearing the news from municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi.

Nkosi told the committee that repairing the potholes was one of the mayor’s priority projects.

He said external contractors had been appointed, who guaranteed the repairs for a year. If a pothole re-appeared within the 12 months, the contractors would repair it at their own cost.

Lambert lauded the initiative, saying the city had never had more potholes than at present, and that the recent storm had not helped the situation. It had created new potholes and made the old ones worse, he said.

“Some of them are becoming like volcanoes. This is music to my ears,” he said.

Mayor Chris Ndlela joked that the DA would know how many potholes there were in the city as it was probably keeping count. He told Lambert he hoped he would say “well done” when the potholes were fixed.

Lambert replied: “Mr Chairman, I won’t let you down. If the potholes are fixed, I will say ‘well done’.”

Ndlela said the municipality was committed to fixing all the potholes on the list presented to Exco yesterday, by the end of February. The list was created in the call centre and noted 44 complaints of potholes throughout the city.

Lambert said he was certain many more potholes had appeared since the list was created. Nkosi replied that that was why the R1,5 million set aside would be increased if necessary.

A report from the city’s roads department noted that most of the municipal roads were in dire need of crack-sealing and resurfacing, but at this stage there were no funds for this exercise.

The report said the poor state of some city roads was the result of the surface layer of roads drying up, leading to cracks, potholes and base failures.

The potholes would continue to be be fixed until more money became available to repair the roads.

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