Council budgets R800k to fix road to the ‘Block’

2012-07-18 00:00

LOCAL anglers who fish at the “Block” on Port Shepstone Beach have welcomed long-awaited repairs to the road leading to the prime fishing spot.

The R800 000 project to rebuild the road started recently after potholes and chunks of tar missing from the surface made it virtually impassable for more than a year.

Only 4x4 owners dared to make the trip. “It is sad to know that fishermen have been going to other spots to fish because of the condition of the road,” said angler CJ Berriman. “I will most definitely be going back to fish there when the road is fixed.”

Fellow fisherman Warren Laubscher was equally relieved. “It is finally happening.

“We have wanted this to happen for so long. As a local fisherman it has been such a let-down not being able to go to one of the most popular fishing spots on the South Coast because of the road having deteriorated so badly.”

Other fishermen said the repairs will start attracting regulars again.

“Now we can all look forward to fishing at our favourite fishing spot. The road being repaired will see all the local fishermen who used to fish here come back for sure,” said Sean de Bruyn.

Simphiwe Nikelo, head of the Department of Human Settlements and Infrastructure at Hibiscus Coast Municipality, said the road had deteriorated over time.

“We approved a budget of R800 000 to be spent on this project because the damage is quite bad on the road.”

Nikelo said the project may also include the addition of benches.

“The project is expected to be completed by September, weather permitting.

“We would basically like to extend our appreciation to the beach users, especially the fishermen, for their patience with the condition of the road while we were busy starting with the repairs process,” he added.

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