‘Our roads neglected’

2015-01-14 00:00

WHERE is our rates money going?

That’s the question Hilton residents are asking as they watch their road infrastructure decay to the point where some tar roads now resemble dirt roads.

They say they pay thousands of rands in rates and want to know where their money is going if it’s not being used to maintain the suburb.

Some residents have taken it upon themselves to buy the materials needed and to fix the potholes on the roads.

Many have taken to Facebook to ­highlight the area’s problematic roads.

“The maintenance on these roads is very poor … We see the workers from the uMngeni Municipality working but it is always on a weekend. They do the job and when it rains the potholes appear again,” said Hilton resident Neil Evans.

Evans took The Witness for a drive around the worst affected areas.

Many roads were in a state of disrepair and crumbling to the point where they are becoming dirt roads. In some parts, remnants of tar show that the road was once tarred.

Chalet Drive, Vlei Road, Dennis ­Shepstone, Crompton in Winterskloof and Azalea and Flamingo Drive are amongst the worst affected.

Evans said it was unacceptable that uMngeni Municipality had allowed the road to degenerate into such a state.

Another resident in Winterskloof, where some residents are fixing the road themselves, said they were paying thousands in rates per month and questions needed to be asked where that money was going. She asked not to be named.

“My husband spent his weekend fixing this road … The other people living on this road are also doing the same. We use our own money to fix this road,” said the resident.

She said on her street, there were 14 houses paying a total of R18 000 a month on rates, which equalled an annual amount of R216 000 per year.

“Can you imagine how much the ­municipality is getting for all of Hilton? Where is that money going?”

She said the condition of the road was destroying their property values. “If we wanted to sell the house, we would not be able to. The buyer would look at the road and say, ‘I am not buying here’,” she said.

Pam Passmoor of the DA said the ­party constantly pushes the council to rectify the pothole problem.

“The fact is that the fixing of the ­potholes in Mpophomeni is given priority as is shown by the fact that less than two percent of the municipal potholes occur there.”

She said the residents should get value for their rates and fixing the potholes would be a good place to start.

Thando Mgaga, communications manager for uMngeni, which is responsible for the maintenance of roads in Hilton, said R6 million had been approved to rehabilitate road networks in Merrivale, Hilton, Howick and Mpophomeni.

He said the process is currently in the hands of their supply chain management division.

“Can you imagine how much the municipality is getting for all of Hilton? Where is that money going?”

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.