Concern over Kokstad road constructions

2018-05-11 06:00
Groom Street which is under road maintenance.PHOTOS: siphelele nketo

Groom Street which is under road maintenance.PHOTOS: siphelele nketo

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KOKSTAD businesses have raised concerns about road maintenance construction currently underway in Kokstad saying that the process is moving at a slow pace and subsequently, so are their businesses.

Fahim Ahmed, who is running a hardware business in Kokstad, said that he appreciated the municipality’s efforts in revamping roads in the town, however, he is disgruntled with contractors who dug to make provision for a street next to his shop and did not return to tar it.

Ahmed said that the street was dug up a long time ago and left unattended to and that he was now losing clients each day due to the dust coming from the incomplete road.

“On rainy days, the incomplete street gets muddy and on windy days it is covered in dust. I am appealing to the municipality to push contractors to finish their work before we lose more clients,” said Ahmed.
Economic Freedom Fighters regional interim leadership core, Dumisani Dlamini from Harry Gwala District also complained about the slow pace of the construction saying that it affected the cash flow of businesses that are generating revenue to Kokstad.

Dlamini said that roads needed to be accessible in order to generate more revenue and attract investors.

“I blame the poor management system at the municipality for the issue. Contractors are doing a good job, but the pace that they are working at is not up to standard,” said Dlamini.

Dlamini called for the municipality to capacitate many small contractors and give them the job instead of one contractor. Greater Kokstad Municipal spokeswoman, Nthabeleng Matshoba said a contractor which is working on the rehabilitation of Dower Street and Nonkqubela Road has completed road works and is now finalising side walks which will be completed on May 11.

Matshoba said that the installation of street lights will also be done. “A contractor is busy patching Groom Street and the project deadline is June 29.

“The rehabilitation project in the Main Street between Coulter and Railway Street as well as on Groom Street between St Johns and Elliot Street had a nominated sub-contractor assisting with completion of the works,” said Matshoba, adding that some projects were delayed because the main contractor had failed to execute the work accordingly due to “cash flow constraints”.

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