Road to paved streets remains uphill

2018-04-18 06:01
The residents of Bream Drive are grateful for the paving of their street, and see it as an improvement in their living conditions by the Sol Plaatje Municipality.Photo: Boipelo Mere

The residents of Bream Drive are grateful for the paving of their street, and see it as an improvement in their living conditions by the Sol Plaatje Municipality.Photo: Boipelo Mere

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While a few residents in downtown Homelite are grateful for their street being paved of by the Sol Plaatje Municipality, and see it as an improvement in their living conditions, residents of neighbouring streets complain about being sidelined.

In that block, Bream Drive is the only paved street.

The other Homelite street that is paved is Popeye Street, situated in the upper section of Homelite.

The paving is expected to change the lives of the Bream Drive residents and they are thankful for the municipality hearing their pleas.

However, the work that has been done has left some residents of the nearby Homelite Extension demanding answers as to why paving was not done in the entire area.

Residents hope that the next Integrated Development Plan (IDP) project for the new financial year will focus on the remaining problematic roads, as well as the improvement of the poor drainage system.

Happy resident Juanita Arends of Bream Drive applauded the municipality, as she said their lives would change for the better.

Speaking on Wednesday (11/04), she explained how their street had always been the worst flooded during each rain shower, and how their drains blocked.

“All that was left, was for the municipal truck to be parked in our street full-time, as they were called in every week to come and unblock the drains,” she said.

According to Arends, it is possibly due to the street being located nearer to the main sewerage holes, which overflow into their yards.

Another resident, Layla Haai, expressed her satisfaction about seeing the completion of the project drawing close.

“I was starting to get frustrated each time it rained, because it meant the project would be halted again,” said Haai.

“My yard was a sewage dump a week ago and there was nowhere for me and my children to walk.”

According to her, they were not very well informed on how the IDP works, as they did not attend briefing meetings.

Meanwhile, as the Bream Drive residents were celebrating during Express Northern Cape’s visit, their neighbours of Whiting Close were heard hard at work with spades, trying to prevent sewage from flooding their yards.

The sewerage had become blocked once more, flooding the street, and municipal workers were unblocking it.

The street on the other side of Bream Drive was still a mess due to the recent rains.

Clifford Lewis, Ward 3 councillor, said he was pleased with the project, as he believed it was heading in the right direction.

According to him, the roads were finished as per expectation, except for final touch-ups.

He hopes for a bigger budget in the next IDP project, due to the poor living conditions in his ward.

“I believe the next IDP will allocate us a bigger piece, as there are bigger challenges in my ward,” said Lewis.

He urged members of the community to attend IDP meetings.

“They should not allow themselves to be left out, but rather attend the meetings in order to make the relevant inputs on service delivery,” urged Lewis.

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