Scottsville and Hayfield roads are pothole havens, and a danger

2017-11-15 06:00
One of the numerous potholes in King Edward Avenue in Scottsville. PHOTOS: lethiwe makhanya

One of the numerous potholes in King Edward Avenue in Scottsville. PHOTOS: lethiwe makhanya

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WHEN Msunduzi Municipality started repairing roads in the CBD and Alan Paton Road in Scottsville, residents were hopeful that all residental roads in those areas would be repaired.

Scottsville residents, however, have lost that hope waiting for these repairs to be conducted.

Now residents are blaming the municipality­ for only fixing Alan Paton­ Road.

Scottsville resident Zinhle Zondi told Maritzburg Fever she uses King Edward Avenue, which has five huge potholes, among smaller ones; to get to work and back.

“This is dangerous and damages our cars. What makes the situation more dangerous is that learner drivers use these roads for lessons and are tested on them.

“We try to avoid potholes, but it’s difficult because the roads are always busy, so we don’t have a choice but to drive over them,” she said.

Another resident Mandisa Mngoma said the situation is dangerous.

“This used to be one of tidiest suburbs­ to live in, but I no longer feel this way.

“It’s as if the municipality has deserted it.

“Some [potholes] are massive and may cause damage to a vehicle. One day a major accident will happen and only then will they [municipality] take the situation seriously,” she said.

Scottsville roads aren’t the only ones that need attention.

The Maritzburg Fever drove around Hayfields and established that the suburb also has roads ridden with potholes.

Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha did not respond to questions sent to her at the time of going to print.

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