‘Keep pushing until things get done’

2017-12-13 06:01
Gustav Rautenbach at the Karlene Avenue and Kabega Road intersection in Brymore where work is currently being done.            Photo: ZELDRÉ STRAUSS SWANEPOEL

Gustav Rautenbach at the Karlene Avenue and Kabega Road intersection in Brymore where work is currently being done. Photo: ZELDRÉ STRAUSS SWANEPOEL

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AFTER 17 years in the councillor’s chair, Ward 8’s Gustav Rautenbach is as passionate about his ward and his community as when he was elected in December 2000.

The most prominent battles he has had to fight relate to the Lorraine area’s ageing infrastructure and inadequate facilities for the spike in population over recent years.

“It’s important for residents to know that these success stories of tarring roads and installing streetlights don’t happen overnight.

“I have had to fight for many years to make some of them happen, and some bear fruit only 10 years later.

“The infrastructure remains a problem, but we are tackling it day by day. The secret is determination and to keep pushing until things get done,” Rautenbach said.

He feels strongly about employing people from the area, and his latest projects, which include upgrades in the Lorraine and Brymore suburbs, have provided work opportunities for several community members.

One of these projects in progress is in Meuse Avenue in Lorraine, which has had a history of tree roots damaging storm water pipes in the area. “We will be replacing 120m of pipes with a diameter of 375mm. The duration of this project is two weeks and not one single tree will be removed for this project.”

According to Rautenbach, that project will cost R200 000.

Work is also currently in progress at the Karlene Avenue and Kabega Road intersection in Brymore after a recent pipe burst.

“During the repair work, it was discovered that the pipe was in a terrible condition and that the entire section of the 450mm pipe needed to be replaced to avoid future bursts.”

This upgrade costs R615 000.

A third project currently underway is the replacement of a sewer pipe in Colighy Road, Lorraine. A new 160mm pipe is being installed at an estimated cost of R635 530. This new pipe will bring about huge relief for a vast area with problematic sewerage. Rautenbach has no intention of slowing down. Some of the projects he would like to take on in the future include a high school and another primary school for Lorraine.

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