Services go back to basics

2019-10-22 06:00
Mayor Dan Plato gets his hands dirty fixing a pothole in Langeberg Street. PHOTO: Samantha Lee-Jacobs

Mayor Dan Plato gets his hands dirty fixing a pothole in Langeberg Street. PHOTO: Samantha Lee-Jacobs

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More than R30 million has been spent on fixing close to 20 000 potholes in the city during the past financial year.

In an attempt to take service delivery back to basics, mayor Dan Plato launched a pothole repair campaign in Tafelsig last week.

“The purpose of this campaign is to refocus on the basics of service delivery and reminding residents that we are committed to ensuring that more people experience the benefit of efficient service delivery. The formation of potholes during winter is a common occurrence as it is directly related to heavy rainfall and the age or condition of the roads,” says Plato.

“Now that the weather conditions are more favourable, city road repair teams will be hard at work repairing potholes and undertaking general maintenance across the city to ensure that the roads you drive, travel to work on and cycle on, are in good condition. We plan to do permanent repairs to ensure better quality repair.”

Water is the main cause of potholes, but it can also form as a result of diesel spills, collisions, fires and inadequate road drainage.

The City spent R38 million on fixing 19 929 potholes with an additional R287 million spent on resurfacing roads during the 2018/19 financial year.

Plato says while it was launched in Tafelsig, it will be rolled out across the city. Plato also visited Atlantis and Elsies River.

“It is part of visibility. Most of the ward councillors are here with me to show that we are serious about tackling service delivery. This is also an indication to our staff to get cracking with services,” says Plato to People’s Post.

“As we were busy you could hear the moans and groans from residents who claim they have reported the potholes for a long time and they are glad we are here. At the end of the day, from time to time, residents want to see their leadership and see that services are being delivered.”

Resident Dawood Jacobs says while he is happy to see the potholes being fixed, he was not happy at how long it took to do so.

“It is not just this pothole; potholes in general in the Tafelsig area are a problem. I have reported this persistently,” he says.

General maintenance, overflowing sewers, cleaning of stormwater drain systems and missing manhole covers are other issues he raised.

“How long do they take to fix the roads? I report one pothole and they fix that. But they will leave another one down the road, saying we must follow the process again. What a waste,” says Jacobs.

Linda Fredericks, another local, says she is happy to see progress but agrees with Jacobs that more needs to be done.

“I don’t live in this street, I was just visiting. In my street and all the streets around me there are a lot of potholes. It affects cars, our children, it is dangerous,” says Fredericks.

Plato says where potholes have been reported through the C3 complaints system, they will need to be investigated and repaired.

“Just like cleaning our communities, filling potholes is a mammoth problem. This is just an indication of the state of our roads. To do massive resurfacing and new roads will cost billions of rands,” says Plato.

“Where the roads are currently deteriorating we are filling up as far as possible, but at some stage, we will need to look at complete resurfacing.”

V Residents can report potholes to the transport information centre on 080 065 6463. The number is toll-free and available 24/7. You can also email or WhatsApp 063 407 3699.


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