Potholes the bain town business existence

2018-05-31 06:01
PHOTOS: OMEGA MOAGIBusinesses on the street say that they find it difficult to operate under the circumstances.

PHOTOS: OMEGA MOAGIBusinesses on the street say that they find it difficult to operate under the circumstances.

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BUSINESSES on Woolley and Robinson streets expressed their frustrations regarding potholes in the area which have been left unattended despite numerous complaints to the municipality.

A business owner said that the potholes are hindering business as they constantly experience tyre punctures when loading goods in the area.

“Apart from being an eye sore, it is practically impossible to operate in such conditions. It is difficult to park and when we get a tyre puncture due to the pothole, we end up having to cover the cost,” said the business owner. He added that the pothole was aggravated by constructions and sewage fixtures in the area by Ugu.

“It is common sense that, even in your own private property, if you go and dig up a hole, you don’t leave it like that, you cover it up. It does not make sense now why the municipality would go around leaving in complete jobs all over town,” he said.

Ray Nkonyeni Municipality (RNM) spokesperson Simon April said that the complaint was the results of Ugu District Municipality who dug up to repair the burst pipes.

April said that in terms of RNM’s Service Level Agreement with Ugu District Municipality, Ugu was supposed to repair the road or pavement after they have completed the repairs.

“In regards to this particular matter, as RNM, we have since referred it to Ugu District Municipality’s relevant general manager to attend to these matters and it is our intention that if these are not attended to by May 25, then as RNM we will repair and invoice Ugu District Municipality for having done the repairs,” said April.Ugu District Municipality acknowledged receipt of the complaint and escalated it to the section responsible for the facilitation of roads reinstatements after repairs for their immediate attention. “The municipality confirms that this will be attended to as soon as possible,” said municipal spokesperson France Zama.

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