Free State aims to fill 2 000 potholes

2012-07-23 22:36

Bloemfontein - A contractor has been appointed to fill at least 2 000 potholes on the R26 between Wepener and Zastron, a Free State official said on Monday.

"The contractor, Pro-Phalt, has been on site since 18 June 2012 and is expected to repair 1 000 potholes per month over two months at a cost of R1 276 800," said roads and transport spokesperson Zolile Walaza.

The company was using a machine which heated up the road surface with infrared beams, making the road surface workable to such an extent that workers could add hot, mixed asphalt to the existing surface to backfill it to its original level.

He said that although work on the road was progressing well, with 1 500 potholes repaired since last month, rain and cold weather were delaying the process.

It was hoped that all potholes on the 70km stretch of road would be repaired by 18 August.

  • bennie.kruger.5 - 2012-07-23 22:57

    You will never hear " We filled 2000 potholes" , first a launch then a party , then nothing!!!

      wesley.nel.5 - 2012-07-24 01:09

      What about the other 9 million

      Amanda - 2012-07-24 05:04

      Hope the contractor go this money before he started the job! Most contractors go bust waiting for payment from the corrupt ANC.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-07-24 06:49

      Or they take the money and run.

      Squeegee - 2012-07-24 07:22

      The tender winner's advance team is digging new potholes at 3000 per month so that the contract can go on forever.

      Jellyarse - 2012-07-24 07:35

      Don't be silly Amanda - the company is OWNED by cANCerous Tenderers and Contractors, they're the first ones to get paid.

      Koos - 2012-07-24 10:26

      ... but the question still remains... we have roads in our potholes? Really?

      husaberg.twostroke - 2012-09-04 23:40

      Why dont they fix the road never mind patching it up. Useless lot ANC.

  • mphotokornel - 2012-07-24 04:41

    Lol,dats nt funny bt they waitd 4 them to b dat many??nd nw they even brag bwt dat?ace is a failure man

      Squeegee - 2012-07-24 07:23

      Take English lessons.

  • peter.fraser.92754 - 2012-07-24 05:19

    Potholes? We have potholes in our roads ? Since when ?

      Squeegee - 2012-07-24 07:24

      We have some tar between excavated areas.

  • Henk - 2012-07-24 05:42

    What about fixing it permantly?

  • don.richards.1044 - 2012-07-24 06:50

    Now pay attention to the R70 between Senekal and Ficksburg. Wrecked two rims on that road earlier this year.

  • gillian.sanderson - 2012-07-24 07:20

    Thats 28 potholes p/km, 35 metres apart! Try the R26 between Ladybrand and Zastron - killer road. Literally.

      philip.allebone - 2012-07-24 08:02

      That's nothing, there is a road down from me that has about 2m square of tar on the hole road and it is half a km long, to fix it they have had to close the road and dig down by a meter to remove the potholes.

  • ettiene.j.marx - 2012-07-24 07:22

    Do we still have roads on our potholes???

  • sisie.indola - 2012-07-24 07:26

    I wonder if "Dial Direct" ever sent a bill to government for filling those thousands that they filled in GP? Or was it because they were doing it mahala that they were told to stop - and the government said the tender process was flawed - yip they don't understand "mahala" "zilch".

  • john.ferreira.1213 - 2012-07-24 07:28

    Is Pro/Phalt a BEE company? If so than this is so called job creation, roads get built to a poor standard so that potholes can appear quicker than normal then in comes a black owned company to do poor standard repairs. The cycle just carry's on and on. In most cases there are 30 people in the work team, 10 do the work while 20 of them lounge around resting on their spades, I have seen this type of scenario many times.

  • johan.uys.75 - 2012-07-24 07:45

    Fill it with 2000 anc members.

      husaberg.twostroke - 2012-09-04 23:39

      Uitstekend Johan.uys.75

  • philip.allebone - 2012-07-24 07:58

    AND THAT IS JUST IN THE ONE ROAD! He he he he he

  • - 2012-07-24 08:01

    Potholes have been filled in before and were they filled in? Yes with rooi grond used for farming. Come the rainy season then none are filled because all the rooi grond has been washed out.

  • alf.pop - 2012-07-24 08:10

    I JUST HOOPE THE R 1.3 MILLION IS NOT PER POTHOLE! While they are at it, maybe they could also find out if that machine can remove other holes from the country's political scene!

  • Asdiedamwalbars - 2012-07-24 08:15

    When will these self proclaimed competent Officials learned that the current solution will not last?. What about the rest of the road?. They keep on put law abiding tax payers lives in danger, by not spend the located taxpayers money wisely and deliver the service we all expect from them. They receive enough money to plan well and wisely. If they show their value in the service they provide.. who will moan about the huge salaries and bonuses they regularly receive, which they did not deserve at all?. First deliver the goods.. and then can we all be happy for the reward for job well done.

  • Jason - 2012-07-24 08:26

    its takes 2000 for u to act hahahahhaha

  • sharon.a.marks.9 - 2012-07-24 08:40

    what about the clokolaan road,80km of bush track

  • john.foley.351 - 2012-07-24 12:12

    What's the use of filling holes in a wrecked road. Road appears to need rebuilding from scratch. Further this is only part of one road.

  • my10cent - 2012-09-05 07:46

    Go ahead, idiots. Fill the 2000 potholes and at the end of the rainy season you'll have 4000 potholes - The roads need a complete overhaul!!!

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