Municipal officials meet over potholes

2011-06-29 14:37

Johannesburg - Victor Khanye municipal officials were meeting on Wednesday to discuss how to proceed after a court ordered that they repair potholes on the R55 in the Delmas area.

"They are still in a meeting currently discussing the matter," municipal spokesperson Ronald du Toit said.

He was speaking after a lawyer for the Society for the Protection of our Constitution secured a court order against the mayor on Tuesday.

Municipality not responsible

However, Du Toit said the road, between Delmas and Ogies, was not a municipal road.

"It is a provincial road and it is not a road that must be fixed by the municipality."

He said the road begins at Springs and ends around Witbank, and municipalities it cuts through are not responsible for its maintenance.

Mohamed Omar and Willem Harmse, both from the Delmas area, applied for the court order from Judge Naren Pandya at the South Gauteng High Court, after unsuccessful attempts at getting local authorities to repair it.

They believe the road is in a poor state and that potholes contributed to a crash last week that killed two people.

According to their lawyer Zehir Omar, the council was given 72 hours to do temporary repairs. If it wasn't done, he would apply for an order that the mayor and his executive council be incarcerated.

R22bn for road repair

The repair of poorly-maintained roads and potholes was put on the promise list by politicians campaigning in the recent local government elections. The government allocated R22bn for the road repair and maintenance programme, S'hamba Sonke.

Many local communities however believe not enough is being done and have already started their own initiatives.

Insurance company Dial Direct teamed up with community participation initiative Lead SA to form a "pothole brigade", which repairs holes reported by motorists.

In Brandfort last year, a group of fed-up residents planted trees in their town's potholes.

Du Toit said further comment would follow after the council meeting.

  • Born To Fish - 2011-06-29 14:48

    Just Fix the Road! That is why we pay tax you bunch of thieves! And get a honest quote without Cadre connections!

      ratex - 2011-06-29 15:38

      Exactly. Let me give you an example of the DA vs the cANCer. For those in JHB, the intersection in weltevreden park (by the Kentucky), has had potholes for at least the last 18 months. The cANCer were in charge of this ward for this period. Suffice to say, these potholes have been repaired and re-repaired numerous times. The end result is that they were done as a patch job and crumbled within a week of repair. The DA won this ward on the 18th may. Within 1 week of winning the ward, the road was closed for 2 days and the intersection was dug up and repaired PROPERLY. The DA did a better job in 1 week than the cANCer did in over 2 years. Yes this is a samll thing, but greatness comes from small ideas.

      Felix - 2011-06-29 15:57

      Soon they will be meeting IN the potholes.

      Werner - 2011-06-29 17:33

      "According to their lawyer Zehir Omar, the council was given 72 hours to do temporary repairs" That's pretty much all they manage to do - 'temporary repairs'. There's a pothole in my street that's been growing in size for the last few months. They've been trying to cover it up and just haven't quite cracked it. I recall on two separate occasions there were some workers tarring it up. Then whadda ya know, one week later bye bye tar, hello fish dam. They usually then toss some sand in until the next scheduled 'temporary repair'. How hard can it be to fix a bloody pothole? Am I missing something?

      theuns.vanrensburg - 2011-07-03 21:02

      Move to France. Not a pothole in sight and we do not pay any road tax. Our gentle mayor looks very well after all our interests and see that the roads are kept in very good shape - and not one centime (cent) of corruption, all moneys duly accounted for. Only problem is that you have to speak French to live here.

  • - 2011-06-29 14:55

    They should be doing this without getting damn court orders. what is the municipality there for then? they just good for taking our money, just like the rest of the government and police force.

  • Zion - 2011-06-29 15:02

    The "Pothole brigade" should not be doing as they say they will. If every Tom, Dick and Pothead went out onto the roads and repaired potholes high, wide and handsome then the authorities would expect that is the way to go. What the Pothole Brigade should do is demand payment, cash upfront, for the repair of every pothole and as such can create jobs in the area concerned. If direct payment is not made we can be certain exactly where the money will be going.

      Ann - 2011-06-29 15:39

      And so the Pothole Brigade should! That is how you run a business. The municipalities haven't cottoned onto the fact that they are ostensibly running a business. If they didn't misappropriate funds in the fashion to which they are accustomed, they would actually find they could utilise their budgets far better!

  • Grazy - 2011-06-29 15:10

    17 years in charge and they still don't know who should maintain the roads....???? No wonder it is in such a bad state. What did they do in the 17 years????...... party??????

  • Sledgedarkwatch - 2011-06-29 15:13

    They are in a meeting discussing the Pothole issue - Eating Prawns, steak, fish, mussels etc... Sipping on a Johnnie Blue & i bet you that "meeting" will carry on for hours & the end result... a full tummy, half tipsy and no resolution.

  • Gary - 2011-06-29 15:14

    passing the buck, no surprise here.........doing what they do best.

  • Sammy - 2011-06-29 15:26

    They say that the road is not their responsibility but they made these mega- muncipalities that encompass the whole district so that the income from the town has to provide services throughout so how can the duck and dive as usual.

  • Stanley Black - 2011-06-29 15:29

    As a South African this is an issue that I feel is not given the attention it should. It need everyday South Africans to formulate opinions on it and for those opinions to be debated and commented on as a society. is somewhere you can do all that, go check it our submitting and commenting is easy and requires no registration.

  • Allieo - 2011-06-29 15:35

    At the end of last winter (USA) we had a few thousand potholes in and around town. they all had GPS coordinates and were all fixed with in a month or so......

      ex-pat - 2011-06-29 18:07

      The extreme cold we had last winter in the UK also caused some potholes. They, too, were fixed pretty quickly. I gaped at the photo that accompanied this story - couldn't believe the size of it! No wonder people complain. Our were only a few inches deep and less than a foot in diameter.

  • Ann - 2011-06-29 15:37

    What do they actually do with the money that is supposed to be allocated to maintain roads. Will these discussions and decisions become yet another burden on the overtaxed citizens of South Africa because there is no money in the coffers?

  • Dr. Zeek - 2011-06-29 15:59

    Dear Cllrs and Cadres, here's "how to proceed": DO YOUR F@CKING JOBS!!!

  • marpeyo - 2011-06-29 16:20

    They just want to be seen on TV. That's all cant do anything good for anyone but themselves.

  • ex-pat - 2011-06-29 18:09

    Fed-up residents planting trees in their town's potholes .... that's hilarious. And I'm sure their municipality made tut-tut noise about residents "damaging" the roads!

  • theuns.vanrensburg - 2011-07-03 21:20

    I had an bad trip on this road last year in August after attending my mother's funeral service in Middelburg. Could no have my mother's body cremated because of a strike and a death certificate could not be issued. My 89 your old mum's body had to lay in a morgue for 5 weeks. I live if France and our kind mayor here takes care of our road requirements and we do not have any pot holes, nor have to pay any road tax. We have a great community spirit which perhaps is lacking in SA. Really hope things can get sorted out. You guys have to try to work things out in a good spirit of co-operation. Wish you success.

  • Brad - 2011-07-04 13:32

    just fixed the road! stop passing the bucket on and where are the money which the tax payers paid every year!

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