Officials act after woman takes bath in pothole

2014-01-07 14:21

Johannesburg - Social media was abuzz following the story about a woman who decided to prove a point and take a bath in one of the potholes last week, a Sapa correspondent reported.

The story made front-page headlines over the weekend.

Lydenburg Guest Farm owner Alison Botha and volunteer teacher Rosie Morrison recently published photos of Morrison taking a bath in one of the potholes on the R36.

Morrison was armed with a shower cap, book, glass of wine, and shampoo.

The two women posted the photos on Facebook and encouraged people to spread the message that government had to fix potholes that threatened the lives of tourists and locals.

"This specific road, the R36 between Machadodorp and Mashishing, has been unusable for years now and it's mainly because there are 40-ton trucks that make use of the road every day due to a lack of railway structure. It is the responsibility of government to fix this road," said Botha.

Botha said she used to take guests out on horse trails, but the road had become so damaged that neither her horses nor vehicles could use it.

"It's simply too dangerous," said Botha.

Damage caused by trucks

The Mpumalanga transport department has blamed the deterioration of the R36 between Machadodorp and Mashishing (formerly Lydenburg) in Mpumalanga on heavy trucks and rain.

"Much maintenance has been done on the road, but the large number of heavy trucks from various mines that use the road have contributed to the deterioration of the road," department spokesperson Dumisani Malamule said.

"The road has now deteriorated to the point where patching is not a feasible option anymore, but rehabilitation is required."

Malamule said the rehabilitation would be done in the 2014/15 financial year, adding that government would make every effort to ensure the road was rehabilitated.

"As we are approaching the end of the current financial year, all efforts are being made to ensure that rehabilitation of the road is done in the 2014/15 financial year. The MEC will pronounce the plans for the provincial road network during the 2014/15 policy and budget speech."

  • David Diener - 2014-01-07 14:29

    always have to wait till its broken before you fix it hey?

      Gift Mogiftana - 2014-01-07 15:14

      ...isn't that the implied meaning of 'FIX'..something has to be broken first?

      jacques.potgieter.313 - 2014-01-07 15:25

      Gift. Ever heard of prevention is better than cure?? Case in point. Why not spend a bit of money annually to keep the roads in shape rather than wait till they are dangerous to drive on and cost a lot more to repair?

      pws69 - 2014-01-07 15:42

      Gift, it costs up to 18 TIMES more to repair a road than maintain it. No Maintenance then the budget available is reduced by up to 18 times. It is NOT rocket science.

      Gift Mogiftana - 2014-01-07 16:04

      Well, technically it is impossible to feed logic to anyone with a spoon..but hey, if you are into that sort of stuff… Yes Jacques, have heard that phrase a lot of times..just last week I made a cognizant decision to avoid having to cure a hangover, I was drinking for 7 days in a row to prevent it instead.. No amount of maintance can prevent potholes..they may reduce the number of potholes and the frequency yes, but there’ll always be potholes, as a car owner myself I also hate it but it’s a fact. the trick is to make roads that are frequently used a priority, that’s why you’ll never see a pothole in the national roads like the N1..some will just have to be ‘’cured’’ and that’s just the way it is, no government in the world can achieve a 100% on their tar roads. Now since they fail to do both at the same time, I would rather they prioritize building more tar roads in the townships than maintain roads that have an average of 100 cars a month using that road ..and no matter how you try to explain it, fact is, to fix something, it has to be broken first!!

      pws69 - 2014-01-07 16:23

      Yes Gift, but by doing regular on quality maintenance, you reduce the need to repair by an average 90%. It is for this exact reason that your cars motorplan become void if you do not take it in at the service intervals specified. Let's do the math: With Maintenance 100km of roads R1 per kilometre for maintenance R18 per kilometre to repair road. R90 for maintenance of 90km R180 for maintenance of 10km Without maintenance, assuming just 20% repairs R80 for maintenance R360 for repairs Budget with vs without maintenance: R270 vs R440 Cost differential: 38,6% more. So, as maintenance decreases, and repairs increase, the available budget is reduced exponentially. The cost differential increases exponentially with the percentage increase for repairs. There is very little in life that is 100% guaranteed, so the trick is to minimise the costs where possible, which then increases infrastructure spend available. Now, if they don't maintain current roads, LOGIC dictates they will not maintain new roads, so at best your new township roads will be a very expensive SHORT TERM solution, until the roads deteriorate due to a lack of maintenance. And this is the problem I have with a lot of South Africans, they cannot reason beyond the first point, they cannot take something to its LOGICAL conclusion.

      Morne Strydom - 2014-01-07 16:26

      @Gift you make a good argument and seem to sound intelligent enough to know that every municipality has a budget to spend on certain areas of their constituency. The same for the roads yes they can only fix what is broken and clearly these ladies have shown that the road is broken and requires fixing. Emphasis has to placed on certain things before they get tended to.

      Eterni80 - 2014-01-07 16:32

      it's an election year, the cANCer will be willing and able until the day after the elections, then it's back to upgrading their houses, buying expensive cars and eating fried chicken. fight the future - with your vote

      Mark Janse van Rensburg - 2014-01-07 16:34

      @Gift and there lies SA's current government current stance. I notice that you get thumbs down - not the worry because the truth is simple. You try to justify a lack of service, and as such defend the forces in charge. I am so sorry my friend to be the bearer of bad news... the ANC has already chose its beneficiaries. They could not care if you right, or in your circumstances brown nose to them. What we write here, does not make a dent on their thick skins - that includes you Mr Brown Nose LOL. UNTIL you learn the power of the cross on the ballet, AND more importantly the power you possess to think for yourself, the ANC will rule. Not withstanding I'm not in the mood to pursue you otherwise - NO I'm simply enjoying the humor some ladies brought into something most of our SA citizens feel helpless against. We need some laughter now and then to boost our cry for our beloved country. Give the ladies what they deserve - I know I do *smile GIFT!*

      Jonathan Woods - 2014-01-07 17:40

      I am sorry but this is really hilarious. Also funny that your mother named you Gift! And yes it appears to be the African way that it must break first. Then you spend time wondering why. Then some more time blaming someone else. Then cry and beg for someone to come and fix it because you don't know how. In other countries they build the road properly to begin with, then they carry out preventative maintenance. You know, like putting oil in your cars engine and changing the oil filter and air cleaner at regular intervals so that it doesn't break down! Do you know that there are many roads in Europe that were originally built by the Romans nearly 2000 years ago. And by the way when the anc say that they will look into rehabilitating the road I hope it is not the same as they rehabilitate murderers and rapist. If that is so the road will never be fixed!

      Johann Van Schalkwyk - 2014-01-07 19:20

      Hi Gift, your command of logic is far beyond those that have replied here. Starting with DavidD, I hope he is able to tell us how to fix something that is not broken. He may get a Nobél prize for that. And poor Jon Roger has obviously never had it spoon fed to him so he'll have to blunder his way through life without it. No wonder this country is in such a bad state.

      pws69 - 2014-01-07 22:39

      Actually Johann, i think you are the one who has had a logic failure. DavidD's comment quite clearly implies that IF preventative maintenance had occurred, repairs would not have been necessary. Only you and Gift seemed to have missed that.

      Imani Exclusives - 2014-01-07 23:09

      But a premier's BMW 750 costing R1,3m cannot wait until next financial year...

      Francois Le Roux - 2014-01-08 07:33

      @Gift,you say it is impossible to maintain 100% functionality? Come see how the DA does it in the Western Cape. And Patrica de Lille's car comes in at under R200k. And ALL the roads are maintained, not only those to Helen Zille's residence, as is the case with Nkandla.

      NicolasGombert - 2014-01-08 08:58

      How about letting the mines who own or contract the vehicles pay for the damage they cause as per the principle of "user pays"? The mines strip our mineral resources without putting anything back. When driving in Mpumalanga, it is pocked-marked with abandoned mines. Water resources are polluted and valuable, sustainable farm land destroyed. When they changed the law to allow for maximum load per axle, all the vehicles were fitted with an extra axle so that can carry more payload. The result: roads that are damaged beyond repair.

      Joe James - 2014-01-08 09:31

      @Francois. Obviously you have never been to Bishop Lavis or Mitchell's Plain.

      Pierre Fourie - 2014-01-08 14:16

      @GIFT - How Ntate, that mentality is exactly why our country is in the state it's in! Yes you can only fix something once it's broken, but clearly looking at the size of the "pothole" this road has been broken for a long time and is still not fixed. Yes you can not prevent potholes in total but you can prevent them from getting that big. I actually worked in road construction and maintenance on the N1 and other roads by maintaining the roads you can save money so that the road can be fixed when it is no longer possible to maintain! By the way as to your comment of tarring the township roads, how the hell can they build new roads if they can't even maintain the current ones? I'm sure the people and taxi's in the townships will love roads with such huge potholes! FYI - South Africa has the most tar roads percentage wise in the world to the size of the country!

      Aaron Aden - 2014-01-10 11:00

      Gift I agree about the potholes but this is a crater it should have been maintained long ago now it needs to be resurfaced.

      Susan Denim - 2014-01-12 07:49

      Mickey, I doubt that Gift (who hasn't said he's an ANC supporter that I've seen. We should avoid presuming) opposes maintenance. Personally I'd say if he IS an ANC supporter, you've found a bright one. He's clearly witty and sardonic, & I don't think insult is necessary. He's saying a few things, including that potholes are unavoidable and that there should be prioritization of certain roads. The first point is clear as day. Recently returned from the USA where the condition of roads, particularly rurally, shocked me (FAR worse than here). This is NOT to say that we should settle for this. Such roads are dangerous, and utterly unnecessary in a country with the human and financial resources we have. The public works projects that have been instituted include many road upgrades, and this is one of the 2 roads I know that should be earmarked for improvement TODAY. It's a national disgrace. (On that score, brilliant initiative girls!) To the second point, if a road is NOT used extensively it seems to me acceptable that it is de-prioritized. There are perfectly serviceable rural dirt roads I know, with just a decent amount of grading for upkeep sufficient for their function. BUT this is a false dichotomy. We should upgrade Township roads, AND these blights on our infrastructure. Employment is needed widely, and such public work could help, and make our roads safer. In this road's case, it needs replacing. Patching won't last as maintenance has been neglected too long.

      Paul Tosio - 2014-01-12 08:15

      If it's true that the kinds of vehicles now frequently using the road mean that it requires a serious upgrade, then that should be done. Either the road is too heavily used than was originally intended, and it needs upgrading because it can't handle the new needs placed on it, or it's not used enough - and should perhaps be replaced with an alternative (dirt?) road. It can't be both of those options. I've recently been on this particular road and it is appalling - certainly the worst I have driven in SA. Vehicles routinely travel on the wrong side of the road when visibility allows- if that wrong side happens to have fewer dongas. Gift, I agree with many of your comments! I also think that maintenance should be a major priority and duty of the municipality who should be held to account for these things. Improving infrastructure in Townships is also utterly essential. I saw a post above that only tax payers should see services delivered? Firstly, I trust you're aware that there are now far more black tax payers than white. Secondly, we have a duty to help people out of poor situations particularly in light of huge unemployment. That huge unemployment figure, and continued economic disenfranchisement, is exacerbated by (unnecessarily) inadequate infrastructure in Townships (etc) - and so upgrading those should be a top priority. But as Sue -above- says, let's not fall into false dichotomy. Improvement to underdeveloped areas can occur together with good maintenance.

  • HeelBek StilBek - 2014-01-07 14:30

    Well Played!!!

      HeelBek StilBek - 2014-01-07 14:31

      Wait a minute....could we have a new Toll road being planned?

      Eugene Meyer - 2014-01-07 14:45

      Potholes, women taking baths in them, people want a better road...Nazir Ali must be sweating with a panting breath after reading this article :D

      pws69 - 2014-01-07 15:44

      Sanral are planning to increase toll roads from 3120km to 9700km (source: sanral website) You jest, but the facts will have you crying.

      Jannie Beirowski - 2014-01-08 11:03

      I was just wondering, there are thousands of likes to negative comments on the ANC, but very few dislikes of negatives, or news of good things the ANC has done. Does this mean there are no good things to report, the ANC voters have no reply to the negative comments, or do they appreciate that we have not yet seen, or realised the total negative impact of the ANC and want to let sleeping dogs lie undisturbed?

      Paul Tosio - 2014-01-12 08:27

      Jannie, I think the clear reason for what you observe is clearly that these forums tend to be anti-ANC and tending toward the politically right-wing. That strikes me as fairly obvious. I say this because of exactly what you have observed - positive things are not acknowledged sufficiently, and the negative is amplified. I am not commenting here about what the 'correct' weighting of bad / good is regarding what the Government does, but I am aware that there's a definite aversion to 'liking' things good, and a eagerness to 'like' things bad.

  • Beverley Du Preez - 2014-01-07 14:32

    Heavy trucks and rain??? More like, no upgrades or regular maintenance!!

      Ntanga Tshivhidzo - 2014-01-07 16:33

      Hi Beverley I have damaged a couple of rims on my car but there is one fact that everyone is forgetting. A road in suburbs, township and low traffic areas is not a heavy duty road and is not designed for frequent use by heavy trucks. The mines have got social responsibility and infrastructure roles to play as well by fixing or participating on public roads that they use frequently. You can never fix a road that was been designed to carry light vehicles if its been damaged by heavy vehicles. The only way here is to redo all the layer works so that they can now carry heavy traffic. These type of roads are expensive comparing with a low traffic and light vehicle road. The sensible thing to do was a joint venture between the government and mine to determine what is required for the road to be usable by both the trucks and light vehicles. As for roads that are deteriorating due to maintenance reasons, every road have got a life span and the government must consider if the roads are reaching the life spans designed for and start focusing on quality roads if the contractors are to blame or simply maintain the roads when the time comes.

      pws69 - 2014-01-07 17:29

      Ntanga, solid commentary, and I would like to focus on one aspect - quality contractors. A major suburban road near my house has frequent potholes, especially during the rainy season. Two of the potholes have been repaired (I use the term loosely) three times in three weeks. Each time the contractor get paid (I think it is R400 a time per repair). Surely our government departments need to implement quality assurance with guarantees? There is no doubt though who is the guilty party here, the contractor who is milking the system, but with proper QA, they can be blacklisted.

      Edward Gobey - 2014-01-07 21:59

      ntanga. first the anc kills rail transport in sa. now they blame the trucks that have to transport the kfc you will be feasting on tonight. do you see the problem???????

      Edward Gobey - 2014-01-07 22:00

      ntanga. by the way. that road is a national road. it would have been constructed to carry loads. a small pothole makes a bigger one. fix it properly when it is small and you will not have a large one. basic......

      Henning Pantke - 2014-01-08 06:48

      @Ntanga...BS mate! Do you think SA is the only country with big trucks? I just drove a 1500 miles through California, on roads used by thousands of heavy duty trucks. Guess how many potholes I encountered? ZERO. As for the mines having to contribute to the roads? BS again. They pay taxes like the rest of us. Why should they now contribute towards something they already paid for. Government has enough money, punt en klaar. Stop appointing the expensive BBBEE tenderpreneurs, and rather appoint the professionals. We all know the BBBEE tenderpreneurs just contract the work out to the professionals anyway, but they take their 20% off the top.

  • Gift Mogiftana - 2014-01-07 14:32

    the government should launch an investigation into why she's wearing underwear while taking a bath and condemn this kind of behavior

      Colin Craig Broadfoot - 2014-01-07 14:37

      It's tradition. Live with it.

      Phillys Winterbottom - 2014-01-07 15:09

      shem, typical mud-hut response from cANCer trash.

      Don Master - 2014-01-07 15:20

      Yes Gift, I second that motion. A commission of inquiry must be launched to investigate this phenomenon of taking a bath while wearing a bikini. It is not human nature to do that.

      Leigh-Rose Jenkins - 2014-01-07 15:27

      Gift, too many people are incapable of knowing what "tongue in cheek" is even if it were to jump off the page and hit them in the face!

      Feik Mc Heither - 2014-01-07 15:28

      I think that was meant to be a joke?

      King Koffi - 2014-01-07 15:33

      the government shoul thank her for exposing the potholes,rather than facing legal claims over accidents that ill occur if this potholes are not sorted out,our tax money mind you?

      Morné Van Der Watt - 2014-01-07 16:27

      And she's drinking in the public..

      Cherice Pieterse - 2014-01-07 20:53


      Gluteus Maximus - 2014-01-08 01:31

      You should be naked when taking a bath...........careful though, Zoomer might be lurking behind a bush...ready to pounce.

      Leigh-Rose Jenkins - 2014-01-08 08:21

      Ken, considering the fact that you are incapable of recognizing literature humour, you are obviously the one who was gifted with stupidity. Seriously, you can't identify a joke when you see one? You must lead a sad, sad life!

  • wayne.strydom - 2014-01-07 14:33

    So it takes someone to have a bath in a pothole to repair it? Who woulda known? I am sure there are some other creative ways we can come up with to solve some of the country's ills?

      Eric Moneyvalu - 2014-01-07 14:48

      We can start by getting all the ANC Goverment employees , Ministers etc to take a grade 7 exam and see who passes.

      Leigh-Rose Jenkins - 2014-01-07 15:31

      Wait, lets first get the governments definition of "fix". A section of the road I live in had got to a point where people were actually driving off the road, along the mud section, to miss the huge craters that had developed in the middle of the road. I watched with little interest and a lot of disbelief when they came to "fix" the potholes: They dug up sand off the side of the road, filled the hole up and then just poured a bit of tar over the top. No guessing what happened the next time it rained... Looks like were back to bundu bashing!

      Kenny Williams - 2014-01-07 18:26

      When she has finished I will be organizing a Yacht race across the pothole.

      Jannie Beirowski - 2014-01-08 11:15

      Wayne, if you are so sure there are other creative ways, can you come up with one just to repair the potholes? At least the lady had thousands of responses from the readers, but also from government! I congratulate her on the success of her attempt and doubt whether you could have presented a more successful effort.

  • Kasilembo Kyakenge - 2014-01-07 14:35

    officals must just fix the roads all arround the province and country so I cannot go take a bath as well. conditions of the roads are just getting worse.

  • mark.k.davidson - 2014-01-07 14:35

    All the trucks that use that road have paid R 9000.00 license fees to maintains he roads. Ergo it's not the trucks fault, it's governments fault for not doing their bloody job....again

  • mark.k.davidson - 2014-01-07 14:35

    All the trucks that use that road have paid R 9000.00 license fees to maintains he roads. Ergo it's not the trucks fault, it's governments fault for not doing their bloody job....again

      Mike Evans - 2014-01-08 09:59

      The Government approved the mining in the area to create Jobs the government has failed to do. With the creation of the mine came heavy trucks machinery, lots of traffic, housing areas and informal settlements. Now the planning should have been approved to upgrade roads, rail, water , sanitation, schools, hospitals, police, fire department, traffic department etc. Then the budgets should have been approved to upgrade, maintain and improve all these items to allow a new mine. Now the trucks drive on roads that were built for 9 ton vehicles with 40 ton loads. The truck owners pay substantial fees for licenses, toll roads to use roads like you do for the license fees you pay for your normal car. In Basic terms there has never been a liberal movement world wide that became government. They have no cause to fight for and no passion to serve, build and maintain. Ladies well done on using social media to create awareness.

  • Lanie Nel - 2014-01-07 14:36

    Ja nee so jaar terug, het ek 3 tyres op een slag verloor op daai einste pad..... en dit was nie cheap tyres nie! 2h00 die oggend.... kan net dankbaar wees, my gesin was nie ook nog aangeval ens... terwyl ek planne moes maak vir n tyres nie... Gelukkig was vriende saam ons en ek het opge"eindig met suv tyres op n sedan net om by ons besteming uit te kom!

      CALAMITYSA - 2014-01-08 09:01

      Of was dit buitebande? Wat is 'n tyre in engels?

  • Colin Craig Broadfoot - 2014-01-07 14:36

    Great stuff, Next bath is in the "FIRE POOL"

      Omn Basso - 2014-01-07 16:39

      Is definition of FIRE POOL already in Wikipedia?

  • Clint Warren - 2014-01-07 14:36

    Brilliant girls!

  • Mel McBride - 2014-01-07 14:37

    Nkandla got a new road - why not you! GO Girls!

      Anel du Plooy - 2014-01-08 09:26

      I didn't see anyone taking a bath to get the road to Nkandla. Maybe Zuma should do so soon to justify it! .... or will it be a shower??

  • Habofanoe Daniel Mothobi - 2014-01-07 14:37

    Blame the rain! Next time blame cars.

  • Andrew M - 2014-01-07 14:38

    Love it !!

  • Eugene Meyer - 2014-01-07 14:39

    Potholes, women taking baths in them, people want a better road...Nazir Ali must be sweating with a panting breath after reading this article :D

  • Marion Brown - 2014-01-07 14:40

    Was this after they took the donkey out?

      Don Master - 2014-01-07 15:20

      Lol!!! Dead

      Gluteus Maximus - 2014-01-08 01:36

      Potholes are created by free stuff falling out of the air as promised by the ANC to its supporters. By the look of it I would say a washing machine landed there.

  • Lwazi Sithole - 2014-01-07 14:42

    fantastic!! I congratulate your use of your right to protest, very creative..

  • Bala Ibrahimovic Makhani - 2014-01-07 14:42

    Thats more like a dam. On my way to fish there

  • Kerushen Reddy - 2014-01-07 14:42

    What a Legend!!! :-)

  • Marion Brown - 2014-01-07 14:43

    Get the makers of the shampoo etc to pay for the advertising - then fix it yourself...... Wonder if she will be arrested for drinking in a public place?

      Tim Rogers - 2014-01-07 15:32

      Thanks Buzz Killington

      Lynn O'Shea Comley-White - 2014-01-07 15:44

      In Joburg about two years ago, a private company started filling up potholes. People could phone in to a radio station saying where the potholes were and then the trucks would go out and fill them up. But the municipality put a stop to this and so what do we have.....? More potholes which are left for months and cause accidents on busy main roads. It made the municipality lose face for somebody else to take care of the problem but they are still not doing it themselves. Typical!!

      Janine Mary Duncan - 2014-01-08 06:24

      Marion you obviously on your phone all day reading and responding to articles , that you make such stupid comments .

  • Willem Steyn - 2014-01-07 14:47

    Just absolutely brilliant!

  • Johnny Comments - 2014-01-07 14:49

    Government will probably put an etoll on this road to get funds to repair the pothole

  • Les Mor - 2014-01-07 14:51

    Be careful they don't toll that road whn done!

  • Lindokuhle Mhlongo - 2014-01-07 14:52

    mpumalanga, u are not alone. kzn is fast becoming the pothole HQ.

      Nothabo Sinxoto - 2014-01-07 17:49

      & EC in the former Transkei

  • Les Mor - 2014-01-07 14:52

    Careful they don't put etolls on that road when they're done with repairs.

  • Lorraine Polson - 2014-01-07 14:54

    Good on you girls!!

  • Ria Cook - 2014-01-07 14:54

    Good case for "be careful what you wish for" - next thing there will be a toll on that road!

  • Frits Fouché - 2014-01-07 14:56

    Its called fixing or rebuilding the road...Don't use your stupid political language of rehabilitating the road. Stop with excuses and start with action!

  • Dada Dudu - 2014-01-07 14:57

    She is not naked though. How do you take a bath wearing a bra and panties

      Babette Felipe - 2014-01-07 17:09

      News24 - keyword = news. There are thousands of free p0rn sites on the internet.

  • NuttyZA - 2014-01-07 15:00

    Don't ask our government to fix these roads... they haven't e-tolled them as yet!!!

  • Hemlock - 2014-01-07 15:00

    Hahahahahaha......give the ladies a Bells and some bubble bath. I tip my hat to you ladies, you are AWESOME!

  • Marianne Dijzel - 2014-01-07 15:02

    We travelled on the Sabie/Witrivier/Hazyview roads during November 2013, with overseas guests. To say the roads were in a shocking state is an understatement. We had to dodge hundreds of potholes to avoid damage to our vehicle, new tyres, not to mention the safety of our guests. The road from Hazyview to God's Window, Bourke's Luck Potholes and the Berlin and Lisbon waterfalls, etc. was in good condition. I understand that the trucks are the cause of the deterioration of most of the roads in what is one of the most beautiful parts of our country. It's the responsibility of the Mpumalanga government to maintain the roads, yes. Is there not also a responsibility on the various industries and their trucks that cause the damage to the road surfaces, to partner with the authorities to maintain the roads, since they are the ones who are causing most of the damage? Just saying...

      Bheki Dingiswayo - 2014-01-07 15:28

      Actually I do not buy that it is because of the trucks that cause the damage on the road- take R50 to Pretoria from MP, R42 to Bronkhorspruit and Nigel- on these roads you can tell where is the border between Mpumalanga and Guateng. Meaning that the cause is that roads in Mpumalanga are not maintained.

      mark.k.davidson - 2014-01-07 15:32

      I own a truck and other than doing a roadworthy every year I pay R 8300.00 license fee per annum. This is meant to repair the damage my truck may do to the roads. Where is the money going.

      Feik Mc Heither - 2014-01-07 15:33

      Not worried about overseas guests but our own well being

      Elreta Kemp Burger - 2014-01-07 15:46

      @Mark, give you one guess where the money is going to ... Nkandla Road!!!!

      Elani Theunissen - 2014-01-07 15:48

      I live on the Sabie/Hazyview road.. My husband and I invented a game where we try and see if you can miss all the potholes without going over the white line... Its impossible...

      King Koffi - 2014-01-07 15:54

      ohh thanks Marianne for vistiting our area and bringing tourists this side,tourism is what makes this place viable economically,unfortunately its the potholes on the roads are a mess,i have sleepless nights because i am worried of the danger to our tourits and the public at large,i took every opportunity i get to raise this matter with the guyz i believe can do something,and realised am starting to annoy them,i am just hoping that they will attend to the roads,i know my hopes might be misplaced,i hope you enjoyed your holidays.

      Marianne Dijzel - 2014-01-07 17:54

      @Mark, I was referring to the big industries in the area e.g. the sawmills transporting the timber logs (I'm not sure what they're called :)) to Sappi, nearby and around Sabie, etc. I accept that you as a private truck owner shouldn't have to make any contributions towards road maintenance, given your annual expenses for licencing and roadworthy certificates. It's the "big businesses" that have fleets of trucks that I feel, could make some contribution to the maintenance of the roads in that area, that are taking such a hammering. :)

      Marianne Dijzel - 2014-01-07 18:05

      @King Koffi, thanks for your comment. Other than the particular roads I was referring to, the trip was fantastic, and our overseas guests were in awe of the Panorama Route. It's our favourite holiday destination, and tourism as you say, is vital for our country and its economy. If I knew who to approach, I'd be prepared to make it my mission, to address the matter, and I wouldn't give a damn if they got annoyed with me, I can handle it -:)

  • Keelvol Insa - 2014-01-07 15:02

    Again they blame everybody, but themselves. Bunch of losers.

  • Sampson Mamphweli - 2014-01-07 15:05

    The roads are just deteriorating in all Provinces, this government has failed dismally

  • Shayasta Joosub Kassimi Faridi - 2014-01-07 15:08

    THIS IS THE MOST FUNNIEST STORY I HAVE READ IN A LONG TIME....hahahaha...well done lady :-)

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  • Denis Gomo - 2014-01-07 15:11

    Keep calm and keep voting the ANC. Just don't come back crying when your car disappears in one of such craters you call potholes - thanks to ANC govenrment competence and useful excuses.

  • Phillys Winterbottom - 2014-01-07 15:11

    yesss, baat de maaanie hes bin tekin for the stratiegik puurchase of blek lucksury gemen vehicles for strategeek deployment in de proveence!!!!

  • Frans Van der Poll - 2014-01-07 15:11

    This lady taking a bath in a pothole did not shock me at all. What did shock me was 'Mashishing' - I thought it was some place in China. OMW!!

      Feik Mc Heither - 2014-01-07 15:35

      Actually it means 'in the midst of pubic hair'. Mashishing

      Eckhart Piprek - 2014-01-07 19:59

      No they were actually trying to spell "machine gun".

  • Brendon Nel - 2014-01-07 15:13

    Filling the holes with gravel does not constitute repairs you lazy bastards!

  • Lydenrust Guest Farm - 2014-01-07 15:17

    Hope the picture brightened your day, Rosie and I had a lot of fun doing it. Really really REALLY hope someone wakes up to the fact that all of us who drive this road daily are in danger every time we make a town trip. Fellow guest houses in the area have had to close their doors. Farmers struggle with transport. People and animals are at risk even if they aren't on the "tarmac" as the heavy trucks now drive on the side of the road throwing huge dust clouds in your path. This road is in the worst possible condition and has been for many years now. Road maintenance is non-existant. Please help SOMEONE! Regards Alison

      Athena - 2014-01-07 15:31

      I have seen this picture all over Facebook. Well done, point made. I hope you can embarrass them into action.

      Nic Mechanic - 2014-01-07 16:48

      @Athena...agree fully but methinks they are too thick-skinned to be embarrased....they will just order the biggest, latest 4x4 to navigate their way and to hell with everyone else....

      Sicelo Mabhelandile Ntondini - 2014-01-08 00:06

      I for one ladies feel for you it must be awful, as all the other comments have shown, we are hoping that the power's that be have "seen". It was an ingenious way of making a point but is better than the other methods I've seen give yourselves a bells

      Janine Filmer - 2014-01-08 00:28

      Congratulation to you ladies for a job well done. Bloody fantastic.

      Janine Filmer - 2014-01-08 00:29

      Oops - "congratulations".

      Gluteus Maximus - 2014-01-08 01:42

      The lady probably had people guarding her. With Zoomer and his sort out there she might have become a statistic.

  • Feeble Bongo - 2014-01-07 15:21

    This is no good. Won't be able to wash her undercarriage (back and front) wearing her bikini. Very important to wash there.

      Eckhart Piprek - 2014-01-07 20:03

      Zoomer can take his wives to bathe there instead of using the water meant for firefighting from their firepool at Nkandla.

  • Peter Michael Staffen - 2014-01-07 15:22

    but the minister can spend R1.3 on cars

  • Derk Woldendorp - 2014-01-07 15:22

    give that woman a Bells

  • Brain Roc - 2014-01-07 15:23

    They will build e-toll to those road. That is what they good at.

  • Raymond Van Den Brink - 2014-01-07 15:24

    The Mpumalanga transport department has blamed the deterioration of the R36 between Machadodorp and Mashishing (formerly Lydenburg) in Mpumalanga on heavy trucks and rain. - NOT just heavy trucks and rain but due to ZERO MAINTENANCE

  • Jackie Hayman - 2014-01-07 15:28

    Well done indeed!

  • Herman Lategan - 2014-01-07 15:28

    Good for you. And remember, an election is coming up. Vote for any opposition party of your choice.

  • Courtney Baird - 2014-01-07 15:28

    just love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tsungai Tawanda Dhliwayo - 2014-01-07 15:28

    Nice work girls. But you should see the potholes in the country north of SA. There are Jacuzzis there!!!

      Lynn O'Shea Comley-White - 2014-01-07 15:48

      Well we are getting there fast!!

      Nic Mechanic - 2014-01-07 16:41

      nah....that's nothing....we have fire pools here....