Red tape trips up free pothole repairs

2012-05-04 15:16

Johannesburg - Red tape has led to the City of Johannesburg losing out on the free repair of potholes following month-long delays in the tender process, The Star reported on Friday.

The Dial Direct and LeadSA free pothole repair service, which had led to the fixing of over 30 000 potholes across the city, will cease operation on June 1.

After months of waiting for the tender to be made public, insurance company Dial Direct decided to stop operations at the end of May.

"We learnt the hard way when our Pothole Brigade initiative, which cost the company R1m a month to maintain... got entangled in red tape and tender processes that never materialised," the company's senior executive Bradley du Chenne said.

Motorists had until the end of the month to report potholes.

The project came to a halt after city service providers complained the initiative did not comply with the Municipal Financial Management Act.

Johannesburg Roads Agency spokesperson Thulani Makhubela told The Star: "The city deliberated extensively about this and it was decided it had to be an open and transparent process."

  • Charles Dumbwin - 2012-05-04 15:24

    One word: EISH

      Godfrey - 2012-05-04 15:43


      Sharon - 2012-05-04 15:52

      Two words: Africa Time

      Mark - 2012-05-04 15:53

      Joburg Council should apologise to their ratepayers, but then again, they won't. They are a blight on the richest city in Africa.

      Piet - 2012-05-04 15:58

      no it is because no cadre is benefiting from this. that is the real reason. no BEE so no on skims of the top!

      Gina - 2012-05-04 16:42

      Met eish indeed.... now we will have unusable roads with all the potholes that COJ can't and won't fix, and all because - as Piet said - no BEE cadre was benefitting from the project. How blatantly stupid must one be to decline a free gift horse - only an ANC-led organisation can.

      Wesley - 2012-05-04 17:03

      TIA = this is Africa

  • francois.roux1 - 2012-05-04 15:26

    You see, they don't want the service for free, they want to include the cost of it in the budget so they can steal it...

      George - 2012-05-04 15:44

      You can't steal free bees can you now?

      Wimpie.Haefele - 2012-05-04 15:45

      Tenderpreneurs need to be involved I mean how else are they going to get rich

      Wesley - 2012-05-04 17:05

      I wanted to sponsor a BMW X5 (with lights that flash). Eish I am to scare of all the red tape

      Denise - 2012-05-05 01:56

      So you first create a PROBLEM ... You make sure someone else is blamed for this problem. So you create a "patsy," as they call them in America, a Timothy McVeigh or a Lee Harvey Oswald. ... This brings us to the REACTION from the people — "This can't go on; what are THEY going to do about it?" ... This allows THEM to then openly offer the SOLUTION to the problems they have created ... It's called “Problem-reaction-solution”. It works like this... • The ANC creates a problem • It causes a reaction with the people • The ANC provides a solution...which usually needs MONEY to solve CREATE A PROBLEM • deliberately neglect the infrastructure • gigantic potholes, etc CREATE A “PATSY” • to make money with miss-government • get rid of competent people • appoint grossly incompetent cadres to stuff up at exorbitant salaries • implement AA & BEE to keep competent whites out This guarantees the infrastructure is destroyed & massive problems created. THE SOLUTION • ANC tenderpreneurs set up companies owned by their wives, brothers, sisters, daughters, etc. to “tender” for the jobs • the first wave deliberately mess up, but still get paid millions • the second wave of tenderpreneurs also make money Eventually the job is done & the money is spent, • the same tenderpreneurs now set up more companies • the project is run down again • more loans are taken out • the tender process starts again • & so on & so forth... All courtesy of the Taxpayer!

  • Shirley - 2012-05-04 15:27

    I geuss the delay was caused by the fact that they were batteling to find a way to "fiddle" with this particular tender! Incompetant @ holes!!

      Irene - 2012-05-04 15:55

      Absolutely no doubt about it Shirley. They're not capable of running a bath, let alone a city, let alone a country.

  • Chris - 2012-05-04 15:28

    Your FN morons !

  • Dennis - 2012-05-04 15:31

    Clearly the very corrupt ANC no not want to see a better S A without them getting the major slice !!

      Gieljam - 2012-05-04 18:06

      This just shows how useless these so called managers are. They cant even get so simple effort going successfully . In the mean time it's costing the road users millions for repairs to our cars (not trucks as the are mostly to blame) Never in the history has a government system so bankrupted its citizens due to their incompetency as now .They owe us BIG TIME..

  • lebogang.molefo - 2012-05-04 15:32

    At this point we won't get a tarred road where I live....

      Piet - 2012-05-04 15:59

      You have to pay taxes to qualify!

  • Marion - 2012-05-04 15:32

    Another good initiative bites the dust! If your hit a pothole with your car, take a photo of it and claim from the city for your tyre and rim damage.

      Shanelle - 2012-05-04 15:45

      Marion, I wonder how long that claim will take to come through if at all?

  • Shanelle - 2012-05-04 15:37

    Why should they care? It is after all just us normal citizens whose cars will get damaged. They all drive 4x4's.

      Smile - 2012-05-04 15:38

      Well said! More ANC mess!

  • FinalJustice - 2012-05-04 15:38

    Finding it peculiar that one rarely ever sees service delivery reports in this type of format about Cape Town. And I'm doubting that the media will 'hide' any of them 'cause obviously it'll be news worthy. So what are we left to conclude?

      Irene - 2012-05-04 15:56

      Exactly! The sooner the DA takes over everywhere, the better the country will be.

  • Dave - 2012-05-04 15:40

    Which gormless berk gives valid comments thumbs down.

      Irene - 2012-05-04 15:56

      A cANCer supporter.

  • Kevin Nicklin - 2012-05-04 15:42

    WTF. City of Joburg is happy for its residents to drive around damaging their cars on unattended potholes. Time to charge them for all repair costs resulting from pothole damage! Absolutely pathetic.

  • slymsloot - 2012-05-04 15:42

    F*&%en CLOWNS!

  • Zola - 2012-05-04 15:43

    Tender for WHAT????? This cost the city nothing? WTF!!!!!

  • Hermann - 2012-05-04 15:44

    A free service prevents corruption. Amen.

  • Phillip - 2012-05-04 15:46

    Nothing is free in this country... some one wanted their palm greased.

  • regan.mackie - 2012-05-04 15:51

    What is not transparent is why the JRA states that the initiative does not comply. A free service not paid for by the taxpayer that is more efficient than the JRA. If only there were more such like initiatives’, like self governed municipalities, imagine how the infrastructures quality of governance would improve. The corruption would end as it would be a totally transparent situation.

  • Steve - 2012-05-04 15:58

    Another total F***up.

  • Freddie - 2012-05-04 15:59

    Incompetent, stupid morons. What else do you expect from deployed cadres?

  • Nosiphom - 2012-05-04 16:05

    How can anyone complain about the service not complying with the Municipal Finance Management act ? The council should have allowed that company to also chip in instead of mulling about adding admin to a process that otherwise had cost them nothing. If they were serious they would have told the complainant to go to court!

  • Nosiphom - 2012-05-04 16:06

    Next the Outsurance traffic marshals (points people) will be stopped for the same reason - why should they offer a free service if some tenderpreuner would be better off with the money?

  • victor.davi3 - 2012-05-04 16:13

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  • doug.usher - 2012-05-04 16:17

    Now the JRA get to have someone from their family getting the tender and corruption rears it's head again!!!!!! JRA and government can't seem to appreciate things being done for them for free.

  • doug.usher - 2012-05-04 16:21

    What can one expect from the JRA and local government!!! They are not getting any monies for the work being done and once tendered, will probably have some family member get the tender so open to corruption again!!!! In the end, just costs us, the actual rates and tax payers, a whole lot more on our monthly municipal accounts!!!! Absolute lack of appreciation!!!

  • Gogs Lombard - 2012-05-04 16:22

    How long does it take to register a company that complies with all the BEE regulations and to hide the interested parties so that no record is left to prove nepotism?

  • Jonny Lee - 2012-05-04 16:34

    They need money to feed their families you dumbfcks!

  • Zakhe Cele - 2012-05-04 16:46

    BLOODY IDIOTS!!! i swear these people wake up in the morning and think 'hmm how are we gonna f*#k up these people's lives today',cos everyday it's something new

  • Mayuri - 2012-05-04 17:07

    I now realise that we live in a country of idiots. Fixing the potholes isn't going to cost the government anything yet they stopped this initiative. What is the need for a tender??????

  • Rob - 2012-05-04 17:14

    Watch.....increased rates on the way (to cover the cost of contractors to the job), and then fewer holes fixed anyway.

  • Thabo - 2012-05-04 17:26

    The project did not have to comply with municipal finance act since it is not done through municipal finances. Clearly the tenderpreneurs who raised this thought the project sponsor will handover funds to the municipality, crazy.

  • Fhedzani Sadiki - 2012-05-04 18:05

    WTF? I am speechless, these mother f***** are idiots...

  • merushan - 2012-05-04 18:18

    We should plant seedlings in these potholes

  • Tony - 2012-05-04 18:56

    Sorry for JHB roadusers. They have to decline the offer. If business can fix the roads at no cost, what reason will they have for the tolls.

  • Hudayfah - 2012-05-04 20:09

    lol they want transparency? Are they afraid the company will steal the nothing they getting to do the job? Lol

  • eugene.briel - 2012-05-04 22:04

    Red tape bedamned, no brown envelopes in the back pocket. One of these days Johannesburg's road will be like gravel roads, why you ask "The potholes are being filled with sand".

  • George - 2012-05-05 03:36

    Yes, so are the potholes. Very open and very transparent. Another candidate for public flogging!

  • henk63 - 2012-05-05 09:04

    Their motto is that if they can't hand the tender to a BEE company, then nobody gets the job. The same happens when they vote: Rather starve under black government than live comfortably under a white one. It's all or nothing for those idiots.

  • Ian - 2012-05-06 08:02

    This means that ; "If we can't won't or don't fix it, then........ neither will you": you might just show us up for the useless bumbling bunch of RZoles that we really are!

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  • don.richards.1044 - 2012-07-24 06:58

    Congratulations JHB. You would rather have unsafe roads than have potholes repaired for free. Perhaps one of your tendertrepreneurs was pd off because they were excluded from making money when a free service was doing the job.

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