Ten out of ten to parks dept. but, oh dear, the roads!

Sir,

In the current situation in South Africa where service delivery protest actions are a daily occurrence, what a pleasant surprise to see Umvoti Municipality Parks and Gardens beautifying the entrances to Greytown.

This department, as well as the refuse collection department, and “the-clean-up-the-town-after-payday-and-weekends-in-the-park-department” do a splendid job in keeping the town clean. Well done to the managers and staff involved.

On the other hand, the manager of the roads department in town should hang his head in shame for a terrible job in keeping our traffic flowing smoothly.

Potholes still abound, and when they are filled, they are filled with a minuscule amount of tar, thus ensuring that they reappear within a short space of time, requiring more expense in repeating the whole useless process again.

Please someone, maybe the Parks and Gardens manager and his team, show this department how to do their job correctly.

The most recent abomination of a decision from the roads team manager are the deep grooves cut across the excellent tar roads in town. Cutting deeply into the tar down to mother earth just before the rainy season has to be one of the most stupid endeavours I have been witness to. The grooves were cut months ago, and there they sit — unfilled — absorbing rain and starting to crumble at the edges.

Does the road department have a plan for these grooves? Does the manager know why they were cut?

Is he aware of the very expensive damage that will be caused to our roads by the excavation of these grooves by the rain and heavy traffic driving over the edges?

Are the residents of Greytown and Enhlalakahle aware of the money that will be spent on repairing the trenches that will inevitably develop, rather than on essential tarring of roads, water supply, electrification etc? Maybe they should ask their councillor. Or the road manager. Or maybe he can respond to my criticism and let us know what is happening to our rates money.

MIKE BARROW

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