KZN taxi owners demand action on potholes

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P549 Road in Ahrens near Kranskop is riddled with huge potholes.
P549 Road in Ahrens near Kranskop is riddled with huge potholes.

Taxi drivers in Kranskop near Greytown are calling on the provincial Department of Transport to fix roads that are riddled with huge potholes.

Despite numerous complaints made to the Department of Transport to fix these roads, taxi drivers said all their complaints have fallen on deaf ears.

Chairperson of Hlokomela and Matimatolo Taxi Association, Musa Dlomo, said his association has received numerous complaints from frustrated drivers about the bad state of the roads in Kranskop and Matimatolo.

“We can’t fix the roads ourselves because that’s not our duty as the taxi association. All the roads in Matimatolo and Kranskop are ridded with huge potholes. Reporting potholes to the department is pointless because recently we are being fed with the same line that the department has a short-staffed team due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Our roads are a mess that needs urgent intervention.

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“The lives of our passengers and drivers are at risk. We hold meetings almost every month with the department to try and come up with a solution, but there’s no way forward.

Ward councillor Musa Zondi said complaints from taxi drivers had been escalated to the Department of Transport.

The 15-km stretch of road serves the Ahrens community by providing access to schools, clinics and the sugar and timber industry.

Attempts to get a comment from the provincial Department of Transport were unsuccessful.

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