Following countless complaints about potholes all over the city, the Msunduzi Municipality has begun a programme to fill potholes in and around the Pietermaritzburg city centre.
The city’s roads have been in a dire condition for years and residents have often raised concerns about the danger they pose to motorists. They have often blamed local government for not doing anything to keep the city roads up to the required standard.
To carry out the programme, the municipality will use its internal staff and contractors.
Spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha said they are planning to fix at least 1 500 potholes before the end of the month.
However, Pro-Phalt, which has been a regular contractor to fix potholes in the city, has not been contacted about the project, according to site manager Gerard Lowe.
With October being transport month, Mafumbatha said it was fitting to start the programme now, but it will continue even beyond.
The municipality also called on residents to help identify more potholes that need to be fixed by reporting them.
“It’s transport month and part of our plans for it is to focus on rehabilitation of roads. We are closing potholes and the programme has already started,” Mafumbatha told The Witness.
“We are encouraging Pietermaritzburg residents to report all the potholes that they know, or they see through our call centre so that we can attend to them.
”Some of the areas that the municipality is working on are Chasedene, Northdale, Copseville, Haniville, Panorama Gardens, Eastwood, Cinderella Park, Mountain Rise, Mkondeni, Edendale, Glenwood, Thaboville, Swapo, CBD and surroundings.
Msunduzi’s laxity in fixing potholes has led residents and local businesses to take it upon themselves to repair them.
Mafumbatha applauded all those who have played a part and helped Msunduzi in improving the state of the roads.
“The community and some private businesses have been taking part and fixing some potholes in a number of areas,” she said.
“We as a government applaud partnerships and other businesses assisting in closing potholes in their respective areas.”
To report potholes, phone the City at 080 000 1868