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Something fishy about these potholes?

The Buffalo City Metropolitan municipality is swimming in potholes from the beachfront to the most affluent suburbs despite spending over R200 million in road maintenance over the past four years.


In 2015 the Metro set aside R80 million for the resurfacing of badly damaged roads and an additional R39 million came from BCM’s operations and maintenance budget to help fix potholes across the metro. Four years later, either new potholes or the old ones have resurfaced much to the chagrin on motorists.


In 2017, Gonubie and Quigney were among the areas that were fixed, but today Gonubie comes in at number one with the most shocking number and size of potholes.

According to the metro, they are facing a road maintenance challenge as some roads have outlasted their lifespan, non-sufficient budget as well as extreme weather conditions.

The Gonubie Rate Payers Association has expressed concern over the ‘quick fix’ methods applied by the municipality. According to Valerie Knoetze, chairperson of the association, the municipality fixes potholes and as soon as it rains, the potholes grow in size.


“This situation in Gonubie is very bad, these roads were not made for the traffic we are currently having, therefore they are collapsing. Some roads have been re-surfaced but the method used is not the right one. Potholes need a jet-patcher,” said Knoetze.

The Gonubie ward has decided to spend their R700 000 from ward funding to fix their residential roads. Four tenders worth R250 000 have been advertised. The association is hoping that a local guy who has a jet-patcher will be chosen, because it is more economical and more efficient for longer lasting repairs.


The Democratic Alliance ward councillor in Gonubie, Andries Swart, agrees with Knoetze that the only sure-fire way to fix potholes for a longer life span is the use of a jet-patcher.

“A resident who owns one had agreed to assist us but the municipality refused. I must acknowledge however that some servicing has started a few months ago and we are hoping that they will take our advice and use proper machinery and workmanship,” said Swart.

The municipality has a ward-based volunteer programme with 500 volunteers recruited to undertake routine maintenance operations such as patching of potholes. This project trains the local community with the skills to be able to carry out minor road repairs, and the clearing of storm water drains.


Quigney comes in at number 2 with severe potholes that extend to the beachfront area. Quigney Councillor, Vusumzi Jece blamed old infrastructure that causes water leakages onto the roads. However, he says work is currently underway in Quigney to either patch or re-surface the roads.“Progress is slow, but we are trying to be faster. Some streets were resurfaced and we are busy re-surfacing the beachfront area by Esplanade. We fix potholes as and when residents identify them and notify us, please be patient,” he pleaded.

“Potholes are a moving target that needs attention daily, “said Samkelo Ngwenya, spokesperson for the Metro.


Residents and motorists could report potholes on (043)705-9220 or 9223 during office hours.


Taxpayers reside in holey streets


The municipality has a ward-based volunteer programme with 500 people recruited to undertake routine maintenance operations such as patching of potholes. This project trains the local community with the skills to be able to carry out minor road repairs, and the clearing of storm water drains.


Quigney comes in at number two with severe potholes that extend to the beachfront area. Quigney Councillor, Vusumzi Jece blamed old infrastructure that causes water leakages onto the roads. However, he says work is currently underway in Quigney to either patch or re-surface the roads. “Progress is slow, but we are trying to be faster. Some streets were resurfaced and we are busy re-surfacing the beachfront area by Esplanade. We fix potholes as and when residents identify them and notify us, please be patient,” he pleaded. “Potholes are a moving target that needs attention daily,” said Samkelo Ngwenya, spokesperson for the Metro.


BCM spokesperson Samkelo Ngwenya was unable to give us the latest status by the time of going to press.


Residents and motorists can report potholes on (043)705-9220 or 9223 during office hours.





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