Infrastructure problems reign in the north

Photo: File

An ageing infrastructure and lack of preventative maintenance are just a few of the problems facing ward councillors in the north of Pretoria on a daily basis.

There was also the challenge of sabotage, said DA constituency head for Akasia, Ga-Rankuwa and Soshanguve south Janho Engelbrecht.

“Some sewage pipes in Ga-Rankuwa got blocked after cement was poured into them by individuals who wanted to create a problem for the city,” Engelbrecht told Rekord.

Most problems – such as potholes, power interruptions and water leaks – can, however, be attributed to the old infrastructure in the city.

ALSO READ: Some 80% of budget allocated for township infrastructure development

“They are as a result of old infrastructure and a lack of preventative maintenance in the past.”

Rekord spoke to some residents about the problems facing them in their respective neighbourhoods.

Some Akasia residents complained about the potholed roads they must navigate each day.

“The potholes cause damage to our cars,” resident Peter Mashaba said.

“The roads were patched recently, but it is only a matter of time until they start coming undone,” said another resident, Josephine Modumo.

“It is time the municipality did a proper job instead of giving us temporary solutions.”

Another resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said there was a water leak in his area which remained unattended.

He also told Rekord that he had, however, not reported the leak to the metro.

“I know it is a waste of time to contact them.”

Engelbrecht urged residents to report problems to the city for them to be solved.

ALSO READ: How to report faulty streetlights, damaged roads

Residents can report it to the call centre at 012-358-9999, e-mail [email protected] or fax to 086-400-4542.

If the problems remained unattended to, residents were urged to inform their local ward councillors.

“If residents do not know in which ward they live or who their ward councillor is, they can check on the internet at www.da.org.za under the ‘our people’ drop-down menu.”

The turnaround time for the repair of water leaks has been far from satisfactory, according to Tshwane utility services MMC Darryl Moss.

Moss said the city had put various measures in place to address the problem.

This includes employing additional plumbing teams and a significant increase in the budget for repairs and maintenance.

The utility services department, which is responsible for the supply of bulk services for water, sanitation and electricity, has an ongoing programme for replacing or upgrading infrastructure, he said.

The programme includes replacing asbestos-cement water pipes, inadequate sewage lines, replacing and upgrading low voltage electricity cables and lines, as well as upgrading substations.

ALSO READ: TUT boosts disability infrastructure

Their draft budget for the 2018/19 financial year is more than R870 million.

This includes:

-Water demand management (R130 million)

-Replacement of water pipes (R74 million)

-Strengthening of 11kv lines (R33 million)

-Sewer replacement, mostly in Ga-Rankuwa and Soshanguve (R20 million)

-New bulk electricity infrastructure such as the Bronkhorstspruit, Kentron and Soshanguve substations (R120 million)

-Electricity distribution upgrades (R500 million)

ALSO READ: Tshwane road infrastructure on track

Do you have more information about the story? Please send us an email to [email protected] or phone us on 083 625 4114.

For free breaking and community news, visit Rekord’s websites:

Rekord East

Rekord North

Rekord Centurion

Rekord Moot

For more news and interesting articles, like Rekord on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or Instagram

  AUTHOR
Keitumetse Maako

Latest News

COMMENTS

Top
Recommended Story x
Murky, smelly tap water in the north

Thanks for your referral. We have no doubt your friends will love our newsletter as much as you!

Don't forget to verify your email.

to our FREE newsletter
SUBSCRIBE to our FREE newsletter.




SELECT your titles:

Centurion Rekord
Rekord East
Rekord Moot
Rekord North


Get regular news updates sent directly to you inbox.

Your source of local breaking news and trending stories from across the country.

Be a part of our growing community

1MILFacebook Fans
98KTwitter Followers
5MILMonthly Readers
12MILArticles Published Every Month
72Local Community Websites

SUBSCRIBE to our FREE newsletter

SELECT your titles:

Centurion Rekord
Rekord East
Rekord Moot
Rekord North

Get regular news updates sent directly to you inbox.

Your source of local breaking news and trending stories from across the country.

Be a part of our growing community

Subscribe Here
1MILFacebook Fans
98KTwitter Followers
5MILMonthly Readers
12MILArticles Published Every Month
72Local Community Websites
Your details:


Your friends: