Pretoria North residents tired of waiting on the Tshwane metro to fix potholes in the neighbourhood rolled up their sleeves to do it themselves.
Resident Johan Smit told Rekord this week that the recent heavy rains had turned potholes into “dams”.
“It’s impossible to see the potholes with all the water running down through the streets,” said Smit.
“If you don’t know where all the potholes are, you can seriously damage your car.”
He said the residents estimated there were about 150 holes “of various sizes and depths throughout Pretoria North”.
Locals placed potholes as their second major concern behind streetlights in a Facebook poll last year which had motivated community watch group Pretoria North Residents Association (PNRA) to fix the potholes.
“Potholes have always been a problem because of the ageing roads,” said PNRA chairperson Hammies Hamilton.
“Safety is our biggest concern, and potholes can cause serious accidents. Therefore we – as residents – have to act and help remove this safety hazard.”
PNRA did an audit of the potholes last week.
“On several roads, there are massive potholes,” said Hamilton.
“There has been many car accidents in President Steyn Street because of a large pothole – and I expect there will be more if it is not fixed soon.”
DA ward councillor Yolanda Duvenage said water leaks were adding to the “growing” pothole concern.
“Water can cause the earth beneath the tar to wash away, weakening the surface.”
She said though the city had most of the big water leaks under control, smaller ones were still a problem and more repair teams were needed to address this.
PNRA asked for volunteers to join its effort.
“We need hands and sponsors to help fix our roads,” said Hamilton.
“We can’t wait around for the municipality to fix potholes. And we can’t wait around for more accidents or more potholes to form – we have to take action.
We ask for any volunteers who know something about fixing potholes, or can contribute in any way, to join us.”
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