We want to know: Is your street the hole(iest) in Roodepoort?

The Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, councillor Herman Mashaba, hard at work filling potholes. Photo: Supplied

The saying, “In South Africa we used to drive on the left of the road, now we drive on what is left” is especially true for residents in Roodepoort and surrounding areas.

The majority of the roads are littered with potholes of varying sizes that pose a very real danger to the safety of all road users, and everyone feels that something needs to be done as a matter of urgency.

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The Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg (CoJ), councillor Herman Mashaba, declared a war on potholes by prioritising the repair of failing road surfaces. “I am pleased to announce that the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) was awarded an additional R88 million to address the city-wide pothole repair backlog. A contractor has been appointed and additional staff recruited to assist with these repairs. Pothole repair teams will also be working overtime (including Saturdays and Sundays) to tackle the backlog,” he said.

JRA performed a Visual Condition Index (VCI) inspection of the city’s roads and found that 40 per cent of the roads are in very good condition, 15 per cent in good condition, 15 per cent in a fair condition, 14 per cent in a poor condition and 15 per cent in a very poor condition.

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According to Mashaba, 37 450 potholes were reported through the JRA’s integrated citizen communication channels between April 2015 and February 2017. 32 740 of these reports were resolved, indicating an 87,4 per cent resolution rate. “However, the time taken to repair potholes does not meet our resident’s demand for a professional public service and the JRA is working on improving the turnaround time for these repairs,” said Mashaba.

Mashaba also said that pothole repairs are only a short-term fix to ensure the safety of the road users and that is why the resurfacing and/ or reconstruction of roads will remain the long-term solution to improving the condition of our road networks.

Roads that have deteriorated, but do not meet the VCI criteria for prioritisation within the available funding, will undergo routine maintenance. “This will include pothole repairs and deep patching where possible, until roads are scheduled for resurfacing or reconstruction,” he said.

The Record would like to know if your street is one of Roodepoort’s hole(iest) roads. If you think your street qualifies for this title, take a photograph and send it to us at adeleb@caxton.co.za (remember to add the street name and area, as well as your contact details). We will then compile a list of these areas and send it through to JRA for comment.

Do you perhaps have more information pertaining to this story? Email us at roodepoortrecord@caxton.co.za (remember to include your contact details) or phone us on 011 955 1130.

For free daily local news on the West Rand, also visit our sister newspaper websites 

Randfontein Herald

Krugersdorp News 

Get It Joburg West Magazine

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