Service delivery is at an all-time low in Msukaligwa Local Municipality

Service delivery is at an all-time low in Msukaligwa Local Municipality with residents frustrated with the lack of maintenance.

The deplorable state of the roads is a sore point with motorists, who have to deal with potholes and deteriorating street conditions.

With the financial year 2017/2018 underway and a budget allocated to Msukaligwa Local Municipality for potholes and street repairs, residents are left wondering when such repairs will begin.

Oosthuizen Street is riddled with potholes, with motorists lamenting the fact that some municipal projects get more attention than others.

“I don’t understand why fencing the Civic Centre or a swimming pool takes top priority when the roads that we use daily are rotten,” said one motorist.

She added that filling the potholes with sand is useless, that it will not help in the long term and suggested an overhaul of all the roads.

Van Riebeeck Street is another street synonymous with potholes, with the road more gravel than tar. It is a major route for public transport, as it is a shorter route to Wesselton.

These streets are just two of many in a series of streets in dire need of repair by the municipality.

When the Highvelder enquired about the street repair budget and how the municipality is planning on using it, municipal spokesman, Mandla Zwane, said the budget is available and is used.

He said it is used for all tar road repairs, but priorities change weekly, and with the rainy season approaching, the planning will change more often.

When asked if there was a plan of action to fix the roads, Mr Zwane said they fix the roads with asphalt and if no asphalt is available, the potholes are filled with gravel as a temporary measure until permanent repairs can be done.

He added that the roads section concentrates on the major taxi routes to and from the CBD, as well as on emergency requests from the community.

He did admit that most of the tar roads in Msukaligwa have potholes, and constant attention will be given to the roads as resources are available.

The good news is that the Gert Sibande District Municipality has allocated R5-million for pothole repair materials and will help all seven municipalities in need of assistance.

The district appointed cooperatives towards the end of May, who will repair the roads throughout Msukaligwa Local Municipality.

Mashavane Crushers and Logistics and Primary Cooperative Limited, Sakhubuntu Group Cooperative, and Sovulane Project Primary Cooperative are tasked with the job at hand. Work has been done with the intersection of Murray and Joubert Street in the process of being re-surfaced.

Mr Zwane asked the community to be patient as work is being done.

The roads are just one in a number of service delivery issues to plague Msukaligwa, as water stoppages continued in the past week.

According to Mr Zwane, a main pipe from the airport reservoirs burst again last Thursday with certain areas experiencing water stoppages and low water pressure.

Residents in Wesselton had to make do with water from natural springs as reported in the Highvelder last week.

On the other side of the coin, residents on the corner of Camden Avenue, George Botha and Jan Jacobsz Street have had to deal with a 10-year-old problem of water gushing out of a fire hydrant.

The municipality has tried to repair the hydrant throughout the years with no success.

According to residents living in the area, the municipality’s last attempt was three weeks ago, but the hydrant is still spewing water.


Amanda Mthembu

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