Following the recent heavy rains, residents are up in arms about the many potholes which have formed throughout Pretoria.
Roads affected in Centurion included Craddock and Clifton Avenues, Retief Avenue and Ireland Avenue to name a few.
“The Old Johannesburg Road is terrible. You look like a drunk trying to avoid potholes,” said Rekord reader Desiré Oosthuizen.
“We have the best laslappie (patch work) roads in the world,” east resident Maggie Joubert told Rekord.
“There is a huge ditch in Badenhorst Street, Wierdapark. I live in the street and hear how people slam through it daily. The municipality fixed a water leak but never repaired the road properly. I’m sure many people had their cars’ suspensions damaged. Fixing it is way overdue,” said resident Bernadine Barnard.
“Your vehicle must be roadworthy but the streets aren’t,” said resident Elize du Plessis Stroebel.
“We live in Heuweloord, Centurion, and the main road in and out is Apiesdoring Drive,” said Margaret Brown.
“It has many potholes in it, which have been reported before Christmas. But to date, nothing has been done about them.”
Local ward councillor Cindy Billson said Ireland Avenue in Eldoraigne was becoming a problem.
“The road had undergone some maintenance but was a stretch of patches. Residents are calling for it to be completely redone.”
Billson said despite the repairs more potholes were forming and the road desperately needed attention.
Elsewhere, local councillor David Farquharson said potholes forming on Craddock Avenue had become a problem for motorists.
“There are also potholes on Clifton Avenue to the north of Lenchen Avenue.”
Shadow roads and transport MEC Fred Nel, said one of the main reasons potholes developed was due to a lack of maintenance of the roads.
Nel said a road consisted usually of seven layers of components under the tar layer.
“A pothole develops when water comes in between the layers which causes the top layers to collapse,” Nel said.
He also said recurring potholes were due to the pothole not being correctly repaired.
“In the end, the main reason for potholes is a lack of treatment and maintenance.”
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