by Andrew Louw – DA Northern Cape Premier Candidate
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Date: 03 April 2019
Today, Wednesday 3 April, the Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Northern Cape launched our “Pothhole Fixing Campaign” to bring the sparkle back to Kimberley.
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Please find attached an Afrikaans and an English soundbite by the Northern Cape Premier Candidate, Andrew Louw.
It is extremely rare to find a stretch of road in and around Kimberley that is entirely free of potholes in this city.
For more than a year, calls on Sol Plaatje Municipality to fix a growing number of potholes in and around the city, have fallen on deaf ears. In effect, the road network in the city has significantly regressed. Kimberley is not just the city of the big hole, it’s the “city of holes”.
This is extremely frustrating for motorists. People’s tyres are being shredded. Potholes are further causing severe damage to vehicles such as tyre punctures, rim impairments or damaged wheel alignment or suspension. In some incidents, vehicles are even written off and the occupants are badly injured.
The DA cannot tolerate the fact that the failing Sol Plaatje Municipality deliberately and wilfully does nothing about the state of our roads.
I have it on good authority that it would take just R5 million to fix up all the potholes in Kimberley, from Roodepan, to Greenpoint, to New Hillcrest. It is an entirely doable project, if Sol Plaatje would just stop misappropriating funds and prioritise spending where it’s needed.
While the failing ANC government won’t address the pothole crisis, the DA has committed to do so, and a promise we make, is a promise we keep. That is why we have budgeted R150 000 towards this project. It won’t cover everything, but it will make a difference.
I therefore also want to reach out to other stakeholders to take on the challenge of fixing our roads, until such time as we have a capable government in place to keep our road network in tip top shape.
In the DA-run cities of Cape Town and Johannesburg, there is at least a concerted effort to patch potholes. In the City of Cape Town, the municipality has a benchmark of 72 hours for fixing reported potholes. The city of Joburg has implemented a similar system and in the month of February, they upped their pothole repair strategy and fixed 2700 potholes.
Potholes can further be reported online or via a Find&Fix app, that allows residents to take snaps of the pothole, and send the picture through, using the GPS location. They can also report faults on Twitter, Facebook or e-mail or simply call the contact centre.
The DA values infrastructure and understands the importance of having a good road network, for people’s convenience, for their safety, for their affordability, and of course for ease of doing business and stimulating the economy.
Only change under a DA-led government, will see to it that government funds are invested in road infrastructure, to eradicate potholes and ensure that our roads are maintained.
DA Northern Cape Premier Candidate
082 383 6914
Shelley De Witt
082 847 1387