Ku­dos and thanks for pot­hole re­pair cam­paign

Grocott's Mail - - MAKANA VOICES -

Dear Gra­ham­stown Res­i­dents, Af­ter years of neg­li­gence by the mu­nic­i­pal­ity, the Makana Re­vive com­mit­tee re­solved to ini­ti­ate the re­pair of Makana’s sal­vage­able roads. Com­menc­ing last Thurs­day, pro­fes­sional road re­pairs were started by the Jet­patcher con­trac­tor team from East Lon­don.

What started as a Face­book so­cial me­dia re­quest for as­sis­tance en­er­gised our small com­mu­nity and within five hours, the Face­book page had some 6000 hits and do­na­tions started pour­ing in. In­ter­views were held and even the na­tional press re­ported on our ini­tia­tive of ‘tak­ing back our city, one pot­hole at a time’.

We were over­whelmed by the show of sup­port and de­spite some set­backs, the Jet­patcher team man­aged to tackle some of the worst pot­holes (even craters) in Joza, Oat­lands and the CBD. Even the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of­fi­cials were sup­port­ive of our ef­forts, al­low­ing traf­fic of­fi­cials and staff to co­op­er­ate with the Jet­patcher crew. Within a day, the new Makana Man­ager had ini­ti­ated dis­cus­sions and we can now re­port that the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity has con­tracted with Jet­patcher for a fur­ther four weeks of re­pairs.

We thank the hun­dreds of con­trib­u­tors – you are part of the fab­ric of our so­ci­ety and you un­der­stand the crit­i­cal need to save what is left of our city’s in­fra­struc­ture. Many con­trib­u­tors chose to re­main anony­mous, but we would like to ac­knowl­edge Sally Price-Smith who do­nated ac­com­mo­da­tion and meals, the di­rec­tors of Makana Brick and Mi­cronized SA who stood surety for the con­trac­tor pay­ment, Tim Bull, Richard Gaybba and the GRA for lo­gis­ti­cal sup­port, Carara Agri, De Jager Lor­dan Inc and many other busi­nesses who chal­lenged other busi­nesses to con­trib­ute or pro­vided in­di­rect sup­port. And to those count­less cit­i­zens who stopped, of­fered en­cour­age­ment, cold drinks, sand­wiches and smiles of ap­pre­ci­a­tion … you rock!

Makana Re­vive! had one sig­nif­i­cant goal: that the re­me­dial work be done pro­fes­sion­ally. We wanted value and to en­sure qual­ity over quan­tity. It made no sense to patch an un­pre­pared pot­hole just to have the work re­done within a few months. Our roads are in such a state of dis­re­pair that some pot­holes re­quired nearly half a cu­bic me­tre of bi­tu­men ag­gre­gate to re­pair. As do­na­tions per­mit, we will con­tinue to re­pair roads, pro­vide pri­vately ser­viced refuse bins and pur­sue our 2018 goal: to have as much of Gra­ham­stown made safer with 24/7 armed rep­sonse to law­less­ness.

Through civil so­ci­ety bod­ies such as the Gra­ham­stown Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion and the Con­cerned Cit­i­zens Com­mitte, we we will con­tinue our work to com­pel this gov­ern­ment to de­liver on ser­vices and run our mu­nic­i­pal­ity ac­cord­ing to the obli­ga­tions con­tained in our Con­sti­tu­tion and laws.

For a few amaz­ing days we joined as a com­mu­nity and showed South Africa what can be done. With your con­tin­ued en­er­gies, th­ese few days of ef­fort can grow into a sea­son of hope and the re­al­ity of a bet­ter fu­ture for us all. THANK YOU Gra­ham­stown.. THANK YOU!

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