THERE is barely a road in the Msunduzi municipal district without a pothole, with some looking like victims of a meteor shower.
As a columnist noted in this newspaper previously, Pietermaritzburg motorists have, of necessity, had to develop their driving skills to rival those of taxi and racing car drivers, becoming adept at braking and swerving to avoid causing damage to their vehicles.
The municipality’s announcement of a R1,5 million project to repair potholes is therefore most welcome. There was also the reassuring promise of more money to be made available should this become necessary as the project is rolled out.
Also heartening was the municipality’s willingness to rope in contractors to help get the job done, with the promise being that the city will be pothole-free come the end of February. And further good news came in the form of the proviso that the contractors will be obliged to repair at their own cost any potholes which crop up again within a year.
While laudable, we must ask why it took the municipality as long as it has to take action. It could surely not have been unaware of the growing problem, which is highlighted regularly by writers to this newspaper.
Nevertheless, the announcement is gladly received and we trust the municipality will now address other issues, including the security of the electricity supply, traffic policing, the noanswer municipal call centre and non-functioning street lights, with as much vigour.