Weekend Witness - - Opinion -

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.

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