The Mercury

Residents ask Howick crusader and team to repair more potholes


WHAT started as a simple crusade to fix a bumpy and pothole-riddled road in the neighbourh­ood is increasing­ly becoming a way of earning a living for Howick resident Jonty Myhill’s assistants, as calls for their services have soared in recent days.

Last week, The Mercury reported how Myhill had started fixing Curry’s Post Road – which he calls a death trap – three years ago, fearing that waiting for the uMngeni Municipali­ty to fix it could lead to further delays and possible loss of lives. Since then, Myhill has conducted repairs every year and hired locals on a temporary basis to help him.

Last week, he caused a social media stir over a road sign warning about the repairs which stated that the local municipali­ty was “useless”. However, Myhill said he had not written the wording for the sign and emphasised that he did not bear a grudge against the municipali­ty over the state of disrepair of roads in the area.

Myhill said yesterday that in the past week he had been approached for assistance with other roads.

“There have been a few people asking me for help with potholes, and it might turn into more permanent work for three guys,” said Myhill this week.

Meanwhile, another Howick resident, Kate Porter, has embarked on a campaign to send 1 000 emails to President Cyril Ramaphosa to demonstrat­e residents’ frustratio­n with what she described as the “lacklustre response by uMngeni Municipali­ty to service-delivery challenges”.

Porter said yesterday that she was hopeful that the email target would be reached soon.

She said the move to alert the president had come after frustratio­n over the lack of response from municipal officials.

“We believe a few hundred emails have been sent. This is an act of desperatio­n as we get absolutely no response from the municipali­ty,” said Porter.

She cited potholes, collapsing infrastruc­ture and lack of support for local businesses as some of their key concerns, but singled out the lack of response by the municipali­ty as the main concern.

“Our municipali­ty’s municipal manager email (address) is no longer receiving the emails. We are unsure why, but after the first two days of our campaign, emails began bouncing back,” said Porter.

However, municipal spokespers­on Thando Mgaga said there was no problem with the municipal email system.

According to KwaZulu-Natal Co-operative Governance and Traditiona­l Affairs spokespers­on Senzelwe Mzila, uMngeni Municipali­ty was receiving assistance from the department as it had deployed experts to assist struggling municipali­ties.

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