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124 potholes fixed in just one street

19 November 2018
A total of 117 potholes were repaired at Gazelle Street, Jeffreys Bay, this week.

A total of 117 potholes were repaired at Gazelle Street, Jeffreys Bay, this week.

A large pothole at Jacobs Street, Humansdorp.

A large pothole at Jacobs Street, Humansdorp.

A total of 124 potholes were repaired at Tshume Street, Hankey.

A total of 124 potholes were repaired at Tshume Street, Hankey.

A total of 124 potholes were repaired at Tshume Street, Hankey.

A total of 124 potholes were repaired at Tshume Street, Hankey.

Repairing Potholes at Paradise Beach.

Repairing Potholes at Paradise Beach.

Pothole repairs are also ongoing in Humansdorp.

Pothole repairs are also ongoing in Humansdorp.

More than 100 potholes were fixed in a single street at Hankey this week as Kouga Municipality continued its drive to repair rain-damaged roads.

Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said acting foreman George Laminnie and his team had repaired 124 potholes in Tshume Street, Hankey, this week.

“They have already done extensive work in Patensie and will be moving on to other roads in Hankey as well, " he said.

Road repairs have also been ongoing in other Kouga towns, with foreman Johnson Katoo and his team repairing 117 potholes in Gazelle Street, Jeffreys Bay, on Monday and Tuesday. 

"We are still calculating the total number of potholes that have been repaired since September but expect the total to be far more than 1000," Hendricks said. 

"We would like to thank all our road repair teams for the good work they have been doing."

Foremen Sydney Lamont and Patrick Dayimani have been leading the road repair teams at St Francis and Humansdorp respectively. 

Hendricks said the rain damage was made worse by years of neglect by previous Councils to maintain the region's internal road network.

"The lifespan of a road is only about 20 to 25 years, then it has to be rebuilt. Roads also have to be resealed at least once every seven years.

"Most roads in Kouga are far older than 25 years and have never been resealed. 

"This means that the entire road network actually needs to be rebuilt and that filling potholes is simply a temporary fix for a far more serious problem."

Hendricks said securing external funding to upgrade Kouga's roads was essential.

"It costs about R4,5 million to build one kilometre of road. The municipality simply does not have sufficient income to rebuild the entire network. 

"We are, therefore, exploring alternative sources of funding to implement a long-term solution to Kouga's road problem." 

Residents are encouraged to report potholes through the municipality's Link service delivery app. The app can be downloaded for free from the Google Play or App Store or go to https://download.linkapp.co.za/#dl