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Road resealing to benefit all communities

22 January 2021
Infrastructure & Engineering Portfolio Councillor, Willem Gertenbach, on a site visit to Uys Street in Jeffreys Bay.

Infrastructure & Engineering Portfolio Councillor, Willem Gertenbach, on a site visit to Uys Street in Jeffreys Bay.

The access road to Ocean View which passes J'Bay Comprehensive has been resealed.

The access road to Ocean View which passes J'Bay Comprehensive has been resealed.

Dolphin Street in Pellsrus is among the other roads to receive a new asphalt overlay.

Dolphin Street in Pellsrus is among the other roads to receive a new asphalt overlay.

Resealing Dolphin Street in Pellsrus.

Resealing Dolphin Street in Pellsrus.

The resealing and repair of roads across the Kouga region is surging ahead.

Kouga Infrastructure and Engineering Portfolio Councillor, Willem Gertenbach, said that more than R8 million had been budgeted for the resealing of roads in the current financial year, ending on 30 June 2021.

“We started this year’s programme in Loerie, where the access roads were resealed, and have since moved on to Jeffreys Bay,” he said.

“Among the roads earmarked for resealing are Dolphin Street in Pellsrus and the access road to Jeffreys Bay Comprehensive High. 

“Humansdorp, Hankey and Patensie are among the other communities set to benefit over the next three months.”

Gertenbach said the municipality’s Infrastructure and Engineering directorate hoped to secure additional funding for the resealing programme in the adjustment budget in February, which would allow them to tackle more roads in the current year.

“The backlog in road maintenance across the region is massive and totals more than R500 million. It is, therefore, impossible to address the backlog all in one go, but we are making progress,” he said.

“Almost 12km of road was resealed in the previous financial year and 2km of gravel road was also tarred.”

He said pothole repairs were ongoing across the region.

“A total of 9720 potholes were fixed from July to December last year. I would like to thank our road teams for their hard work and perseverance. Bit by bit, we will slay the road giant.”