MLM a no-show as potholes multiply

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GK CRONJE

30 March 2022

To date, not a single pothole had been repaired in Hardewyk Road, where the initial repairs were said to start.

On Wednesday, 19 January 2022, the executive mayor, Cllr Mahlalela, accompanied by the technical services MMC, Cllr Zulu, hosted a meet and greet with affected parties in Hardewyk Road, Nederland Park, to affirm their commitment to improving the service delivery in Ermelo, especially the condition of the roads. Various roleplayers in the private and business sector attended the meeting, explaining how the community is adversely affected by state of the roads in Ermelo. The MMC assured all attendees that they were in the works of procuring the machinery and cold asphalt needed to commence repairs. Fast forward to 29 March 2022, and Msukaligwa Local Municipality (MLM) is missing in action. Where the community scoffed at the promises made by the municipal management, the notion of distrust has now taken form.

To date, not a single pothole had been repaired in Hardewyk Road, where the initial repairs were said to start. On the contrary, the state of the road is worse, not to mention 90% of the roadways in Ermelo and the surrounding areas. Road users suffer damages to their vehicles and tyres on a daily basis, with no reprieve in sight. Additionally, some of the self-repair strategies do more harm than good, with all manner of construction rubble, bricks and shards of floor tiles being thrown into potholes, which in turn poses an additional danger to both motorists and pedestrians. Most notably, the entirety of Netherland Park is riddled with potholes and sinkholes, with Ermelo East, Cassim Park and De Bruin Park in close contest. Many of Wesselton, Sun City and Nyibe’s roads are completely untraversable.

The state of Ermelo’s roads has even caused a large number of residents to mention Ermelo in Jacaranda FM’s show, Breakfast With Martin Bester, along with the hashtag, #Gatvol. Several attempts from the Tribune ePaper to clarify the situation has yielded no results. Several attempts by the Tribune to contact MMC Zulu also yielded no response.