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The City is pouring money into fixing potholes and sorting out storm water drainage, so improving infrastructure for its citizens.
JOBURG has turned its attention to its roads, where storm water drainage is being upgraded and potholes are being fixed.


JRA workers fix potholesJRA fill in potholes in AlexandraThe Johannesburg Road Agency (JRA) has devised a new strategy, Khendla ma-Pothole – meaning “fix the potholes” – to eradicate potholes in 200 roads across the city, at a total cost of R4-million a month, according to the agency’s spokesperson, Thulani Makhubela.

Khendla ma-Pothole was launched in Ivory Park on 6 January. Under it, contractors will be appointed to deal with the potholes over three years. The JRA also took the opportunity to urge people to safeguard existing infrastructure.

“Whereas the JRA remains committed to sustainable service, without the community’s involvement all the hard work [will] go to waste,” said Makhubela.

Petros Zitha, the Ward 79 councillor in Ivory Park, said the number of potholes in his area had soared following the heavy rains. “Many areas of damaged roads were beyond the simple filling of potholes and hence larger and more widespread repairs were required.”

The project would create employment for the youth. “The involvement of the community in the project will help cut down illegal activities such as digging to create illegal speed humps and extending tents on tarred roads.”

Potholes caused a great deal of problems for motorists, Zitha added. “At a meeting held in December to discuss the issue, most taxi owners complained about their vehicles getting damaged before they had finished making payments.”

Storm water
On its storm water management project, the JRA has spent R140-million upgrading Joburg’s storm water drainage system. The agency is converting open storm water channels to underground systems in townships such as Alexandra, Ivory Park, Diepsloot and Orange Farm.

Makhubela said the aim of the project was to upgrade the environment and living standards of the community by providing basic social and infrastructural services. “It is a substantial upgrade which allows the system to handle a bigger storm water load when we are hit with lots of rain.”

The JRA is also upgrading the old, inadequate drainage systems, constructing new infrastructure and finalising storm water master planning and flood-line determination. Makhubela urged people not to dump rubbish in storm water drains as this clogged the drainage system.

It has also embarked on a community education campaign to teach people the importance of taking care of roads.

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