Umngeni sets aside R14 million to tackle potholes

Umngeni sets aside R14 million to tackle potholes

An amount of R14 million has been set aside to address the longstanding issue of potholes at Umngeni municipality which has been a source of headache for its residents.

Road towards Giant Castle stock photo
iStock - Surface level view of the road towards Giant Castle, Natal, South-Africa

It's even pushed frustrated locals to approach the courts to achieve resolution. Mayor Sizwe Sokhela says they are aware of the inconvenience caused by the state of their municipal roads.

While delivering his budget last week he went as far as announcing the municipality will be reducing the amount of overtime in order to redirect monies toward road infrastructures. 

Sokhela says the issue of potholes was discussed as an urgent matter during a visit by COGTA MEC there this week.

"Our road infrastructure is deteriorating and we did request the MEC intervene in terms of providing us with additional funds", he said.

"Even though have set aside some funds as a municipality we still felt the need to ask for additional funding because on our budget we had set aside R14 million for pothole repairs", Sokhela said.

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