Potholes in Alrode continue to threaten businesses in the hub

Road deteriorating in Alrode.


30-01-2024
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Alberton Record
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“I have lost hope with all the City of Ekurhuleni’s departments in the view of the fact that every time I approach them regarding challenging matters in the community, they always say that they are unable to assist due to budget constraints,” Nair expressed.



Motorists and business owners in Alrode and the surrounding areas are extremely concerned about the number of massive potholes.



Some of these potholes have been repaired by businesses, however, according to Clr Samantha Nair, this has resulted in further road degradation. She said, “The potholes patched by businesses have been patched on top of the water leak which further degraded the roads.”



Nonetheless, there appeared to be hope when the City of Ekurhuleni (CoE) roads department promised to extensively rebuild additional roads in the industrial area within the budget for the 2024/25 fiscal year.



The city promised to patch Longkloof and Rivett-Carnett streets in the business hub by December 22, last year.



Talking to Nair, she told the Alberton Record that some of the potholes were patched as promised but she is fighting a losing battle against CoE. “The area is not in a good state at all and this impacts the businesses in the neighbourhood negatively.”



She said that Rivett-Carnett and Langkloof streets had substantial damages as a result of a water leak.



According to her evaluations, both roadways sustained significant damage as a result of the water leak’s prolonged repair. Due to the damaged roads, businesses on both streets had to incur losses because consumers were unable to reach them.



“I have lost hope with all the City of Ekurhuleni’s departments in the view of the fact that every time I approach them regarding challenging matters in the community, they always say that they are unable to assist due to budget constraints,” Nair expressed.



Furthermore, she stated that Alrode as a whole is not in a good state to be harbouring businesses that employ locals.



Along with several other roads in Alberton and the neighbouring areas, Potgieter, Garfield, Dan Jacobs and Bosworth streets were among the ones that were meant to be repaired by the end of December.



During Alberton Record’s visit to Alrode, only one road was patched. However, even that road was left unfinished and the city said that it was because of the persistent rainfalls the area has witnessed during the festive season.



The Alberton Record has sent a query for comment to the City of Ekurhuleni to find out when the potholes will eventually be patched.

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