Villagers fix giant potholes themselves

Residents of Itireleng village, under Madibeng Local Municipality in the northwest, repaired a gravel road in their community. They say they have been asking the municipality to fix it for years. Photos: Chris Gilili

Residents of Itireleng village, which falls under the local municipality of Madibeng in the northwest, have started repairing pothole-riddled roads in their community. They say their calls for improved road infrastructure have fallen on deaf ears at the municipality for years.

According to locals, the main gravel road leading to their village is littered with potholes and despite promises to fix it, nothing has been done so far.

Last weekend, community leader Lebohang Rufino was among 30 other residents who rolled up their sleeves to try and close some of the potholes and built a drainage lane to make the road easier to use. during the floods.

Rufino said people have grown increasingly frustrated with the poor condition of Freedom Street, especially complaints from taxi drivers who more frequently refuse to pick people up in the village.

“There is no movement from the municipality regarding the state of our roads.” A huge pothole was filled with water and could be dangerous, he said. “We want to make our village a better place.

Rufino said some community members donated R50 or more, while others donated bags of cement, underground pipes or their time on the road.

Residents also constructed a drainage lane to facilitate use of the road in the event of flooding.

Another resident, Keleabetsoe Mashike, said: “The government always disappoints us on service delivery issues. Itireleng community members repaired our own main road primarily so taxis could access passengers without damaging their taxis. »

She said many residents had helped buy materials to repair the road. “Being united like this makes me happy because we should do some things on our own. Waiting for the municipality has brought us no joy. I am really honored that Itireleng is doing this himself,” Mashike said.

Ward 95 Councilor Fenky Phaloane (ANC) says the local municipality of Madibeng has included the paving of Freedom Street in its budget. Phaloane said he plans to meet with officials from the project management unit in Madibeng to ask when the road will be repaired.

GroundUp’s questions to the municipality had not been answered at the time of publication.

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