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Some “battles” you win, some you lose … Many complaints have been, and are still heard regarding the state of streets and pavements in Mkhondo.

Recently Bidvest was contracted by the Mkhondo Municipality to fix potholes in town and they did a great job. Thank you once again. Some you win … Not all holes were fixed, however, as the state of streets and some sections look as bad as, or even worse than, before.

A drive down Westend Street or Jacques Street and some streets in Kempville, to name only but a few, should be proof enough. Some you lose … The pavements in Mark Street have been left in a seriously bad state after the laying of electrical cables. Trucks ruin curb stones, stormwater drains and newly tarred surfaces on a daily basis. Where pedestrians have to walk safely, remains a puzzle. One very hazardous hole can be found in Smit Street at the corner with Kotze Street.

A deep hole, partly on the pavement and partly on the road surface and filled with water, that is not covered and warnings of its existence are inadequate. This poses a serious threat to pedestrians and cyclers alike, including children, especially when visibility is not good. It has in fact come to our attention that someone was recently injured rather badly when falling at the exact spot, because of the hole. What caused the hole to be there in the first place is not known, but that it should be repaired is obvious. Whose responsibility would that be?

State of streets Piet Retief
The Smit Street hole, filled with dirty water, has been there for quite a time, judged by the grass growing at the edges

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