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Streets reconstructed

Some things are just incomprehensible – like destroying what you have achieved.

During 2015 residents, and especially business owners of premises alongside the area around the western end of Mark Street and the adjoining part of Zuidend Street, had to be very patient while streets were being reconstructed.

Dlamzak did a great job and the finalised portions of streets were officially opened on 23 June 2015, during a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Alas! Towards the end of the year electricity “updates” required the laying of new cables and the good work was undone. Is it possible, however, to make such an awful mess of the surrounding streets while digging trenches and laying cables? The worst of all is that it has been left as is for quite a time now. Are the contractors to blame for doing a messy job? Whose responsibility is it to repair the damage and restore everything to its original state? And when will it be done?

Some upsetting upsetting scenes can be seen at that end of Mark Street. Storm water drain grids installed by Dlamzak seem to have been bent open and are still being used as rubbish bins. The pavement has been turned up in some places and the original slabs piled up in a heap. Water has been accumulating in the holes left behind. A young girl was even noticed washing her hands in the dirty water … when will this situation be addressed? Do residents, and councillors alike, not want to be able to be proud of the whole town and not only of parts of it?

What a mess

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Part of Mark Street towards the western end with no parking space and a pavement that has been “chopped up” as well. Paving bricks lie strewn on the road surface as well
Part of Mark Street towards the western end with no parking space and a pavement that has been “chopped up” as well. Paving bricks lie strewn on the road surface as well

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