Pothole-riddled street HEADACHE

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Giant potholes in KwaMhlanga, Mpumalanga, mean no one can get to the newly renovated stadium. Photo by               Bongani Mthimunye
Giant potholes in KwaMhlanga, Mpumalanga, mean no one can get to the newly renovated stadium. Photo by Bongani Mthimunye

RESIDENTS of KwaMhlanga in Mpumalanga are happy that the Solomon Mahlangu Stadium has been renovated and might host the Premier Soccer League games.

However, they are concerned about potholes. They asked how people would be able to reach the stadium if the street is not drivable.

Motorist, Jacob Mbonani (43), said the pothole-riddled street must be fixed soon.

He said the street was already damaged even before the heavy rains came.

“We are very concerned about the potholes. They have been there for a long time and our municipality is doing nothing.

“Motorists are struggling to find their way out. They are forced to share the smooth side of the road,” he said.

Giant potholes in KwaMhlanga, Mpumalanga, mean no
Giant potholes in KwaMhlanga, Mpumalanga, mean no one can get to the newly renovated stadium. Photo by Bongani Mthimunye

Another motorist, Petros Mkhondo (52), told Daily Sun: the street was supposed to be fixed together with the stadium. “Our stadium is now almost ready to host PSL matches, but our roads are not ready. These potholes spoil everything. “People will come from other provinces to watch soccer and they will laugh at us.Authorities must do something about the problem.”

Taxi driver, Mandla Mahlangu (28), said the potholes damaged their vehicles.

The potholes are a big problem.We are forced to fix our vehicles after every six months. Tyres get punctures all the time. It delays us when we transport people to work

We share the smooth side of the road. We thought once the renovations at the stadium are finished, they will tackle the road,” he said.

Thembisile Hani municipal manager, Oscar Nkosi, said a new pothole patcher machine has arrived and the potholes will be fixed.

“The road will soon be smooth as we have received a new pothole patcher machine. Work will resume anytime from nowWe have been waiting for the machine to arrive,” he said.

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