MOTORISTS driving on the South Coast of KZN will apparently soon be able to drive without worrying about their cars being damaged by giant potholes.
The road is supposed to be fixed under Operation Vala Amapotholes. The initiative was launched by KZN MEC for transport Peggy Nkonyeni in the Folweni and KwaMakhutha areas on Monday, 9 May.
Nkonyeni announced the programme during the tabling of the department’s R12 billion budget vote last Thursday.
“The initiative will be rolled out throughout the province. It is targeted at eradicating potholes, and rehabilitating and maintaining road infrastructure, especially after the floods,” she said.
She said this was particularly crucial as the department had over R5,6 billion worth of infrastructure that needed to be reconstructed or repaired.
“Teams are going to focus on pothole repair, crack sealing and rut repair,” she said.
The long-term goal of the programme was to ensure that potholes were fixed within 24 hours, and have emergency teams in all local municipalities.
Njabulo Mchunu (35) from KwaMakhutha said this was a great initiative because the potholes were damaging their cars.
“They were bad before but after the floods, potholes became bigger. We appreciate that the department has decided to start fixing them,” he said.
Thabisile Khuzwayo (44) was hoping that road repairs would be solid because on previous occasions after being fixed, the road quickly got damaged again.