War On Potholes In Joburg: Mayor Mashaba To Spend R88 Million On Road Repair Programme


The City of Johannesburg and Johannesburg Mayor Mashaba on Tuesday declared war on potholes around every nook and cranny of the city.

The same day, the DA mayor and a number of City officials took to the streets of Ivory Park and Midrand, as part of an R88 million mayoral intervention to address the pothole repair backlog.

The second leg of the programme took place on Old Pretoria Road Opposite Midrand China Mall, Midrand CBD, where the Executive Mayor and MMC also assisted in the resurfacing of the road.

During the tour, Mashaba announced that in order to address the pothole repair backlogs, the City has provided the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) wit R60 million for materials and equipment for pothole repairs and other types of road maintenance; and R28 million to start to address the 40% staff capacity shortage in the road maintenance teams.

He reiterated the city’s commitment toward improving mobility within the city, through the provision of safe roads and infrastructure network.

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In addition, he announced that as part of this exercise, a city-wide inspection will be carried out in accordance with the use of JRA’s Visual Condition Index (VCI) criteria, every two years, to enable the scientific prioritization of roads for reconstruction and resurfacing.

“The 2017 VCI inspection indicated that 40% of the City’s roads are in very good condition, 15% in a good condition, 15% in a fair condition, 14% in a poor condition, and 15 percent in a very poor condition.

Through JRA’s integrated citizen communications channels, 37,450 potholes were reported between April 2015 and February 2017, of which 32,740 have been resolved. This indicates an 87.4% resolution rate,” the mayor added.

Since the DA took over from the ANC traditional base, Mashaba has continued to accelerate the service delivery plans in Johannesburg.

In February, he announced a proposal to reintegrate municipal-owned entities back into the city. The likes of City Power, Joburg Water and embattled Pikitup were among the entities that the mayor wants to bring back to the city.

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Nevertheless, the mayor is currently on the seat for closing the [email protected] project. According to the controversial mayor, who was fingered for stirring up xenophobic attacks in the country, last month, the [email protected] project is nothing but a “vanity projects” instituted by the ANC regime.