Drivers in the North West are unhappy about poor road maintenance. This is despite the government providing 112 million rand to repair roads in the province. Road users are disappointed with the condition of the roads.
“I feel bad because we always use this road every day so it costs us the tires. We just repair our cars once in a while,” says a driver.
“I’m not happy with this path. We don’t know what’s going on, when they’re going to fix it. When it rains it gets worse, going to Joburg, Rustenburg even Taung, it’s a problem,” explains another driver.
Meanwhile, the Northwest Department of Public Works says there are several reasons why the province is struggling with routine road maintenance.
“We are really behind schedule and we are not doing very well at the moment in meeting our target of closing a certain number of potholes on our country roads. The weather hasn’t been kind lately, so it’s impossible to adequately patch or repair potholes in the road surface when the base is actually wet. It is a serious challenge but we plan to step up the pothole problem as weather conditions allow, there is also a plan to hire contractors to supplement our own internal road maintenance,” says Mpholo Matsube, spokesperson for the North West Department of Public Works works.