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Party launches pothole fixing campaign

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The DA “could not tolerate the fact that the failing Sol Plaatje Municipality deliberately and wilfully does nothing about the state of the city’s roads”

Picture: Danie van der Lith

THE DA in the Northern Cape yesterday launched its “Pothole Fixing Campaign” in an attempt to “bring the sparkle back to Kimberley”.

During the launch, DA premier candidate Andrew Louw said that is was “extremely rare to find a stretch of road in and around Kimberley that was entirely free of potholes”.

“For more than a year, calls on Sol Plaatje Municipality to fix a growing number of potholes in and around the city have fallen on deaf ears. In effect, the road network in the city has significantly regressed. Kimberley is not just the city of the big hole, it’s the “city of holes”. This is extremely frustrating for motorists. Potholes are causing severe damage to vehicles such as punctured and shredded tyres, rim impairments or damaged wheel alignment or suspension. In some incidents, vehicles are even written off and the occupants are badly injured,” Louw said.

He added that the DA “could not tolerate the fact that the failing Sol Plaatje Municipality deliberately and wilfully does nothing about the state of the city’s roads”.

“I have it on good authority that it would take just R5 million to fix up all the potholes in Kimberley – from Roodepan, to Greenpoint, to New Hillcrest. It is an entirely doable project, if Sol Plaatje would just stop misappropriating funds and prioritise spending where it’s needed.

“While the failing ANC government won’t address the pothole crisis, the DA has committed to do so … and a promise we make, is a promise we keep. That is why we have budgeted R150 000 towards this project. It won’t cover everything, but it will make a difference,” Louw said.

The Sol Plaatje Municipality said yesterday that it acknowledged the campaign but warned that the DA would have to comply with certain specifications required with regard to the fixing of potholes.