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Taxi drivers threaten to shut down N18 over potholes

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Taxi drivers have threatened a total shutdown of Jan Kempdorp as well as the N18 on Wednesday due to the poor condition of the local roads.

Roads leading into Jan Kempdorp were obstructed on Tuesday during a protest by taxi drivers regarding the poor condition of roads. Pictures: Supplied

TAXI drivers have threatened a total shutdown of Jan Kempdorp as well as the N18 road on Wednesday due to the poor condition of the local roads.

Taxi drivers indicated that the potholes posed a serious danger to passengers and operators alike.

“The community has joined in on the peaceful protest action.”

Tyres were set alight on Tuesday and roads leading into the town were obstructed.

Phokwane Municipality spokesperson Kgalalelo Letshabo said the mayor, Tebogo Afrika, together with the acting municipal manager, Busisiwe Mgaguli, and councillors, met with taxi associations in Jan Kempdorp on Sunday, May 8 to update them on the conditions of the roads in the area and progress on the appointment of a contractor.

“Mgaguli explained to the associations that there are processes in supply chain management that need to be followed,” said Letshabo.

She added that due to “rumours and disinformation” roads were closed in Jan Kempdorp on Tuesday.

“This was surprising as the associations were engaged four times on progress prior to this situation.”

Letshaba said that a contractor had been appointed.

“The site establishment was conducted on Tuesday for road reconstruction in Jan Kempdorp as well as the access road commonly known as Cwaile street and Mpheni street.”

She stated that the municipality would officially launch the project on Wednesday, where the contractor would be introduced to the community at Masimo Andalusia extension at 10am, while labourers would also be appointed.

“Therefore we request the community to support the project as this will benefit the community.

“As the municipality, we strongly condemn road closures and school interruptions. Essential service vehicles could not pass to render services.

“We would also like to apologise to the community of Jan Kempdorp for the inconvenience caused by this situation.”

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