Danger as Carletonville’s streets deteriorate

Mr Carlos Rebelo shows the disintigrating road surfae in the busy Van der Westhuizen Street.
Mr Carlos Rebelo shows the disintigrating road surfae in the busy Van der Westhuizen Street.

Motorists in Carletonville must be on the lookout not to damage their vehicles on some of the deteriorating, pothole-
filled streets in the town.
On Monday a local councillor, Mr Ben van den Berg, pointed out various dangerous potholes in Umfolozi Street
as one enters from Onyx Drive. To make the situation even more dangerous most of the potholes usually lies
in the shade of a large tree and cannot easily be seen from a distance.
Just around the corner, in Umgeni treet, the road surface has rapidly started to deteriorate, with several small potholes posing a danger to motorists.
The same day, another councillor, Mr Carlos Rebelo, complained thatthe condition of Van der Westhuizen Street, a street that is used by many drivers to access other streets in Carletonville Extension 9, is looking worse than ever. In several areas, not much is left of the tar on the road surface.
A resident of the area knowledgeable on these matters explained to the Herald that it is essential that the layer of
tar on the surface of streets is maintained.
Once cracks or cavities appear in the tar as at Van der Westhuizen Street, water seeps into the road structure and
can damage it to such an extent that the whole road has to be rebuilt.
“Although repairing the tarred surface is cheap, it becomes very expensive if you have to rebuild the whole road,”
the resident indicated.
To make matters worse, almost none of the street lights are working in the areas of van der Westhuizen Street that are damaged.
This makes it almost impossible for drivers who do not know the dangers to stop them in time if they should
drive there at night.
The Herald took the community’s concerns to the Merafong City Local Municipality on Tuesday.
“We are in a process of procuring materials to repair the potholes. When the material is available the maintenance
programme will be implemented,” a municipal spokesperson responded.
“Repairs will be effected as soon as the necessary stock is available,” was the municipality’s answer to questions
about the street lights.

 Mr Ben van den Berg at the dangerous potholes Umfolozi Street.

Mr Ben van den Berg at the dangerous potholes Umfolozi Street.

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