CentralSAPothole issues high on Free State MEC's agenda
─── KEKELETSO MOSEBETSI 07:55 Fri, 05 Aug 2022
The Free State MEC for Police, Roads, and Transport will attend to the lingering issue of potholes in the province.
MEC William Bulwane will officially launch a pothole patching programme on Monday at 09:00 at the intersection between Viljoenskroon and Potchefstroom.
According to the provincial spokesperson for Police, Roads, and Transport, Hillary Mophethe, the programme will cover various roads across the province and aims to eradicate potholes to ensure the safety of motorists.
The Free State government has been criticised over pothole issues. Some motorists complain that the government has done nothing to attend to these potholes, which ended up claiming lives and damaging their cars.
In her statement, Mophethe adds that Bulwane wants to ensure that issues of potholes becomes a thing of the past within the next six months. She adds that they already have a team that will commence work on Monday 8 August 2022. They will be moving from district to district to ensure that all roads in the province are attended to.
According to Mophethe, the department currently has a total of 6 696km of paved roads, and this includes an identified strategic network of 3 873 km. She also adds that the department maintains a gravel network of unpaved roads (secondary roads) in excess of 22 054km. Mophethe concludes that the department will join hands with municipalities and other stakeholders to ensure that all affected roads are repaired.