Transforming from an age-old problem to a life-threatening subject plaguing motorists—the Memel Road’s deplorable condition is now joyfully on the path to recovery, thanks to a kind-hearted businessman’s determination to save lives while bringing about positive change. This follows Muhammed Paruk of Phumaphambili Logistics and his team undertaking an initiative to repair the infamous road.
Beginning their task on Tuesday, 16 February 2021, Paruk explains the inspiration for the project was born, following an article published by the Newcastillian – Online News on 1 February 2021.
The aforementioned article focused on the challenges and dangers faced by paramedics when using the main road. He says, “The article touched my heart, and I thought, what if my family were travelling on the road and required medical assistance? Or, what if an ambulance was transporting one of my family members and they hit a pothole and had to stop for help?”
With the above in mind, Paruk immediately took it upon himself to begin the necessary repair work. Deploying a team of his employees, the labour started near Botha’s Pass, with the workers now restoring the damaged road for 100km. “I feel at the end of the day; this is all about saving people’s lives. Not too long ago, I saw three women stuck on the side of the road, looking for help after they hit one of the potholes, and I could not help but think, what if it were my wife?”
Expounding more on the project, Errol Wade, one of Paruk’s employees, states, “It is an amazing feeling being able to make a positive difference. We have had a few people stop us, thanking us for our efforts.” This, Mr Paruk highlights, forms part of his and his team’s outlook. “We care about people’s lives, and it makes me feel good, knowing we can make a difference.”
As the Phumaphambili Logistics team works towards the betterment and safety of countless lives, Jan-Henk van Vuuren of Watco Emergency Services extends his heartfelt gratitude. “I would like to thank them for the life-saving initiative, as it will provide our patients with more comfort and minimise injuries when transporting them along the road. It will also improve our response time.”
Currently, Van Vuuren stresses paramedics’ response time is hampered tremendously by the horrid condition of the road. Furthermore, he adds, “Then there is the cost factor of repairing damages to our vehicles. On Sunday, 14 February 2021, three of my ambulance’s tyres were damaged by the potholes.”
With Phumaphambili Logistics taking proactive steps to improve the Memel Road, Paruk now encourages others to follow suit and play a positive role in the community.
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