The state of Newcastle’s roads has long been a pressing concern for its residents, with potholes becoming a daily obstacle for motorists. However, there’s a ray of hope on the horizon, as AfriForum Newcastle and the Newcastle Municipality have joined hands to address this issue head on by launching the Pothole Repair Project.
In an announcement made on Thursday, 3 August 2023, AfriForum Newcastle revealed that the first phase of the Pothole Repair Project is scheduled to commence on Monday, 7 August 2023, and will run until Tuesday, 15 August 2023.
The initiative comes as a result of extensive discussions between AfriForum and the Newcastle municipality, with a focus on addressing various issues within the town, particularly the deteriorating condition of its roads.
AfriForum Newcastle’s Peet Liebenberg shared insights into the project’s execution, stating that a joint project management team comprising representatives from both AfriForum and the Newcastle Municipality will oversee the repair work.
The initial phase of the project will prioritise the lower part of Victoria Road (near the Amajuba Mall), along with Drakensberg Drive and Impala Drive.
While pothole repairs remain a primary objective, Liebenberg emphasised the importance of road safety, announcing that pedestrian crossings, especially near schools, will also be painted to ensure the safety of children.
“The materials will be sponsored by AfriForum, a ward committee that managed to raise some funds, community groups, and businesses. The municipality will supply the road maintenance equipment for the project and labour with a maintenance team,” said Liebenberg.
To ensure the highest standards of pothole repairs, AfriForum has enlisted experienced road maintenance experts to collaborate with the Newcastle Municipality’s road maintenance team and share technical expertise. The materials donated by the organisation will comply with approved regulations, ensuring the longevity of the repairs and sustainability of the project.
AfriForum has called on the community to actively participate in making Newcastle a better place by getting involved in the initiative. Interested individuals can contribute in two ways:
Volunteering: AfriForum will provide the necessary guidance to those willing to donate their time to the project.
Reporting: Community members can help by sharing the locations of potholes in town with AfriForum Newcastle.
Looking ahead, Liebenberg expressed hope that the initiative would gain enough traction to kickstart a crowdfunding campaign, further bolstering the efforts to enhance Newcastle’s infrastructure.
To find out more about the project and sign up as a volunteer, Newcastle residents can visit the AfriForum Newcastle Facebook page or contact SW at 082 806 7484 or Peet at 082 809 9517.
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