In a resolute move to address the persistent issue of dilapidated road infrastructure in Newcastle, Deputy Mayor and Technical Services Portfolio Chairperson, Councillor Musa Thwala, has vowed to smooth out the town’s road network.
This pledge follows him recently leading the Municipality Technical team on a field expedition to mend the tarred roads afflicted by potholes across Newcastle and its surrounding regions, including Osizweni, Madadeni, Ingogo, and Charlestown.
Responding to the longstanding concerns of residents, Councillor Thwala, alongside his portfolio team, assembled a comprehensive group of experts spanning water, sewage, roads, and electrical services. Together, they embarked on visits to problematic sites within Newcastle, offering immediate assistance where required.
“Our vision and goal are to restore the dignity of our people by ensuring that the whole of Newcastle has proper infrastructure and slowly we are turning the tide. There have been multiple complaints from residents when it comes to dysfunctional streetlights, sewage blockages and most of all potholes on the road,” declared the Deputy Mayor.
Delving further into the oversight visit, Councillor Thwala highlighted that this reflected the Newcastle Municipality’s need to accelerate service delivery and that the government entity will continue to show its commitment to the residents by assembling resources, both human and capital, to their mission of fixing the town.
Expressing his endorsement of the initiative, Newcastle Mayor, Councillor Xolani Dube, emphasised the paramount importance of a robust road infrastructure network.
He noted that it is pivotal not only for the welfare of the residents but also for the prosperity of businesses and future investments. Given the potential development opportunities held by the business sector and future investments, the municipality has made it a top priority to comprehensively address the issue of potholes.
“This forms part of the government’s battle against potholes and we are reaffirming the government’s commitment to eradicate potholes across the city’s road network,” added Councillor Dube.
Moreover, the Newcastle Municipality’s Communications Unit disclosed that Councillor Thwala is poised to extend the oversight visits to assess the water infrastructure as well.
They assured that a comprehensive report, replete with immediate solutions, will be promptly shared with Newcastle’s residents.
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