Mayor Dan Plato, joined by the Mayoral Committee Member for Transport, Felicity Purchase, visited the City’s roads repair team today as they ramp up efforts to repair potholes created during the rainy season.
Since June, 10 186 potholes have been fixed. The event marks the launch of a campaign to sharpen efforts to improve the quality and the state of roads across the city.
‘Cape Town experienced one of the rainiest seasons in recent years and it has become evident how quickly things can stack up. We are aware of service delivery backlogs caused by the restrictions of the national lockdown and are working flat-out to get back-on-track. The pothole repair campaign is now well underway, but I am personally visiting the road teams on duty to monitor the progress of the repair work. Our city is known for its quality service delivery and this campaign is one of the ways we are working to move closer to optimal levels of action and efficiency,’ said Plato.
Additional steps to address the backlog:
• The Directorate is implementing recovery plans to eradicate a road maintenance backlog brought on by the COVID-19 national lockdown and winter rains
• Assessing service requests from residents over the past few months. From this, a programme for each district area has been developed and is being rolled out
• Increasing the capacity of staff at City Depots as the restriction levels allow. The City has employed the services of four external contractors to help with the backlog
The city-wide maintenance work is scheduled to take place until April 2021.
Residents can report potholes to the Transport Information Centre on 080 065 6463. This is a 24/7 information centre and is toll-free from a landline or a cell phone.
Alternatively, a mail can be sent to Transport.Info@capetown.gov.za.