Ga-Rankuwa residents have become frustrated with the trenches in their streets, dug as part of a project to tar the roads and install storm water drains in Zone 4. The trenches have been particularly frustrating for motorists, who have not been able to drive in or out of their yards because of them. The trenches were dug in various streets after last week’s rains.

Residents expressed their frustration to MMC for Roads and Transport Dikeledi Selowa and her provincial counterpart Transport MEC Jacob Mamabolo, saying they appreciated the service delivery, but that it should not come with the inconvenience of being unable to access their yards.

As reported by Pretoria News residents said rains had worsened the situation as the ground at entrances to yards had been eroded, and they hoped the problem would be dealt with urgently. They said they understood the City of Tshwane was trying to build good roads for them but it was frustrating to park their cars in the streets or in other people’s yards at night, because the rain had flooded the trenches.

Joseph Pulusa, who works in SAPS supply chain management in Silverton, said he could not go to work because his car was stuck inside his yard. Obrey Kau Sekudu begged Mamabolo and Selowa to send trucks with sand, which could be placed at his yard entrance, so he could drive out and go to work. Sekudu said: “I have not been able to work since Thursday.”

Pub owner Louis Sekgora said: “My business has not done well because my clients cannot drive here. This is now affecting my livelihood and I can only imagine the frustration of those residents who have had this inconvenience much longer.” Wheelchair user, Obert Modiga, 73, watched from his yard as contractors from Outdoor Sensations began working to clear the water from the roads, to enable motorists to drive in and out of their yards.

Modiga said: “I will celebrate on Tuesday morning when I can be able to push myself to the local shopping centre to collect my pension because it is that time of the month. I am happy the MMC and MEC made the engineers promise me that I would not experience any problems when that time comes.” Selowa inspected the work as construction vehicles filled the trenches and made the engineers assure residents that by the end of Monday they would have cleared the flooded areas and made the roads drivable.

By: Mpho Khena.

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