KwaNzimakwe Chief Inkosi Bhekizizwe Nzimakwe wants urgent intervention on the old Izingolweni road passing through the California area in Breamer.
The road, which is frequently used by farm owners, taxis, holidaymakers and community members is in a shambles and needs to be taken care of, the chief told Ray Nkonyeni Municipality mayor, Cynthia Mqwebu and the roads department head last week.
Community members are said to have taken matters into their own hands by filling up the potholes with soil.
Motorist, Nolwazi Luthuli, said if it were up to her, road infrastructure would be prioritised as motorists depended on it to get daily activities done, which indirectly contributed to the growth of the economy.
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“The road is very bad, not only for motorists but for pedestrians too, because if a vehicle hits a pothole and the driver loses control, this could result in pedestrians getting knocked over or even worse, loss of lives,” she said.
A farmer who wished to remain anonymous said there were local shops that depended on holidaymakers and residents in the area to meet their monthly financial targets, however people often tried to avoid bad roads and opted to drive to places where there were better roads.
“What happens to the employees and their families? Our government really needs to start changing things if they want to sustain our economy,” said the farmer.
The RNM mayor said the municipality took road construction very seriously and made mention of the new traffic lights installed on Marine Drive / Knox-Gore Road as a result of a public outcry.
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