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More than R60k used to keep Better Alrode South initiative going

Businesses in Alrode South contributed R5 000 each to help patch the potholes in the area. Phase one of the project is already done and the second phase is just about to be completed.

The Better Alrode South initiative, governed by twenty-seven Alrode companies, has successfully completed its first project amongst many of patching potholes in the area.

Better Alrode South is an initiative founded by 27 companies in Alrode to tackle the pothole issue that has been a threat to the businesses in the hub for over five years.

Each company contributed at least R5k to keep this programme going.

The first part of the initiative cost R34 390 and the cost for the second phase is estimated at R29 280.

Individuals from the businesses that contributed to make the initiative a success gathered at CombiNation to discuss way forward.

Some of the members from the companies that donated R5k to the Better Alrode South initiative are:

According to Alec Tsombanakis, from Propshaft City, the first part of the project was estimated to cost at least below that R20k, but severe issues arose while the project was underway, which resulted in increase of the amount used for the first phase of the project.

“The aim of us meeting as the companies who contributed is to ensure that we become as transparent as possible to other businesses that contributed their money. We can confirm that what has been donated, 60% of the potholes in our area will be fixed and from there we will discuss the matter again to find a way forward because the aim is to beautify our business hub,” he said.

Tsombanakis also said that they have already started working on the second part of the project and they are happy with the progress so far.

Contractors patch a pothole.

The companies that donated to the initiative are SA Polyhammer, Hi Tech Mag Repairs, Propshaft City, Polyroads, Stab A Load, PSM, ROS International, All American Muscle, Arrow Chem, Sentinal Security, Creamers Lubrication, Battery Factory Shop, Bosch OE Aircon, Balantech Engineering, Davey Equipment, Gavin Wilkins Racing, Newway, Triumph Safety Glass, Chemzone, ZKE Zonke Enterprise, BDN Diesel, the Rednut Group, ST Crane Hire, Filipa Prop, We Buy Steel, Printash and Hennie Alberts Self Storage.

The huge potholes have posed threats to the business industry for over five years and, to date, the issue still frustrates business owners in the area.

A pothole that is part of Better Alrode South’s second phase.

“By the time we finish working on the second phase of the project we will have used R63 670 of the donated R135k, with R71 330 remaining to continue with the project. Companies in our business hub that are willing to join this initiative are most welcome to join,” Tsombanakis said.

The project will run until all the potholes in the area are fixed. If more businesses want to join the initiative, they can call Alec Tsombanakis on 082 454 4951.

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