Martin Williams
3 minute read
24 Feb 2021
6:01 am

No need to go to court or go broke to ensure better services

Martin Williams

Use your vote to get rid of ANC incompetence and corruption which prevent efficient governance.

Head Groundsman of Greenfields, Thomas Mamaila fixes the potholes on the public road outside the complex in Edenvale, 20 January 2021 . Picture: Neil McCartney

Things are bad in Johannesburg with potholes, broken roads, dangerous pavements, water outages, electricity blackouts and scruffy parks. Breaking news! It’s going to get worse unless you do something. In its current form, the Joburg Roads Agency (JRA) cannot overcome a pothole backlog, which colleagues estimate at 20,000. Nor will the JRA reduce the number of roads in need of resurfacing or reconstruction. Joburg’s network is deteriorating because the budget is not enough to maintain roads, never mind improve them. In 2017, there was an estimated backlog of R7.1 billion for surfaced roads, another R4.7 billion for upgrading gravel roads,...