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Letter: Good advice on Colwyn Drive ignored

"The response of municipal spokesman Sipho Mkhize for the reasons that the repairs carried out on Colwyn Drive failed (Road repair quality questioned, October 15) is far from the truth" - George Dunn.

George Dunn of Sheffield writes:

The response of municipal spokesman Sipho Mkhize for the reasons that the repairs carried out on Colwyn Drive failed (Road repair quality questioned, October 15) is far from the truth.

To quote Sipho, the reason for the failure was cable laying, making the ground unstable.

This is nonsense.

The cables were laid on the verge on the opposite side of the road.

He then continues to advise that the collapsing area – approximately 150mm deep, will be patched.

A civil engineer living in the area offered his expertise to both the contractor and KDM, but his recommendations were totally ignored by both parties.

One was to test the compaction.

The civil engineer had the test done at his cost.

The readings were way below road standards.

Patching will not fix the problem.

The contractor’s fill was capped with tar at the end of July and they left site.

Within 2 weeks the tar was already collapsing and KDM civils advised that this was possibly due to a water mains leak.

I asked Siza Water to carry out a leak test and the result was “No leak detected”.

Strangely it is always someone else’s fault for failure, not the incompetent contractors assigned to do the job.

Sadly, it is costing the ratepayers dearly.

Municipal spokesman Sipho Mkhize replies:

The civil engineering business unit (BU) says their response referring to cables is to the original email sent by the councillor and the letter is referring to a separate matter altogether.

The collapse on Colwyn Road was caused by a burst water pipe which led to the road being damaged and unstable which was a threat to residents as it is the only access they have.

The BU further states that a retaining structure was erected and the road reinstated, and that a few weeks after that, sinking of a portion of the road was noticed and it was communicated with the concerned parties and is still being monitored.

The reason for a delay on the side of the BU in fixing this emerging issue is to avoid inconvenience to residents of the area.

The BU is looking at obtaining an independent opinion as it does a further assessment.

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