Nosipho Gumede
2 minute read
24 Jun 2022
08:57

Pietermaritzburg financial advisor takes the initiative to fix potholes

Nosipho Gumede

Local financial advisor Paul Moschides (67) has taken the initiative to fix potholes in the Ferncliffe, Oak Park, and upper Town Bush Road areas for R40 a month per household.

Local financial advisor Paul Moschides (67) has taken the initiative to fix potholes in the Ferncliffe, Oak Park, and upper Town Bush Road areas for R40 a month per household.

Moschides said he decided to fix potholes after his bad experience of seriously damaged roads in Zimbabwe when he was visiting family.

“I could not go anywhere for two weeks and so when I got home during lockdown, I just decided to fix potholes,” said Moschides.

He added that he knew nothing about fixing potholes at the time; however, he googled instructions, watched YouTube videos, tried it out and ended up enjoying it.

“I started filling cracks and then went on to potholes,” said Moschides.

He added he only fixes potholes on Saturday’s and on some Sundays because he does not want it to interfere with his work.

According to Moschides, he has since partnered with local community leaders such as the community policing forum’s (CPF) leader James Martin and others.

Moschides said: 

“I now work with CPF leaders, and we are procuring contributions and each contribution is prefixed by three letters (first three letters of the suburb) that help identify a certain area. When there is a reasonable amount of money donated in a suburb, I go to the suburb and meet with a representative and I then fix the potholes in that area.”

He added that he has successfully fixed 53 potholes in ward 25 and neighbouring areas and now aims to help empower individuals and leaders in each suburb to learn how to fix potholes, saying he is too old and cannot fix potholes all over Pietermaritzburg by himself.

“I am now trying to teach community leaders to do this themselves. I am willing to go to communities, show them the equipment I use and how I do it, so that they can also get donations and fix potholes in their areas,” said Moschides.

Meanwhile, Love Howick and Shift Capital have partnered to get rid of as many potholes as possible in the uMngeni Municipality by fixing those found on roads that they say, have not been prioritised by the municipality.

According to a statement released by Love Howick founder and director, Matt Hogarty, Shift Capital has committed substantially to this project that will be rolled out in stages.

Hogarty said: 

“The first stage will focus on roads in the Howick CBD and surrounding business areas and expand outwards in the following phases. Once the initial phase is completed, there will be a community report back.”

He added that they still need people and businesses who can support this project to commit to investing in it.

“There is a lot of smaller equipment, PPE and tools that are needed,” said Hogarty.

He has also called for donations towards the initiative.