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Potholes are being fixed

Ongoing rains and wet weather throughout the Helderberg area have resulted in a number of road potholes in various parts, including Beach Road, Strand and several other streets in residential areas and the CBD in Somerset West and Gordon’s Bay.

Responding to an enquiry about when the potholes would be repaired, Felicity Purchase, Mayoral Committee member for Transport, said the City of Cape Town’s Roads Department was aware of these challenges and was attending to them. “It must be stated upfront that the City appeals to the residents and motorists to bear with us, given the current weather conditions, as it is difficult to do permanent repairs in winter due to the wet weather conditions,” she said. “Given the rainy weather we can do only temporary repairs on potholes. We will then return in more favourable weather conditions to do repair work that will last longer.”

Purchase added that for practical reasons, especially in winter, the city often effects temporary repairs on potholes with a view to returning in more favourable (summer) weather conditions to do more permanent repair.

It was stated that temporary repairs will consist of filling the pothole in with “cold mix” while the permanent repair will entail cutting the existing road surface around the pothole, preparing the base course, and applying tack coat to the prepared base coarse, and finally placing the hot premix.

Residents can report potholes to the Transport Information Centre on 080 065 6463. This is an around-the-clock information centre, and is toll-free from a landline or a cellphone.

Alternatively, residents can email Transport.Info@capetown.gov.za. The City stated residents are reminded, please, to include their name, contact number and the location of the pothole. The exact location is very important because this will save time in finding the pothole and to do the repairs as soon as possible.

“We want to thank our residents who have been reporting potholes,” Purchase said.

“We appreciate your patience while our teams attend to the increased volumes of reports we have been receiving.”

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