More and more Bloemfontein residents have taken to social media since the beginning of the new year, voicing their frustrations with the increasing amount of potholes on the roads of the city. Some have even stated that these potholes are accidents waiting to happen, while many others had to have their tyres replaced after hitting a pothole.
Residents in various areas have even started filling these holes with different items such as bricks, sand and even old used chairs.
Anne Theron, a Bloemfontein resident who lost a tyre of her car after hitting one of the potholes in Du Plessis Road in Langenhoven Park, told Bloemfontein Courant that she is extremely unhappy. She feels in current times nobody has money lying around to buy tyres when it was not planned.
“I was driving in Du Plessis Road. It was raining on that specific day and one could simply not see the potholes. Normally I know how to navigate my way through those potholes by swerving but this time the road was busy and I could not miss the pothole.”
She added how she had to drive very slowly while being very nervous as she knows driving on the rim can cause more damage. “When I got to the tyre workshop, I was told that the rim of my car had been bent and damaged and that I needed a new tyre.”
Theron said she feels that the municipality has a duty to keep the roads safe and maintain them but throughout the city people will find potholes.
A resident of Heidedal in Bloemfontein, Wayne Rothmann, told the publicaton that there are potholes on 99% of the roads in the area. He said this has been a problem for years and the lack of maintenance and the heavy rains have now made it worse. Rothmann said that these potholes are a danger to motorists.
He referred to a big hole at the corner of Rembrandt Crescent, between the municipal office and the clinic, which has been there for a few months now. “If the municipality cannot even fix the holes around their own offices, how will they fix the rest of the roads in Bloemfontein?” he wanted to know.
A huge pothole in a different street in the area had community members so worried that they filled it up with old motorcar body parts. The motor body parts have recently been removed and the pothole filled with sand.
Rothmann said he hopes the potholes will get some serious attention. He emphasised they should be fixed by professionals as soon as possible so they can stay fixed for years and not just for a few weeks before they appear again.
Bloemfontein Courant has sent detailed questions to the Mangaung Metro Municipality but no feedback had been received by the time of going to print.