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The dangerous situation at the intersection of DieMeer and Du Plessis streets in Eduan Park where a contractor is excavating potholes. (Photo: Barry Viljoen)

Lack of supervision of Muni contractors raises concern

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Polokwane Municipality’s apparent failure to manage and monitor the work of its contractors tasked with pothole repairs across the city is posing grave danger for motorists.
In response to a complaint received from a motorist about a dangerous situation at the intersection of DieMeer and Du Plessis streets in Eduan Park, Polokwane Observer visited the scene on Wednesday afternoon and found that four labourers employed by a Mokopane based company, were busy excavating potholes in Du Plessis Street. The motorist claimed that she had to take drastic evasive action to avoid collision with another vehicle proceeding into the same lane.
Although a warning sign was posted in Du Plessis Street only the pothole where the work was in progress was marked with warning cones, leaving all other excavations unmarked. No warning signs were placed in DieMeer Street, causing a very dangerous situation for traffic turning into Du Plessis Street where only one lane was accessible.
The situation was raised with the municipality on numerous occasions and a commitment to step up the management of contractors was given, without any noticeable improvement as yet.
At time of posting, acting Communications and Marketing Manager of the municipality, Matshidiso Mothapo could not be reached.

Story: BARRY VILJOEN
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