“The problem is real. The constraints are manageable. The commitment is certain. The result will speak for itself.”
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Drewan Baird. Oudtshoorn. 9 January 2014. 06h30. Acting Municipal Manager Ron Lottering yesterday announced a solution for street repairs:
In conference with the Directorate Technical Services and the Chief Financial Officer, I directed on Tuesday that all relevant own funding (as opposed to grants and other funding) budgeted for roads be committed to the repair of road surfaces in areas not benefiting from Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MIG) funding. A final program to repair potholes and damage caused by water pipe bursts is now authorised.
MIG funds will be allocated to road repair in line with central government direction.
The repeated delays in adequately addressing the disrepair of Oudtshoorn’s streets resulted mainly, among other reasons, from the opposition’s illegal disruption of council on May 31 2013 which, among other severe holdups, curtailed conventional budget management.
With some semblance of political normalcy returning in the wake of even ongoing legal action, and following on fortunate executive, management and other personnel adjustments in the Directorate Technical Services of late, backlogs can at this time be effectively and efficiently addressed.
Four repair teams will attend to streets in four designated areas covering all of the Greater Oudtshoorn. Streets are categorised as Main Routes (Langenhoven, Baron van Reede, Voortrekker…); Secondary Streets (Park, Dassie, Jan van Riebeeck…); and Residential, and will be attended on a priority basis.
The three major threats to bitumen paved surfaces are overloading, extreme temperatures, and water. In Oudtshoorn’s climate bitumen quickly becomes brittle and porous. Rain penetrates the weakened bitumen and infiltrates the base course of roads, causing a pumping action resulting in potholes.
Several potential management threats to the repair process are identified:
Potholes can be repaired satisfactorily only in good weather.
The bitumen based product can only be prepared in good weather.
The sole regional supplier is dependent on the supply of raw material and is subject to plant breakdowns.
The product cannot be sourced outside of a specific range as it is usable only for a specific short period of time and has to reach the repair sites within this time constraint.
The problem is real. The constraints are manageable. The commitment is certain. The result will speak for itself.
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