Storm wrecks havoc on Manzini roads, Council rolls sleeves and begins fixing them
It is clear to everyone that the storm that recently hit our beloved city left most of the roads in an appalling condition. When one drives around the city they can feel that this is not the road riding quality that they are used to.
Well, the Municipal Council of Manzini would like to make a promise to all road users; an inspection of the entire city has been conducted and Council has already rolled up her sleeves, addressing the challenge. All she is appealing for from citizens of the city is patience as she works very hard to bring the situation back to its usual state…or even better.
Priority will be given to the worst affected roads but the entire city will eventually be covered. The Council grader was yesterday seen hard at work in most parts of Ngwane Park and will soon move on to other affected townships. The pothole patching team will today be out on Meintjies street (the street that links the main bus rank with Woodmasters/Grand Valley) and thereafter Masalesikhundleni street (particularly the stretch between Estel House and former Nozidumo Investments). Other affected roads within the Central Business District (CBD) will be attended to before moving out to the townships for roads such as Stanley street in Ngwane Park (from Ludwala down to Stanley bridge). Please don’t be surprised when you see the road patching team using a gravel-like material. There is a reason for that. Due to the severity of the storm, most of the potholes are too deep and wide hence a mixture of gravel and cement will be used to fill up the holes in readiness for bitumen patching.
Council employees were yesterday also found hard at work, unclogging clogged storm water drains. This exercise will continue until all drains that were silted during the heavy rains have been cleared. Manzini News would like to add that it is important that storm water drains remain unclogged at all times so that storm water do not end up damaging the roads. In the same vein, residents are requested to ensure that they do not dump garden waste, debris and other waste material on storm water drains because it ends up blocking the drains during rains; resulting in road damages and flooding of residences.
You may have also observed, dear reader, that the city is marred by overgrown vegetation, an uncommon sight in the beautiful city. Again, this will be dealt with soon; starting with road intersections. Again, please bear with Council on this aspect. The City of Manzini also has a number of its traffic lights, some street lights and a few high mast lights not functioning. All of this has been a result of the recent storm. Lightening has shown its unfriendly effect on four traffic lights, namely; KaKhoza, Manzini Central, Foodliner and Manzini Club. Again, please bear with Council. Spares suppliers have promised to deliver the required spares as soon as they resume business from the festive season. Therefore, again, Council pleads with citizens and all other stakeholders to exercise tolerance during this period. You are encouraged to continue using the Council 24/7 Call Centre (800 2004/2505 7000) to report faults.