Have to say I agree with alan. I too have stopped giving them anything but will get back into my ‘dollar a day’ habit !
Money collected at tolls goes to pay off loans to the African Development Bank, AfDB for renovations of the Plumtree – Bulawayo – Harare – Mutare roads. New tolls will presumably pay for the Beit Bridge – Masvingo – Harare roads. PT.
As much as we appreciate the short term repairs being done by the ‘road touts’, it must be known that the repair is actually causing more long term damage to the roads, as I’m sure most have us have seen since the heavy rains have pounded us over the last few weeks. Unless the tar is bonded to the repaired section and the ground in the pothole has been properly prepared and bedded, the hole is just going to get bigger and deeper, no matter how you fill it. I take my hat off for the initiative being used and the effort to earn money honestly instead of turning to theft or corruption, but this is a very short term repair and must not be mistaken for a solution to the problem.
Regarding us going out and repairing the section in front of our house – I’m all for this, as long as the Council accept that we stop paying rates for a period. I most certainly would not want the Mayor and his team present to take the limelight for making us pay Council rates for them to do a job and then we do the work ourselves at an extra cost. Graeme
I don’t speak from any position of knowledge here, but surely our Mayor and councilors are the ones responsible for making sure this is done? Communities coming together to do something is a wonderful thing to see, but I get the feeling we’re all skirting the real issue here. In my opinion, the real root of this all is “where have my tax dollars gone?”. Out of my personal earnings I am required by law to give, give, and then give some more….. But if I don’t like potholes I still have to fix them myself..
the Argyle road community did quite a bit (after Mr Pfukwa filled the trenches that were dug for repair of water pipes for which we thank him sincerely) but the situation is really beyond “an hour of our time, a bucket, a bit of rubble”. Repairing this needs other equipment. Best Arjanne
I have been fixing the potholes in front of my house for about 4 years now and if everyone did that our roads would be better to drive on. It’s not a tough thing to do
Thanks so much for the information on portholes and how you guys want to help yourselves to remove the problem. I need to role the same programme in my area, l live in SpringVale Ruwa, we have bad road from Ruwa Shops to Tarisa Road, and then to our neighbourhood. I will honestly help in buying the material for the potholes but l will need the people to do the labour. Thats where l really need your help . Tsitsi
On the issue of potholes it might also help if ZRP put some of their efforts into preventing heavy trucks using smaller roads as seems increasingly common and cannot be helping these small back roads that are not designed to manage these sort of weights. It’s unfortunate that a lot of these are water trucks, which are an unfortunate necessity, but where they used to be relatively small trucks we now see vast trucks carrying huge loads of water at a time and our small suburban roads just can’t cope with them!
Hear hear! I totally agree with the person who said the Govt should get guys from Jail and make road work gangs! My father used to be in the prison service back in the day and they always had gangs of prisoners doing community services.
Better that the pot-hole repairers try to make an honest buck than avoiding starvation through theft and burglary. I cannot comprehend the attitude of those who are wealthy enough to drive posh cars not being prepared to splash out a few dollars a month to those who are trying to earn a living doing something that the city council has insufficient resources to do thoroughly. Personally I fill in pot-holes for the length of my plot frontage with concrete. NOT ONE person in my street has offered to assist with the costs ! (One has even asked why I don’t extend my work to his house!) We have become a very selfish and self-centred society. C
A lot of the potholes in the suburbs are caused by blocked drains that are not carrying the water away so the raod becomes the drain – and it was not designed for that – the root cause are the pretty lawns which are on the pavements and the gardens on the pavement and in some cases the big drain over the drive way provided by the council is blocked and non – existant
As the City Council doesn’t get the car licensing money any longer (the money is now collected by Zinara) I think the Mayor should make more effort in getting money out of Zinara to repair our failing roads. Once the roads have fallen into complete disrepair they are gone for good. The City Council could place ads in the press (complete with pictures of broken roads) urging, even begging, Zinara to hand over the money. We should see City Council trying to find a solution to this very serious problem and for them not to just say we don’t have the money. Jane
My question is where are the special pothole filling machines that zinara bought a year or two ago, surly zinara can assist to fix potholes on the bigger roads eg. Hre drive, enterprise samora Michelle we pay toll fees every time we leave the city and only the mutate to byo rd has been re done where is the rest of the money?
The potholes epidemic has surely gone out of control. Just like some of you I used to take for granted the noble service provided by VOLUNTARY ROAD PATCHERS. It was until I personally got myself involved in patching the potholes in the road leading to where I stay that I realized how valuable that service is to the community and more so to our own cars. I have now made it a habit to rehabilitate the road. I find this gesture more satisfying as a my contribution to the community. More satisfying is seeing the roadworks I have patched a couple of weeks ago surviving the heavy down pour that we recently experienced. It’s however a pity that some of the people in the neighborhood usually pass by the area I would patching at HIGH SPEED putting my life at great risk . Lack of appreciation and selfishness at its best. My plea to all of you is to please spare a thought to those patching our roads to save our lives and cars. Stanlay
As citizens, we really should not accept to live in a city where the roads have deteriorated to the level they are at now, when just going out each day is like driving on an obstacle course… Shame on us for lowering our standards!! I hear the initiative of all of us fixing what’s on our road, but that doesn’t help the bigger picture and the main roads. And we cannot wait for the Council to do anything. I see the guys trying to ‘fix’ the roads… I went through 2 tyres in 10 days, they “fixed” the one pothole I went into with bricks, and if this had been done just one day earlier, I would have at least saved my tyre and the inconvenience of having a puncture on the side of the road. Personally, I feel there are companies out there that would fix them correctly, and I would rather pay someone to do it properly, than try and do it ourselves. We gave $59 million dollars in spot fines. I’m sure we can do something to sort out our roads!!