Pothole repairers comments 3

A few months ago you had a discussion on the pothole repairers. The consensus seemed to be don’t pay them. They all but seemed to have stopped, presumably because they did not gain anything after that. Since, I have been taking note of all the successfully brick filled potholes and the huge unfilled and decidedly dangerous ones. There are heaps of correctly filled potholes and I just marvel at that. Imagine if none of them had been repaired – it would be almost impossible to drive on our roads today. Sure there were some thugs at the end of last year but there are also the genuine guys. I have been asking them and it seems that virtually no-one hands out anything to them, and then only minimal value coins. Can I suggest that those so inclined carry say $1 in coins a day and dish them out to guys doing a good job, and stop and complain to those who are not. Maybe then our roads will be passable and safer when the next rains come. At the moment I feel it is dangerous to drive in the rain as you never know when you are going through a puddle or when it is a dangerous pothole. The cost to your suspension and tyres, let alone an accident, is far outweighed by dishing our a few coins or a dollar to these guys. Have a great day, Alan McCormick

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Agree whole-heartedly. There are a lot of chancers out there who throw a bit of mud into the hole and then ask for money. There is, however, one guy in my area who actually does a very good job. His repairs last far longer than the road itself. I know who he is and give him something when I can.

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Which planet are you on Lyn??? – these “road fixers” are the only ones helping YOU!! Not the Police!! Without them your car would disappear into craters that you can’t see in these rains. Give credit where it is deserved and help these people who are ultimately helping you…. pliz……

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The problem is that so long as we spare a dollar for them, there will be more and more of them until we won’t be able to drive around for the so called repair man.

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Wonderful to read all this!

Regarding the pot hole saga – my experience is that the majority of the chaps are rubbish – they either dig out existing pot holes and pretend to repair them, whilst holding a hand out for donations all day, or the job they do is useless and all the bricks pop out onto the road to cause even more damage if you drive over them whilst attempting to avoid the pot hole! I gave up with the chaps around us as I soon realised that they were doing nothing except deepening holes and then walking off at the end of the day leaving it all worse.
I note that a couple of people have recommended their local chaps as doing a good job – why don’t we get their names and numbers and then homeowners on a specific road can get the chap out for the day to do a decent job and pay him? If I knew the chap was going to do a good job which would last more than 24 hours, I would be happy to support him.

And by the way, the first rule of repairing a pot hole is to square it off – if you don’t do that, it will never stay repaired.

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Hi Mike

My suggestion here is that you ‘look after’ the guys working on the roads in your area – or on your most used routes. You get to know them and you can tell if they are doing a good job or not. You only pay them if you see proper work done consistently over time. If everyone does this then all the good guys will be rewarded for making an effort, and they’ll continue to fix your roads, and all the thugs and con artists will disappear as they are not paid!

Cheers Tony

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I agree with Alan McCormick about the potholes… they actually do make a difference. My suggestion is that when you pass by them once, pass by again later if they are in the area – if they are doing a good job and not just sitting around an empty pothole! Then give them something.  One particular hard working man changed my mind about pothole-filler people, because day after day he would be there, filling potholes with Bricks, and he did about 3 roads, all which I travel on – in a matter of 2 weeks. I was then definitely inclined to think, ‘wow – he just wants to feed himself, poor guy. He may not have work but he is working hard as his handiwork was clearly good – so let me give him something when I can!’ Of course we get the chancers – but you can normally tell! #glad for the help!

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Hi dear Mike
You cannot fill a spherical pothole – first has to be made into a rectangle. The Municipality know this and they fill in the potholes correctly. Filling a pothole with rubble will only make it worse. Sally

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I so agree with you.  Certain roads are repaired but that is because of who lives there. But our major roads are disgracefull. We never used to be like this. What have we come to. Back to the dark ages I think. Someone needs to get off their backsides and do something. We are the laughing stock of the world.

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In Defence of the undefendable!! The City of Harare used to get all the vehicle licences revenue which , hopefully, went some way to fix the roads BUT then along came ZINARA who hijacked all this and now CoH gets zippo even though Zinara are supposed to pay them their share of this revenue.  Maybe PT can tell us what happens to this revenue.    Re potholes. Our quiet suburban road now has 2 infant learning schools on it with 2 other “schools” nearby and they have increased the traffic  20 fold twice a day and they do NOTHING to fix the potholes outside their premises  let alone the whole road which I used to do with my gardener a few times a year but have now given up. With all the “commercial” premises in the suburbs increasing the traffic surely they should be helping to  look after their potholes…That goes for the industrial areas also and can all be tax deductable as an “expense”. Regards  John

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I was trying to reply and say why do we need photo shoots, mayors and ambassadors? But then I can see why.  Personally I have spent years filling potholes and picking up garbage in my stretch of street AND MORE. I dont expect a medal but always hoped that my neighbourhood would join in. I think it has made them more conscious.  As for the PLIZ HELP guys , I THINK THEY DO MORE GOOD THAN HARM.

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Regarding the pot hole saga – my experience is that the majority of the chaps are rubbish – they either dig out existing pot holes and pretend to repair them, whilst holding a hand out for donations all day, or the job they do is useless and all the bricks pop out onto the road to cause even more damage if you drive over them whilst attempting to avoid the pot hole! I gave up with the chaps around us as I soon realised that they were doing nothing except deepening holes and then walking off at the end of the day leaving it all worse. I note that a couple of people have recommended their local chaps as doing a good job – why don’t we get their names and numbers and then homeowners on a specific road can get the chap out for the day to do a decent job and pay him? If I knew the chap was going to do a good job which would last more than 24 hours, I would be happy to support him. And by the way, the first rule of repairing a pot hole is to square it off – if you don’t do that, it will never stay repaired.

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My suggestion here is that you ‘look after’ the guys working on the roads in your area – or on your most used routes. You get to know them and you can tell if they are doing a good job or not. You only pay them if you see proper work done consistently over time.  If everyone does this then all the good guys will be rewarded for making an effort, and they’ll continue to fix your roads,  and all the thugs and con artists will disappear as they are not paid!  Cheers Tony

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I’m not usually one to write in but the pothole discussion has been bothering me.  On the one hand, I do feel we should come together as a community and do our bit to make everyone’s lives a bit easier.  It’s what comes naturally to most of us.  We always want to improve our surroundings.  I used to applaud and pay the pothole fixers/touts when I saw them, admiring their ingenuity and appreciating their help.  Until I started noticing that bricks just seemed to move from one pothole to the next, that they often annoyingly blocked traffic and it was looking more like a money-making scheme. Zim drivers getting conned yet again.  I worried that I was becoming cynical and self-centred.  Then I realised that my concern is that we always just keep making a plan and that the root problem is never addressed, which in turn creates another problem.  We just seem to pay more and more for less and less.  There are so many taxes, tolls and levies and things just aren’t improving.  Maybe it’s time to put down our wallets and start asking the relevant authorities where our money is going….A Frustrated Citizen

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