Sunningdale potholes, a widening concern

uMhlanga ward councillor, Heinz de Boer, says the city's Road and Stormwater department is struggling with a backlog of repair work which includes several potholes on Sugarfarm Trail in Sunningdale.
uMhlanga ward councillor, Heinz de Boer, says the city's Road and Stormwater department is struggling with a backlog of repair work which includes several potholes on Sugarfarm Trail in Sunningdale.

RESIDENTS of Sunningdale have bemoaned the state of their roads, that are in need of serious repair. Last week the Northglen News was contacted by a local resident, who did not want to be named, who said Sugarfarm Trail, in particular was a ‘nightmare’ to drive on.

The city’s Roads and Stormwater Department has since put up large ‘Pothole’ signs warning drivers but there has been no repairs.

“The potholes keep growing, every time it rains, that road becomes an absolute nightmare on it. These signs are purely for liability, so the city can avoid blame. There are more than six potholes of various sizes lining Sugarfarm Trail. This always happens after a heavy downpour I’m not in a unique position here, other residents feel the same way, something has to be done,” he said.

According to uMhlanga councillor, Heinz de Boer, the city’s Roads and Stormwater Department, which is responsible for maintaining and repairing the city’s roads and fixing potholes, is under siege by groups who have threatened them.

“The department now has a backlog of roads they need to fix. I’ve seen workers from the department repair roads in La Lucia which were badly affected by the heavy rains and I’m sure Sunningdale will be next. In truth though, some roads, particularly Sugarfarm Trail, needs to be resurfaced. The engineering standards around the city are different, and some roads were done substandardly a very long time ago. The city has not kept up with development in the North which is expanding at a rapid rate,” he said.

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Shiraz Habbib
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