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Where The R511 Road Stops

From VeldTalk Issue 76

Contact: helen.duigan@veldtalk.co.za

Where the road stops

Bronwen del Paggio of Gerhardsville has taken on the Gauteng Provincial Roads Department over the poor state of the R511.   “We have a half-finished road that no one wants to take ownership of,” she wrote to Andre Kilian, Deputy Director General of the Department.  “We drive this road every day and there is no shoulder, there are countless potholes, the broken edges shred tyres and just before the Hennops River bridge the new section stops abruptly.  Countless accidents have taken place on this road.”

Responding to the official explanation that “a contractor has been appointed for routine maintenance activities for this road, which inter alia includes the repair of potholes and edge breaks,” Bronwen retorted:  “I suggest you send out a search party because we haven’t seen this appointed contractor. I think you may have been robbed.”

The report continued:  “As part of this contract shoulder repairs were also carried out on the section between the first Hennops River bridge and the Hennops River primary school (which included the partial resurfacing).”    “Where might this be?” queried Bronwen.  “We drive this every day and there is no shoulder, in some sections there is barely any road.  The Hennops school bus travels this road eight times a day, doing double trips, and our kids’ lives are in danger.” 

Kilian’s report concluded:  “You are welcome to contacts Ms Valerie Govendin at 082 909 1539 regarding any construction issues or Mr. Victor Phala at 083 679 2673 regarding any maintenance issues.”

To be continued… Bronwen is not the type to give up.  For updates see the R511 Hennops Road Condition Report Facebook page.


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