AC pipes replacement — still no Telkom, road dangerous

The tar road is a muddy mess and a danger to motorists
The tar road is a muddy mess and a danger to motorists

Leoni Kruger
LEPHALALE — There are still a lot of complaints about the contractor company responsible for the replacement of asbestos pipes in town.
During the meeting of the community policing forum on Thursday 20 October it was reported that some of the areas where the pipes were replaced were left uncompleted.
According to a resident of Tsessebe Street in Onverwacht, the company never cleaned the sand off the road after the work was done. “It is very dangerous because there is only one lane for traffic on a turn in the road. They left it just like that” she said.
That is also the case in Sandsteen Street.
Apart from the fact that they just left the sand as is, the Telkom connections have been off since August this year, when Mogol Post received the first complaints.
Mogol Post reported on this issue in the 23 September edition with the title “No Telkom, this is why” where the Municipality reacted by saying that they are aware of the reports from the community regarding the disruption of services that are caused as a result of the pipe replacement project.
The following feedback was given:
 “The matter had been reported to Telkom.
 It is the responsibility of Telkom to assist with the repairing of cables and claim the costs from the contractor which has always being the case” was reported.
The following message or information must be noted from the consultant’s point of view:
“We have noted the cable damage on Tsessebe Street. The contractor from Telkom was on site on 5 September 2016 and could not excavate the area as the pipes were underneath and in the middle of the road. The contractor undertook to excavate on 7 September 2016 together with the Telkom officials to repair the damaged cables. The cables which have been damaged will be repaired as expected. We would like to apologize to the public for the inconvenience and disruptions incurred.”
The municipality explained the following:
“The project is aimed at providing a long term solution to water supply problems and replacing aged AC pipes in Lephalale Town, Onverwacht and Marapong. It is fortunate that the project is nearing completion by Mid November 2016 and subsequent phases (Phase 2) will follow to be implemented in 2016/2017 financial year.”
Despite the fact that the municipality has been approached for comments several times during November, they have still not responded at the time of going to press.
In the mean time, the long awaited rain started falling and the road is now an even bigger mess.

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