South Africans are tired of potholes; Jonty Myhill has taken matters into his own hands by repairing potholes along the Curry’s Post Road.
Howick, South Africa (06 May 2021) – Curry’s Post Road in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands is home to some massive potholes. The municipality has proven to be inefficient in repairing the roads, so Howick residents took the opportunity to have a little fun back in March while highlighting the serious problem.
The Curry’s Post Conservancy hosted a fishing competition to raise awareness for the pothole problem on social media. Since their fishing day, it became evident that nothing was going to be done by the UMngeni Municipality. The municipality is currently in a state of decline with failing service delivery becoming more common each day.
A resident that uses the road regulary has taken matters into his own hands to try and make the road more accessible for residents and tourists that keep the surrounding Midlands going.
Jonty Myhill who has lived in the area for 35 years has decided to fix the road himself as he loves the area and just wants to see it thrive. By fixing the potholes, Jonty has created some work for people who live in the area too. In an interview with The Mercury, Jonty explained that he holds no grudges against the municipality and that he is just trying to be a responsible citizen.
“It is no use complaining and blaming others. In some instances, you just have to do the work yourself,”
Many South Africans have taken matters into their own hands over the last few years. These projects are always a source of debate surrounding how the government operates and why citizens should be left to foot the bills but at the end of the day, they also move and inspire people to do more.
The municipality has confirmed that road repairs are high on their to-do list, they are just facing financial issues. They will repair the roads as soon as financially possible.
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