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Armed with chisels, hammers, spades and a determination to fix a longstanding problem, the Randburg community got a pothole fixed in the blink of an eye after a botched job left a tarred scar on the road.


Randburg, South Africa (12 February 2024) – Amidst the hustle and bustle of daily life, it’s easy to overlook seemingly minor inconveniences. Yet, nestled at the intersection of Kelly and President Fouche, a pothole measuring 1m x 1.5m has persisted for six long years, silently beckoning for attention. Last week, however, marked a turning point in the community’s journey as they gathered to mend more than just asphalt; they came together to mend the spirit of the neighbourhood too.

The genesis of this pothole predicament traces back to a burst water pipe, a seemingly routine issue. The resulting cavity was left unattended. Amidst bureaucratic red tape and jurisdictional finger-pointing, it became evident that the responsibility rested squarely on the community’s shoulders.

But instead of succumbing to apathy or frustration, the community chose to rise to the occasion.

“With determination in our hearts and unity in our actions, we embarked on a mission to rectify this longstanding blight. Armed with asfault, tools, and a fervent desire for change, we set out to transform our corner of the world.”

But this initiative is more than just filling a hole in the ground; it’s a symbol of collective resilience and commitment to progress. It signifies a meaningful beginning, a tangible manifestation of the dedication to improving surroundings.

“We extend an open invitation to any community members that would like to join us on this exciting journey. Whether lending a hand in clearing debris or offering moral support, every contribution, no matter how small, is a testament to the power of community.

Moreover, this endeavour is just the beginning of a series of projects aimed at revitalising our neighbourhood. We are actively engaging with local businesses, appealing for their support and donations, as we strive to create a safer, more vibrant environment for all.”

“So let us stand together, shoulder to shoulder, as we embark on this journey of transformation. Let us be inspired by the collective spirit of goodwill and determination that defines our community.”

“Together, we can fill not only a pothole but also our hearts with hope and our streets with progress. For in the end, it’s not just about fixing roads; it’s about building a brighter future.”

“A big thank you to our absolutely incredible residents that participated today.

Thank you to our Councilor Ralf Bittkau for endorsing our initiatives and assisting us with the much-needed information and advice required to carry out these projects successfully.”

Sources: Nikki Belt – Supplied
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