WINDHOEK, 15 JUN – The City of Windhoek (CoW) expects to have all potholes on the capital’s roads repaired by the end of July this year, CoW spokesperson Lydia Amutenya said Thursday.
Speaking at a media briefing, Amutenya said they have received a number of complaints from the public about the potholes which she said were caused by recent heavy rainfall, heavy traffic flow and ageing of some roads.
Amutenya said an investigation carried out from 08 to 10 June found that there are 2 823 potholes, mainly in the northern suburbs.
“This year, we experienced an unintended delay with the procurement process and thus could not appoint the unit rate contractors and required materials on time,” she said.
The delay led to the CoW’s roads and stormwater maintenance teams falling behind on pothole repairs.
The City however on 11 June reinstated Unit Rate Contractors whose contracts expired in October last year, which means four roads and stormwater maintenance teams can be added for pothole repairs in the northern suburbs.
“With five teams repairing potholes, all potholes can be repaired in six weeks, thus we expect all potholes to be fixed by the end of July,” Amutenya said.
Repairing an estimated 3 000 potholes will cost the CoW N.dollars 883 890.
“The budget for surface repairs for the 2017/2018 financial year is N.dollars 26 350 000 of which N.dollars 11 152 470 is used, thus, there is no shortage of funds for the reparation of potholes,” said Amutenya.