Trucking traffic must be halted

LYDENBURG – Residents have had enough of haul trucks making use of the town’s roads.

According to Emmerentia Pretorius, a community member driving a petition, residents have reached a point where they have no other option but to demand that Thaba Chweu Local Municipality (TCLM) come up with a solution to get the trucks off the town’s roads.

“The municipality is neglecting its responsibility towards the residents of this town. The haul trucks have already caused considerable damage to the main roads and are now making use of the residential streets. TCLM does not have the financial capacity to pay residents for the damage caused to their vehicles on account of the dilapidated road surface and potholes.

“Why on earth do they even have a sign in town stating that no vehicle beyond four tons is allowed to drive on these roads? Accidents have increased, roads have deteriorated, the once-beautiful Long Tom Pass is now nothing but a long-haul gateway.

“At any given time there are more or less the same amount of trucks using the roads as there are cars. Vehicles have to give way at intersections because these trucks take two lanes to turn. Pavements are being ruined because they have to drive over it in order to turn at small intersections.”

She said that community members are fed up and that they are ready to demand action from TCLM. “Something should have been done a long time ago. Why do the residents have to be content with the way their roads are being ruined? It is time that something is done before another accident occurs or there is no road left.”

Pretorius said that once enough people have signed the petition, it will be handed over to the municipal manager. “The municipality will have seven working days to respond to the grievances. If it fails to do so, we will take the matter further. We will not rest until this matter has been resolved.”

Petitions can be signed at Steelburger/ Lydenburg News’ offices, Quicksell Realty, Deo Volente, A’s Mini Grocer, Harris Arc Weld, Sign Shop, Debonairs and Fishaways. Other off-set points will be communicated online and on the newspaper’s Facebook page.

Puleng Mapheto, spokesman for TCLM, said, “The municipality acknowledges the high volume of trucks using our roads in the central business district. The reason behind this is that the municipality was paving Potgieter Street which is mainly used by the trucks. Phase one and two of the project is incomplete. Trucks will use the designated street from now onwards.”

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Narda Vermaak
Journalist

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