The City of Cape Town has made swift progress with the road repairs in Imizamo Yethu. The work started on 2 November 2021, and the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport, Councillor Rob Quintas, visited the area to inspect the workmanship.

‘I visited Imizamo Yethu on Friday afternoon and I was heartened to see that the project is moving along rapidly, thanks to the contractor and Transport officials, with the support from local residents and the minibus-taxi operators. If all goes as planned, the majority of the work on the roads will be complete in time for the builders’ holiday and before the festive season starts. This will benefit all who live and move around in Imizamo Yethu.

‘By working together, we can improve mobility – that is, for those who are using road-based transport to get to where they need to be on roads that are well maintained and safe. Pedestrians will also benefit from the repair work done on the sidewalks,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee for Transport, Councillor Rob Quintas.

The project entails the following:

  • the resurfacing of NR Mandela and Oliver Tambo Roads, H Peterson and M Peterson Avenues, and Molokoane and R Sobukwe Streets 
  • the repair of damaged sidewalks along sections of NR Mandela and Oliver Tambo Roads
  • the repair of kerbs along NR Mandela Road
  • repainting of road markings and patch work around the traffic circle at the entrance to Imizamo Yethu

The installation of sub-surface drains was done before the project commenced.

‘I want to ask residents and community leaders to help us prolong the lifespan of the new roads and sidewalks. Only runoff from rainfall events should go down the stormwater system. The abuse of the stormwater infrastructure and dumping of objects into the system must be avoided at all times as this leads to blockages, and eventually the flooding of roads and even houses. This is why I cannot stress enough how important it is that residents refrain from dumping objects into the system and to report those who do,’ said Councillor Quintas.

Community leaders and residents are kindly requested to:

  • keep on supporting the City to get the work done as soon as possible
  • avoid getting rid of greywater by dumping it on the roads
  • avoid littering and the dumping of objects into the stormwater or sewer system
  • note that roads will be less likely to flood if there is no littering or dumping into the stormwater system
  • assist by making sure the stormwater inlets along their roads are clean and not blocked and to report this to the City for attention if needed
  • assist the City by educating residents about how the roads in Imizamo Yethu can be protected, and its lifespan prolonged