Martin Williams
3 minute read
5 May 2021
5:30 am

Like our roads, our social fabric requires patching

Martin Williams

For months, potholes have symbolised dysfunction in South Africa’s largest, richest city.

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Pothole Patrol, launched on Monday, offers a glimpse of the way forward for Johannesburg and the country. For months, potholes have symbolised dysfunction in South Africa’s largest, richest city. We have despaired at the growing list and the inability of the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) to cope. Now, the arrival of sponsored “Jetpatcher” machinery has spawned hopes that the backlog of about 48 000 potholes is not insurmountable. We can visualise smooth driving in the not too distant future. Discovery Insure and Dialdirect Insurance have partnered with JRA. And behind that lie the most important ingredients – the vision and...