IN its increased drive to restore roads, Kouga Municipality has prioritised the urgent repair of potholes across the Kouga region – taking the problem to heart.

Work, to be carried out by a contractor and teams from Kouga Municipality in all nine towns, commenced today.

It is important to note that potholes cannot be repaired if the road is wet or if there is water in the potholes.

Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks, said, “The municipality is aware of the myriad of potholes on local roads, which have been taking a severe beating with the recent rain.

“The damage to roads was made worse by years of neglect by previous Councils to maintain the region’s internal road network,” he said. “The lifespan of a road is only about 20 to 25 years, then it has to be rebuilt. Roads also have to be resealed at least once every seven years.

“Most roads in Kouga are far older than 25 years and have never been resealed – apart from the roads that have been resealed since the 2020/2021 financial year under the DA-led municipality.

“This means that the entire road network actually needs to be rebuilt and that filling potholes is simply a temporary fix for a far more serious problem.”

Hendricks concluded that the municipality, who is aware of the extent of the problem, is committed to repair potholes across the region.