Concerned parents at Rivonia Primary School have expressed their frustration over their ongoing efforts to get Joburg Water (JW) to address a reinstatement issue. The problem arose from a burst water pipe reported on April 4, which was only repaired on April 28. However, JW has yet to return to do the necessary backfill work, causing inconvenience and safety concerns for the school community.
Shayne Griffin, the school’s admissions officer, highlighted the challenge of reaching JW and emphasised the urgency of the backfill. Sue Kearns, a parent volunteer managing traffic outside the school, pointed out that the incomplete reinstatement has significantly disrupted the flow of traffic, leading to congestion on Rivonia Boulevard. The lack of available parking spaces has also become a major issue, affecting parents who need to pick up their children.
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Lisa Small, another concerned parent, expressed her dissatisfaction with the situation, stating that the unrepaired hole in the road not only takes up valuable parking space but also poses a visual eyesore and potential danger.
When contacted by the Sandton Chronicle on May 16, JW was asked about the timeline for addressing the reinstatement and the reasons for the delay. Although the publication set a deadline of May 18 for a response, an email from JW spokesperson Nolwazi Dhlamini on that day explained that the inquiry had been forwarded to the relevant department and would require more than 48 hours to provide feedback.
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