Motorists and taxi drivers in Mamelodi can finally bid farewell to their frustration of navigating through massive potholes on Tsamaya Road as a newly opened section relieves commuters.
On Tuesday afternoon, taxi associations in Mamelodi, along with local councillors and stakeholders, officially unveiled the stretch of Tsamaya Road from Phase 2 Railway Line Bridge to Mams Mall, marking a significant milestone in the ongoing construction and upgrade of the K54 road. This multi-million rand project aims to connect the R104 (old Bronkhorstspruit Road) with Solomon Mahlangu Road, improving accessibility and traffic flow.
Tsamaya Road serves as the primary route in Mamelodi, catering to taxi drivers, buses, motorists, and school transports. Previously plagued by its notorious potholes, the road had earned the moniker “the never-ending project” among locals due to the extensive damage caused to vehicles. As a result, some drivers had to seek alternative routes to avoid the treacherous conditions.
Chairperson of the Mamelodi taxi association, Ben Maredi, highlighted that numerous complaints from motorists and taxi drivers prompted their intervention. Recognising the impact on the industry and community, they engaged with local ward councillors, who informed them of the provincial government’s involvement in addressing the issue.
The taxi industry approached the offices of the transport MEC, presenting a memorandum urging expedited repairs on the road. Their efforts paid off, resulting in the smooth running of Tsamaya Road today.
During the months-long repair process, a local route committee comprising members from the Mamelodi Amalgamated Taxi Association (Mata) and the Mamelodi Local and Long-distance Taxi Association (Malldta) managed traffic flow. Maredi thanked motorists and the community for their patience while urging those protesting for service delivery not to damage the road.
Lubbicon Civils, in collaboration with Mahcon Company, worked tirelessly to complete the road repairs within a record time frame. George Mashishi, representing Lubbicon Civils, explained that the project commenced in mid-March, with the initial step involving the removal of car washes along Tsamaya Road to prevent water damage to the road’s foundation, a common cause of potholes.
Motorists and taxi drivers who had endured the nightmare of navigating the dilapidated road expressed their relief. Jack Mthobeni, a taxi driver, described the previous condition as a constant threat to their vehicles. At the same time, Tumelo Sibanyoni shared the extent of the damage his car sustained last year due to a pothole.
With the road restored, motorists like Thembi Majokane anticipate smoother journeys and punctuality for work and school, bidding farewell to the days of arriving late due to the once troublesome Tsamaya Road.
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