IY road repairs completed, says City

Mayoral committee member for urban mobility and Hout Bay ward councillor, Rob Quintas

Bad roads are now a thing of the past in Imizamo Yethu – after years of construction delays.

The City of Cape Town said it has completed a multi-million rand project that resurfaced various roads, and repaired damaged sidewalks, kerbs and road markings.

Mayoral committee member for urban mobility, Rob Quintas recently visited the area to inspect the roads, the City said in a statement.

Mr Quintas, who is also the area’s ward councillor, said Imizamo Yethu residents were patient throughout the construction phase, even after years of frustration over the state of the roads.

Contacted by the Sentinel on Wednesday December 22, Mr Quintas said he could not give the cost implications of the project. He said he was on holiday and could not give any further information on the project.

In September this year, Imizamo Yethu residents barricaded roads and set tyres on fire outside the Hout Bay police station to vent their anger about the state of the roads.

In a previous interview during the protest, community activist Kenny Tokwe said residents were irate over the conditions and wanted to see change.

“People are staging their frustrations and we are calling on the City to address these issues properly, because they have been coming on for a while now,” he said.

In 2017, City officials staged an oversight visit on the state of roads in Imizamo Yethu and set the wheels in motion for a R40m project to resurface damaged roads.

The project was set for completion in May this year, the City said. Mr Quintas is on record attributing the long delays to Covid-19.

He had said at the time that the City’s roads depots had lost 105 working days due to the pandemic.