The Cape Navigator

Seaside Community Newspaper

Panorama, Parow

COCT Takes Action to Address Panorama Road Woes

Michael Hawthorne

PAROW – In response to mounting frustrations expressed by Panorama residents over neglected road repairs, the City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Directorate has taken swift action. Following a burst water pipe incident last year, the prolonged delay in addressing road conditions has raised concerns among the community.

The City’s Water and Sanitation Directorate confirmed that a team from the Water Distribution Services branch visited the specified site on January 26, 2024. The team is currently engaged in temporary repairs, utilizing a ‘coldmix’ approach to ensure immediate road safety. These interim measures aim to address the pressing issue until permanent repairs can be undertaken once a contractor is available.

“We apologize for the inconvenience caused and thank residents for their patience,” stated the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Sanitation, Councillor Zahid Badroodien. This comes as a direct response to the frustration highlighted in our previous article, where a concerned resident reported deteriorating road conditions persisting for four months without adequate attention from the authorities.

Residents had expressed dismay over the lack of responsiveness from local authorities and the ward councillor, citing multiple reported incidents that seemingly went unresolved. The resident emphasized the urgency of the situation, citing safety concerns and providing reference numbers for reported incidents.

The Cape Navigator reached out to the COCT for a statement in the previous article, receiving only an acknowledgement of the media inquiry. The current update reflects the COCT’s actions to address the reported road issues, with the community hopeful that increased media attention will ensure the completion of outstanding road repairs promptly.

The COCT’s commitment to temporary repairs demonstrates a proactive approach to alleviate immediate safety concerns, and residents can anticipate further updates as permanent repairs are scheduled. The community’s persistence and media coverage has played a crucial role in prompting swift action from the authorities, marking a positive step toward resolving the road-related challenges in Panorama.

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