Bergrivier Road Works Halted
Bergrivier Road Works Halted: The first phase of the upgrade to Bergrivier Road, which stretches across Chloorkop and Terenure, was meant to be completed by the end of July, but to date, the road works are continuing. Following the bad weather conditions, a re-test on the earth works had to be conducted and approved before work could continue, therefore causing further delays. “With construction work, it is important to understand that the dates given are merely estimations of when the work is due to be completed. Also in construction, there are hiccups that disturb the flow of the work,” the source explained. “In the past few months, there have been a chemical spill and sewage blockage in the area, which have affected the work,” Ndala clarified. He said the environmental affairs department conducted investigations and found that the chemical spill was coming from a nearby factory. The chemicals reached the construction site via pipes and affected the work. According to Ndala, this issue was resolved between the department and the company involved.
Ndala said he spoke to the owner of White Hazey, Mavela Situnku, who estimated this first phase of construction would be completed by the end of the week. And by Monday, September 26, they would begin with the second phase. Phase 2 is estimated to take about three months to complete. For some, like FMS Recyclers, which has been in existence for about six years, it has led to the business being shut down. “The road works affected my business badly because my customers didn’t have any access to the premises and had to enter via someone else’s business, which was an inconvenience for the business owner and my clients,” Marais said. Sylvia Goncalves, director at Alpha Builders Supply and Hardware, which is also affected by the construction, said the owner of White Hazey told them the road would be open by the first week of August. “We are completely in the dark. I predict this road closure will close this 40-year-old business (Alpha Builders Supply) by the end of the year if nothing is done,” Goncalves said with frustration.