Lentegeur resident raises concerns about potholes

Arthur Voegt, from Lentegeur, pointing out potholes at a shopping complex in Merrydale Avenue.

A Lentegeur resident has complained about potholes in the parking lot of a shopping complex off Merrydale Avenue despite them having been repaired a few months ago.

Arthur Voegt, who lives a road away from the complex, said he feared the elderly who walked across the parking lot, were in danger of being injured.

As a member of the ward committee for Ward 76, he raised the matter during a meeting last month, and was told that the City of Cape Town did not own the property with erf number 9891RE.

Speaking to the Plainsman Mr Voegt said: “This is a danger for cars and pedestrians”.

Mr Voegt said apart from the potholes posing a danger to “cars and pedestrians”, the parking lot was an eyesore.

“Never would a shopping complex look like this in another area,” he said.

Goawa Timm, councillor for Ward 76, said the owner of the property should take responsibility. “They generate enough money from the community, who shop there daily,” she said.

Ms Timm said the potholes had been filled with sand a few months ago.

“Winter is on its way and the potholes are getting bigger,” she said.

Mayoral committee member for transport, Felicity Purchase, said the parking lot was privately owned by Small Enterprise Finance Agency (SEFA), who was responsible for its upkeep and maintenance.

She said all complaints should be directed to the company and that the municipality had not received any complaints.

“It is very important to point out that the City is not allowed to do repairs or maintenance work on privately-owned properties, this would be in contravention of the Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA),” she said.

SEFA had not yet responded to our queries by the time this edition went to print.