The Executive Major of the City of Johannesburg, Cllr Geoffrey Makhubo and Member of the Majoral Committee (MMC) of transport, Cllr Nonhlanhla Makhuba together with Discovery Insure and Dialdirect Insurance joined forces in May, to officially launch the Pothole Patrol Initiative.
The partnership aims to form part of the 120 days of accelerated service delivery through the tagline, “120 days of service delivery” and potholes being on the radar as one of the main issues being tackled in all 7 regions.
The Pothole Patrol initiative looks at managing the repair of potholes in Johannesburg and reducing the frequency and gravity of road accidents across the city for all driver’s, regardless of whether they are insured or uninsured.
The partnership aims to help the City manage the backlog caused by the severity of potholes on Joburg roads and to align with international road safety standards. The Pothole Patrol partnership “will rely heavily on a data analytics” [technology system] designed to make roads safer for all residents.
Anneli Retief who is the head of Dialdirect Insurance gave his validation on the management of data, “the Pothole Patrol partnership is a unique data driven initiative designed to make [sure] roads [are] safer for all residents through a smartphone app that is being developed to allow residents of the City to log pothole locations which will prioritise for repair.
Johannesburg major, Geoff Makhubo said with optimism, “we have no doubt that this joint initiative with private sector support is the boost we need to fix road infrastructure in the city…this initiative is a game-changer in resolving the scourge of potholes on our roads.”
But Makhubo cautions, “the service will make a substantial difference, but changes will not happen overnight as the city faces a significant backlog [of service delivery]…it is important to note,” he said, “that due to the vast expanse of the City’s road infrastructure and the backlog created over time through various reasons including an increase in road traffic and worsening weather conditions, it may take time for a logged pothole to be repaired.”