Audit of Cosmo City Ward 100
On the 29th May 2014 Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) together with the Ward 100 Committee member for Local and Economic Development, Tebogo Molefi conducted a blanket audit on roads, storm water drains, road signs and markings in Cosmo City.
The purpose was to establish the extent of the damaged roads in the wards.
Mr Lawrence Maseko Regional Operations Manager (Region C), whose office is inundated with similar complaints and concerns from other parts in the region, brought with him a high level delegation which included the Depot Manager, Assistant Managers of Planning and Maintenance, Assitant Manager Roads Signs and Marking, the Foreman, Inspector and Project Engineer. The Ward Committee in Cosmo City was represented by Tebogo Molefi (LED), Lybon Ndou (Transport) and Pinky Ncikana (Health). The ANC Transport Sub-committee together with the two SANCOs in the area were invited and constituted the Audit Team during this working exercise.
The JRA was established by the City of Johannesburg in 2000. Its mandate, reviewed in 2012, can be summarized as the design, construction and maintenance of roads and road infrastructure and from this mandate, the JRA priority goals vary from year to year as informed by the IDP, the Mayoral priority and the GDS, among other legislative instruments in the City of Johannesburg.
Notwithstanding past service delivery marches, Mr Maseko stated that due to the extent of the damages of the roads in Cosmo City, JRAs maintenance budget may not cope with the fixing of all the roads as some will basically need to be reconstructed from scratch. This process will therefore be capital extensive and there is a need to request a dedicated budget. However, JRA will continue with its maintenance where possible but other problems will have to be done once a budget request has been approved by the City.
However, JRA has undertaken to fix the potholes which resulted from similar water tables in the area. The other common finding which the audit team experienced is that the roads have been badly constructed and do not meet some of the JRA road standards and specifications. As a result some of the sections of the roads / streets in Cosmo City have been washed away during the heavy rainy seasons and this make those street to be extremely dangerous for all road users. All the problematic areas which are well known in Cosmo City were visited by the team and assessed and analyzed by the experts.