Storm over dusty road in the east

You can hardly see due to the dust.

The gravel road between Mooiplaats and Zwartkoppies in Boschkop is a nightmare for the farmers, residents and workers.

They have complained about the dust from the road saying it was bad for their health.

“Not only is it a health hazard but it is also dangerous because the dust obstructs the view of motorists, making it hard to see if there are pedestrians or cyclists on the road,” said residents.

The dust is so bad thatched roofs, which are supposed to be grey, are white in colour due to the dust.

Ward councillor Mike Strange said the 6km long road was initially planned as a farm road but people used it to avoid traffic on the nearby R104 road.

“The department needs to do something about this road. There has not been an accident yet but this road is dangerous,” said Strange.

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“They have reduced the speed limit from 80km/h to 60km/h but that is not helping because people do not abide by the road rules.”

Strange said farmers in the area were also affected because the dust settled on their vegetation and affected their animals’ lungs.

“Some farmers were forced to sell their farms because they were not making money due to the dust.”

Jacob Kawa works around the area and cycles to work on the road on a daily basis.

He also complained about the dust.

“The dust is affecting our health, we are forced to wear dust masks to prevent the dust from affecting our lungs,” said Kawa.

“I have been using this road for 10 years and I would be happy if they can tar it. The way it is now is not good at all.”

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The Gauteng department of roads and transport, which owns the road, has agreed it is in a bad state.

Media liaison officer Melitah Madiba said the road was on the department’s re-gravelling programme for the next financial year.

“The department will continue with the routine maintenance programme as required until the commencement of re-gravelling as planned,” said Madiba.

The dust on the road between Mooiplaats and Zwartkopies is said to be causing health hazards.

 

Jacob Kawa and ward councillor Mike Strange.

 

Ward councillor Mike Strange says the department must do something about the dusty road.

 

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Felicia Nkhwashu
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