#ThrowBackThursday: The tale of the Herald’s pothole

Patrick Mere from the Rand West City Local Municipality made sure that the Herald's pothole was sealed properly.

At long last at least one gigantic pothole in Greenhills has been repaired.

After not-so-recent heavy rains, the town’s roads still look as though a storm hit them.

Like so many other roads in the area, one of Greenhills’ busiest roads – Kenneth Road – developed deep potholes. The particular pothole was outside the Herald office.

The Herald’s baby pothole grew into something out of a horror movie.

On numerous occasions Ellik de Lange, ward councillor of the area and his wife have spent nights filling the hole with red sand in a bid to lessen the impact when cars drive over it.

Red sand was no match for the pothole so, over time, it grew like a child. It seems only yesterday that the Herald staff watched the hole branching out into other little holes like a baby taking its first steps. It started out small but rapidly developed into an angsty teenager.

Before the hole grew into a middle-aged adult going through an existential crisis, the municipality finally sent a team to fix it.

However, the first crew the municipality sent was a ruse – they merely dug along the outside edge of the pothole, allowing it to get wider and deeper; but fix it, they did not.

At last on Wednesday, 19 April four municipal workers were dropped off on Kenneth Road outside the Herald offices to fix the gaping pothole – and did a fine job of it.

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