KFC help to fill potholes

THE Johannesburg Road Agency (JRA) received a R200000 cash injection from fast-food outlet KFC yesterday to repair potholes.

But JRA spokesperson Thulani Makhubela said the city's pothole problem would be resolved by the time the World Cup begins on June 11. "We will have eradicated the backlog," he said.

Johannesburg has about 9600km of tarred roads. A kilometre of road costs R4million to construct.

Makhubela welcomed KFC's contribution. He said the city had allocated R110million for routine maintenance.

He claimed that potholes had been caused by the unusually high rainfall and said they cannot be repaired in the rain.

DA member of Parliament Stuart Farrow said potholes were also caused as SA' s roads had exceeded their 25-year life span.

"This is a direct result of the government's lax attitude towards the roads maintenance backlog which stands at R38,3billion," Farrow said.