A green-fingered maverick from Nelson Mandela Bay is blazing a trail in pursuit of respite from the metro’s severe road-decay epidemic by placing cannabis plants in some of the abundant potholes that have become the bane of resident’s existence over recent years.
A pair of robust dagga plants have been spotted happily flourishing in potholes around the metro, and the man responsible is vehement in his endeavour to ensure that the dire infrastructure problems are urgently addressed.
The man was the deserved winner of the “Pothole of the day” award, which is bestowed upon the resident who posts the best picture of the numerous road hazards in the metro to the “Potholes of Nelson Mandela Bay” facebook page.
The page was started by a businessman from Port Elizabeth and it has thus far galvanised a fed-up community of over 4 000 users. The atmosphere within the forum is light hearted, but they are hell-bent on bringing the issue to light and prompt a response from the municipality, whose efforts to rectify the problem has at best been half-baked.
The group congratulated the man, saying “we here at POESA (Potholes of Everywhere in SA) salute the person responsible for these beautiful pot arrangements in Forest Hill Drive, Humewood & on the corner of Brighton Drive & 11th Avenue in Summerstrand.”
The ‘war on potholes’
Rosie Daaminds, head of the Roads and Transport portfolio in Nelson Mandela Bay, vowed to completely vanquish potholes in the metro by December when she launched a multimillion-rand pothole project in Bethelsdorp in September.
“We are launching this project here in Ward 27 but it does not mean nothing is happening in other areas,” she said. “It has been rolled out in all wards, because seeing from the everyday media reports the entire city is full of potholes.”
“We are here today to declare a war on potholes,” Daaminds said.
In spite of this pledge, road users still find themselves in great peril all over the city, with the required maintenance yet to be performed.
Green-fingered resident blazing a trail
Although it’s currently only a “hemp-orary” measure, the crafty botanist has sworn that the plants will be officially installed across the city should the municipality not finally take the “high-road”, adding that his effort also brought about some much needed humour amidst the misery of lockdown.
“[We] are looking to ‘officially’ plant them if all the potholes are not completed by December as promised by our municipality,” the man told The Herald under condition of anonymity.
“These specific plants were chosen as we are in a period [lockdown and its repercussions] where flexibility and humour are much needed,” he said.
‘Kush-hour’ commute disrupted by decaying infrastructure
The man said that he is forced to exercise extreme caution while conducting his daily commute to work because the potholes are so severe.
“The potholes were chosen fairly randomly as they happen to be on one of my regular routes and due to their depth often have to be anxiously dodged.”
Residents across Nelson Mandela Bay will now be hoping that the budding resistance is able to puff puff pass on the buck to the municipality.
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