The Dial Direct Brigade are filling Joburg’s potholes, with 10 000 already filled since the team got to work.
IN just over half a year, 10 000 potholes have been repaired by the Dial Direct Brigade.
The Pothole Brigade at workThe Pothole Brigade at workThe team was launched in August 2010 to put a stop to potholes, an ever-increasing problem on the city’s roads.
The Dial Direct Brigade is a project of the insurance provider, Dial Direct, in partnership with the Johannesburg Roads Agency, Lead SA and the Gauteng provincial department of roads and transport.
To fix potholes, the team uses a jetpatcher, which is a technologically advanced tool. It repairs potholes quickly and efficiently, by blowing out any remains from a pothole, putting down a layer of asphalt to seal the hole, filling the hole with an aggregate and asphalt mixture and then adding more aggregate to prevent asphalt from sticking to tyres while it is drying.
People are urged to report potholes on the brigade website www.potholebrigade, on potholebrigade.mobi, on the Lead SA website www.leadsa.co.za, or by dialling *120*1551# on a cellphone and following the instructions.
“We [receive] a large number of reports each day and to keep up with this demand, we tripled our capacity. With this increase in capacity we are able to repair over 3 000 potholes per month,” says Bradley du Chenne, a senior executive at Dial Direct Insurance.
“If your pothole is within our scope of repair, we fix it. If not, we report it to the Gauteng department of roads and transport or the Johannesburg Roads Agency, who we are working closely with, or other relevant agencies.”
Since December 2010, there have been almost 150 000 visits to the pothole brigade website and more than 13 000 potholes have been reported.
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