Elderly west residents upset over unsafe sidewalk

Lydia Kristen. Photo: Kayla van Petegem

Elderly residents of the west of Pretoria are frustrated and upset over an unfinished sidewalk in the area.

Residents said they were relieved when a sidewalk in Dan Street was finally fixed but work suddenly stopped several weeks ago.

“We were not able to use the sidewalk for almost seven years and had to walk in the road,” resident Lydia Kristen said.

“I was excited when the metro workers finally came to fix the sidewalk, but then they stopped suddenly and left the site.

“When municipal workers came to fix the sidewalk, I also told them about a water leak, which they repaired, but that was that.”

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Kristen said many other elderly residents used the pathway.

“It is not safe to walk in the road because some motorists do not even stop at the stop street,” she said.

Another resident Cobie Viviers said not only was it impossible to walk there but the unfinished sidewalk was also an eyesore.

“Building rubble used for the repair work was left on the park across the street. Now some vagrants are using the rubble as a place to hide away.

“The grass is also overgrown, making visibility an issue,” she said.

Another resident Anthony Ferreira said some residents who were mentally unwell also cross the road, posing a further danger.

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“What will happen if one of the residents walks in front of a car. Will someone only then react to our plea for help?”

The Tshwane metro could not be reached for comment at the time of going to print.

The sidewalk was unusable for seven years. Photo: Kayla van Petegem

The sidewalk was unusable for seven years. Photo: Kayla van Petegem

Building rubble was left on the park across the street. Photo: Kayla van Petegem

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