Businesses in Cape Town are frustrated by the on-going road constructions within the City which are said to be four years behind schedule.
One of them is the BP garage and Pick n Pay Express located on Hout Bay Main Road managed by Asad Mia. He says he has lost R3million in recent months as a result of access to his business being restricted by road works.
He says the City is not communicating with those affected to find better ways of doing things which will not result in businesses closing down.
CapeTalk’s Kieno Kammies spoke to Brett Herron, Mayoral Committee Member for Transport about the process followed by the City in terms of road constructions:
He disputed the claims by Mia that the city is not communicating with residents and businesses in the affected areas. Herron said they’ve been having meetings to discuss issues related to road constructions including the open day which took place prior. Only six people turned up for the open day, he said.
People are only interested when they realise the impact this has on their businesses and its unfortunate— rett Herron, Mayoral Committee Member for Transport
Kieno Kammies asked Herron what will happen to the businesses that are losing money due to road works.
According to Herron, the City is not responsible for the loss of income. They are doing what they are obliged to do by the constitution which is maintaining the infrastructure.
Disruption is inevitable when it comes to road works— rett Herron, Mayoral Committee Member for Transport
Listen to the full Conversation below: