In order to address the dangerous conditions endangering driver safety, Memel farmers banded together in October 2021 to start the initiative to fix the infamous potholes on the road.
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Even though the project’s progress slowed down toward the end of 2022, momentum has significantly increased in recent weeks. This improvement came after ArcelorMittal South Africa’s( AMSA ) Newcastle Works generously donated 60 tonnes of cold mix tar to the cause in September 2023.
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Werner de Jager, a Memel farmer, attested that the delivery was made during the week and confirmed the steel giant’s second tranche of cold mix tar. The farmers were inspired by this prompt delivery to assemble on Friday morning and start working toward Memel by filling the potholes along Botha’s Pass.
One farmer expressed his resolve despite the oppressive heat by saying,” Someone has to do something, and we are willing to put in the effort to ensure the safety of everyone on the roads.”
Joe Nowbath from AMSA Newcastle Works confirmed that the steel giant had provided more than 1000 bags of tar mix to support the farmers’ project during discussions about the charitable donation. The Memel Road is in terrible shape. We wanted to help the farmers in the drive, Nowbath said,” to ensure the safety of drivers and the community who travel on the road.”
Drivers are advised to use caution when driving through the ongoing roadworks as the farmers continue their diligent efforts on the road.
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