Pensioner fixes potholes in Windhoek

A Pensioner from Swakopmund spent a day filling potholes with sand and gravel in Windhoek on Friday.

John Hopkins (73), who regularly visits family in Windhoek, noticed that there was an increasing number of potholes on Windhoek streets, prompting him to take the matter into his own hands.

Hopkins told the Namibian on Tuesday that Plato Street in Academia had a number of potholes that could cause damage to vehicle tyres, with drivers having to swerve to avoid them.

He noted that it was also the bus route to the University of Namibia, and felt that something had to be done.

“It is important to make sure that roads, water supply networks and basic infrastructure for housing is well looked after for future generations, before spending millions on new projects. It is everybody’s responsibility to make sure that Namibia remains the best country in Africa,” he said.

Hopkins also commended the municipality of Swakopmund for being proactive in maintenance.

“Swakopmund residents often submit complaints and issues to the municipality. The municipality is very proactive, implementing regular maintenance and repair work,” he said.

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