- De Wet Van Zyl is an amazing young man who helped make South Africa a better place by helping to fill 96 potholes
- He and a group of people worked tirelessly to improve the road conditions by filling the potholes that have plagued motorists for a long time
- Briefly News spoke to him about what it felt like to be a positive change for good in the community
De Wet Van Zyl is an extraordinary young man who helped fill 96 potholes in William Stow Street. De Wet worked with a group of people to fill the holes that have plagued motorists for a long time.
Briefly News was fortunate enough to talk to De Wet and ask him about how he felt about the good work that he had done.
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De Wet revealed on the day the photos were taken they had filled 50 potholes in three hours using half a ton of ready mix tar. The bag were donated from a supplier.
The company he works for asked not to be mentioned in the article but they donate from their side as well.
The supplies are not a problem the real problem according to De Wet it manpower. Volunteers are always in short supply.
"Which is actually sad, because people complain about the road conditions but they do not really want to help," De Wet said.
However, he understands their frustration they do pay tax but still have to maintain the local infrastructure themselves.
He is proud of the change he has made in his community.
"It still feels good at the end of the day when you use the road yourself and the potholes are fixed."
Potholes are serious business
Leigh-Ann Henderson van Rensburg shared an amazing story about how just five men have repaired over 400 potholes in the Senekal and Matwabeng areas.
This came about after the community decided that they needed to take matters into their own hands and revitalise their towns.
Community volunteers started tidying gardens, repainted road markings, cleaned up areas and repaired potholes. Leigh-Ann shared a pic of five men who have been responsible for repairing over 400 potholes.
Earlier, Briefly News reported that Marcelle Rene Byrnes took to Facebook to applaud a young man by the name of Innocent Malange for filling potholes up. According to Marcelle, Innocent gives back to the community by filling potholes on Vleifontein Road (Limpopo) with sand.
Marcelle stated that Innocent always has a smile on his face and is a hard worker, adding that the young man does all the hard work out of the goodness of his heart. Marcelle thanked Innocent for making the roads safe for motorists.
The post was shared to Facebook's #ImStaying group where Stayers shared messages of love and encouragement for Innocent.
In other news, Mosala Lawrence who is a firefighter for the Botshabelo Fire Brigade. Mosala stated in a post shared online that he and two other people from his shift worked together to fix a massive pothole that has caused people to lose their tyres.
Mosala said that the pothole was between Botshabelo and Bloemfontein on the N8 highway. Mosala long with Jonathan Boucher and Clinton Lemmetjies decided to take matters into their own hands.
The group of firefighters bought bags of concrete mix which they used to fix the pothole.
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