For the past several years, there has been a public outcry over the state of roads in Harare which have been infested by potholes and some that have never been tarred. This is because most of the roads have outlived their supposed normal life-span of 20 years as some were constructed during the colonial era.
The city’s asphalt road network is in dire straits, and will only get worse as damage from flooding and freak weather increases due to the impact of climate change.
The solution – say engineers, city planners and campaigners – is concrete roads.
The city council has already decided to replace high-maintenance asphalt with concrete, but there is no clear timeframe or budget.
Some other African countries have already embraced concrete roads, shifting away from asphalt – including Malawi, Ethiopia and South Africa.
Recently, a man was photographed taking a bath in a pothole at corner Nelson Mandela and Julius Nyerere Way in Harare Central Business District.
See pic below