Unemployed man filling JHB potholes

Henry Ndlovu has taken it upon himself to fill massive holes in Fourways left by the recent heavy rains.

FILE: Henry Ndlovu has taken it upon himself to fill massive holes in Fourways left by the recent heavy rains. Picture: Masego Rahlaga/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - While the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) works to clear the backlog of pothole repairs in the city, one unemployed man has grabbed the opportunity to make a bit of money and help hundreds of frustrated motorists along the way.

Henry Ndlovu has taken it upon himself to fill massive holes in Fourways left by the recent heavy rains and he says motorists have largely welcomed his effort.

Major roads around Gauteng were damaged by severe rains since beginning of March. Picture: iWitness.

Come rain or shine, armed only with a spade and a bag of sand Ndlovu has spent the past week filling in potholes on Bushwillow Road in Fourways.

He says he's lost count of the craters he's attended to.

"Maybe I've filled 600 or more potholes."

He says his philosophy is simple.

"If you help people, they will do the same."

The JRA, however, says Ndlovu's actions are illegal as he's not complying with the correct standards and safety measures.

Meanwhile, the Gauteng government estimates it will need to spend over R170 million to repair roads and infrastructure damaged by the rain.

At least 34 people died as a result of the flooding in five provinces and hundreds of people have been left stranded after their homes were flooded or swept away.

An EWN video of a sinkhole caused by the rain in Bryanston.