Here’s how a Mpumalanga municipality ended up with an electricity pole in the middle of a road
- Two images tweeted on Bushbuckridge's Local Municipality's Twitter page of a road built around an electricity pole has left many scratching their heads.
- Many took to the post to challenge the images' authenticity, others questioned how this could have happened.
- The images are legitimate and though it may appear to be a 'mistake', the road was built around the pole on purpose.
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The Busbuckridge Local Municipality in Mpumalanga recently re-tweeted an image in which a road was built around an electricity pole.
In the tweet, it also showed how they fixed the 'mistake' after the fact. While many took to the post to challenge the images' authenticity, others questioned how this could have happened.
this look like 2 different locations— Eliot Mungeni Chauke (@eliotchauke1) October 7, 2019
Bt these pics don't look like they were taken in 1 place plz take a closer look— Yezwe (@Yezwe3) October 7, 2019
Speaking to Business Insider South Africa, municipal spokesperson, Aubrey Mnisi says the images are real. The pictures were taken in Acornhoek, in Bushbuckridge.
Mnisi says that they decided to share them again on Friday as a reminder of the rectified incident.
"We didn't expect people to still be surprised by it," he said.
How it happened
According to Mnisi, the 'mistake' was as a result of home stands being handed out to residents before electricity was installed in the area.
"The people received electricity shortly thereafter and the poles were placed accordingly."
It was only after they started paving the area's roads that they realised one of the poles was problematic.
"It was then that the road was built around the pole."
The pole was removed two months ago, when the image was first tweeted.
The roadworks are part of the municipality's paving of internal streets project.
The Executive Mayor Cllr Sylvia Nxumalo has officially handed over the paved Malubane street phase 1 and the handover took place yesterday, the 21st of August 2019. The 1.3. Kilometers paved street costed the municipality R 11 648 250.35 and its 100% completed.— Bushbuckridge Municipality (@BLM7992) August 22, 2019
Phase 1 of the project between Hazyview and Mkhuhlu was started in November 2018 and completed in June.
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