Drop everything and download SA’s Pothole Patrol app


Ever wondered why so many mid-to-upper class Joburgers drive 4x4s, SUVs and bakkies? It’s not just because they like to go off-roading in Harties on weekends, we’ll tell you that much. But there may be some relief inbound. 

The City of Johannesburg has now launched a new Pothole Patrol App in partnership with Dialdirect and Discovery. Residents of the metro can now download the app (available on iOS and Android) and report potholes using geolocation tech. 

Read More: Ford Ranger FX4 review

To report a pothole, users will have to register an account. And while unregistered users can log ’em, they won’t be able to track the status of their queries. Users can log a crater in the tar by pinning their location and uploading images to the app. 

Gaping holes in tarmac have become synonymous with living in South Africa — many cities and especially smaller towns have terrible road conditions. Most citizens have just learned to dodge the potholes on their daily commute — but we don’t have to live like this.

Sign up for Pothole Parole

To register, users will have to divulge some personal information in the form of their full names, a cellphone number and an email address. 

Once you’re ready to log a hole, you’ll be asked to make sure you’re not driving while using the app (that’s a bad idea, especially on a road with hazards), after which you can tag a location via Google Maps (which suggests that this app may not work on post-2019 Huawei devices). 

Users can also log road-holes by sending the word ‘Hi’ to a WhatsApp bot — just send your message to 084 768 4653 and follow the prompts.

Source: BusinessTech


About Author

Digital Editor at Stuff. Nevermind the fancy title, I like writing about things that are cool. Like games, gadgets and sometimes even software. Depending on how cool it is.

Leave A Reply