Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Rising water table flooding Joburg


All eyes on government to see how they are going to solve this problem. My guess is they'll hold a summit at Sun City - which would cost the taxpayer about R60 000. They'll then realise that this problem does not really exist and is something the media cooked up to make them look incompetent. If however, it is proven that the problem is in fact a real one it will be blamed on Apartheid.

Johannesburg - Roads and properties in Johannesburg are becoming flooded from the rising water table, the Star reported on Wednesday.

Underground water was seeping through the roads and causing huge sinkholes and flooding neighbouring properties, according to the newspaper.

Residents were resorting to installing drainage systems at a cost of about R250 a running metre.

If they did not install them, water could get into the foundations of their houses and start eroding them, said Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) engineer Andre Nel.

He said the surface water was caused by rain water seeping into underground layers of soil.

It was trapped by a rocky layer, could not seep any deeper, and resulted in a rising of the water table.

The affected areas included Parkwood, Orange Grove and Houghton, Eldorado Park, Roodepoort, Randburg, Soweto and Lenasia.

The JRA would install drainage systems on roads, but did not work on private properties.

The summit at Sun City - which would cost the taxpayer about R2.600000 only followed by snacks off the bellies of naked women.

But wait, you forgot about the delegation that gets sent overseas -( 1st class air tickets/ 5 star hotels ) to find out how first world countries do it- Oh , and to catch up on some shopping and eating at the finest restaurants. I assume your R60,000 budget for Sun City is per head . the end of the summit it will be decided that the people owning / renting the properties must sort it out themselves. 

Actually, they will hold a summit, do nothing after a 600K sushi party and then publish their success story in the new states newspaper they are launching. The media says nothing because they are gagged by the information bill.

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