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Rotten Streets of Johannesburg

11 September 2012, 14:25

Ever walked in the streets of Johannesburg at any given time, you skip wop and jump at every turn to avoid bumping into people and dirt in. The streets are filled with vendors, hawkers, beggars and  the like.

Cleaning up by the city council doesn't seem to make much of a difference. they clean throughout the night but the first thing you see in the morning when going to work is a hip of dirt at each corner of the street. Could it be that they are not cleaning properly? that they are not doing their job? Not at all, but Johannesburg has become so overpopulated its disgusting. 

There has to be a way to control the population there. the CBD is a total mess, the building are not maintained, everybody simply does what they want. I mean we encourage people to start up their own businesses but come on; in one street, you have a hairdresser, a barber, a food seller, a fruit market all  in  one place. It is pure luck that there is no outbreak of cholera in Johannesburg.

To make matters worse, there would be burst pipes with water gashing out and being wasted, which takes day to be fixed.There are people staying in buildings that are dilapidated, with poor sanitary, hygiene not considered and places that are basically not conducive for humans. There is children of school going age playing in the street from morning to sunset. The city is forever bustling and jolting with people going up and down, crime rate sky rocketing, rape cases going over the roof. Its a town that seems to have lost its direction and purpose. Could it be the government is loosing control of things in the big City?

Nobody tells anyone what to do, if one decides that today they park their car in the no parking Zone, nobody cares. The police would request just a little so  they don't give you a ticket, my word its terrible. Shouldn't there be someone looking out for this sort of thing? Not only is it scary to walk  in the street but it even hectic driving around the town. there is the reckless drivers who do not seem to know what they are doing or where they are going. Don't even get me started with the taxi drivers.

Is this a microcosm of t he decay of things within  the government sector? is this just a representation of how our nations is losing control of they things? Please someone help me understand why Johannesburg has been left in this state. who will then be able to change things around? where do we even start?



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