Storm water drains are cleaner after city campaign

2014-12-01 00:00


Msunduzi Municipality’s clean-up campaign is ­certainly paying off.

Previously when it rained, heavily blocked drains saw some roads become impassable. Ohrtmann Road was particularly affected. The municipality’s concerted effort to clean out storm water drains is paying off, and despite last week’s heavy rains, the road remained clear as the water drained easily. There was still some build-up of water at the intersection of Ohrtmann Road and Rosedale Avenue, but not as bad as in the past and vehicles could still drive through.

uMngeni Municipality, on the other hand, was shown up for not sorting out the blocked storm water drains in Howick. There were reports last week of businesses in the main street being flooded.

The heavy rains also exposed what can happen when roads are not maintained and are allowed to disintegrate.

Mano Naidoo, chairperson of the ­Howick and Midlands Chamber of ­Commerce and Industry, said that heavy water tankers had damaged Midmar Road over a period of time as they collected ­water from a fire hydrant there.

The result is that after last week’s heavy rains, water cascaded down the flattened and rutted road surface into Lupin Road, where two houses were flooded.

uMngeni municipal spokesperson Thando Mgaga said a storm water drain at the corner of Harvard and Main streets was partially blocked. The situation was exacerbated by the large amount of hail that fell, as well as the litter swept into storm water pipes by the downpour.

He added that there was also the ­problem of roots growing through the pipes from trees on Harvard Street. Mgaga said the municipality’s technical team was sorting out the drains and will be consulting with experts on sorting out the tree root problem.

He added that uMgungundlovu District Municipality will be further engaged with the concerns raised about Midmar Road.

“The distribution of water is the district’s line function, and the water tankers mentioned in your query, belong to the district,” Mgaga said.

The municipality’s Mbali Ndlovu confirmed that they had been contacted and discussions to sort out the matter were under way.


Former traffic chief James Mills has confirmed that it is illegal to put up posters and advertisements on ­traffic signs.

If there are still any doubts, he has pointed out the relevant legislation — Regulation 290(1) of the National Road Traffic Act.

The regulation states: “No person shall display or allow to be displayed any ­advertising material on or attached to a road traffic sign.”

During the national election earlier this year, political parties were the main ­transgressors.

Since then, advertising companies have jumped on the bandwagon and Mills noted the proliferation of adverts on traffic signs.

The municipality has since taken heed and spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha gave the assurance that “the sign inspectors are going out to attend to these, and we are putting measures in place to catch and prosecute the culprits”.

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