100s evacuated after pipe bursts

2012-08-20 07:24

Johannesburg - More than 800 people were evacuated when a main water supply pipe burst on Monday in Mamelodi, east of Pretoria, Tshwane emergency services said.

Spokesperson Johan Pieterse said the Phomolong informal settlement was flooded when the pipe burst at around 01:00 on Monday.

"We are still busy on the scene with a search and rescue mission as some of the people were missing family members."

He said one person was taken to hospital in a critical condition while five others sustained minor injuries.

"The Hans Strijdom Drive has been closed from the Hinterland Avenue to the Pretoria Avenue. Traffic will be affected as the road will only be opened much later on Monday."

Motorists were advised to take alternative routes.

Pieterse said they would soon know which suburbs have been affected with water supply.

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  • mikenortje - 2012-08-20 08:56

    Looks like that water infrustructure non maintenance issue is starting to bite. Last week the two main water supply pipes of Port Elizabeth burst (they had been leaking for 4 years)leaving the majority of the city without water for a couple of days ..... now this!! Keep going ANC you doing such a fantasitc job Oooooooh and on a "Lighter" not Port Elizabeth has had two sub stations explode in the last two weeks, leaving large parts of the City without power ........ on an even lighter note the ANC took the Mayor hostage (denied of course) and tried to force him to resign. All the links provided below - anyone voting ANC needs their heads read!

  • harry.dewet.5 - 2012-08-20 08:58

    The municipality is responsible for mass destruction of all steel pipelines, as they have decided not to add lime to the water anymore. Steel pipes will never rust if there is lime in the water, because it forms a protective deposit on the inner surface and keeps the pH at a safe level above 7, which prevents corrosion. When there is no lime in the water, the protective deposit on the pipe bore slowly disappears and eventually corrosion will start to occur. One can feel that the water quality is lately quite "soft", because soap does not rinse off so quickly anymore,implying that the pH level is below 7. Numerous steel pipes have corroded that resulted in pipe bursts, thanks to the "clever" new generation of people employed by the municipality - all of this does create jobs, as plenty new pipes have to be manufactured and installed, but at the expense of the taxpayer.

      Desilusionada - 2012-08-20 13:03

      Harry, Since '94 preventative maintenance is a swear word. No maintenance is being done anywhere, not on power pylons, nor pipes, buses, trains facilities anywhere. Not doing so makes the "bottom line" of the books look bigger/better so that all the incompetent deployed cadres can get bigger bonuses, based on said financial performance. And then some historically lucrative, profitable enterprises are still run at a loss..... But then, looking at some posts on these forums, the lack of economical insight into eg. mining operations is abysmal...

  • riotousr - 2012-08-20 10:02

    Let us go and vote.

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-08-20 17:48

    This is like global warming- by the time they realise their mess it will be too late to do anything...we are so screwed

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