3 000 Bapsfontein families being relocated

2010-12-27 15:48

Johannesburg - The Ekurhuleni municipality has begun relocating the first of 3 000 families from the Bapsfontein informal settlement because of dolomite in the area.

The settlement was declared a disaster area due to the dolomite instability in the area, said municipal spokesperson Zweli Dlamini in a statement.

He said it was expected that 50 families would be moved on Monday.

"While the majority of people are being moved by the municipality, others have made their own private arrangement.

"The relocation process is expected to run till mid January."

The families were first being moved to various temporary relocation points, Dlamini said.

People had signed consent forms indicating that they agreed to the move.

He said the metro was helping people put up new structures and, where there were shortages, helping provide them with materials.

"Furthermore, residents are provided with clean water, mobile toilets, high mast lights, basic health services and solid waste removal."

  • Treborani - 2010-12-27 16:02

    Why don't we give them all a car and a month's supply of groceries too ?.......

  • Wayne - 2010-12-27 16:22

    TREBORANI , I just hope that you never land up is such a situation , suppose you live in the lap of luxury ??? did anyone ask you to make a contribution ??? so then have some compassion..........

  • Wayne - 2010-12-27 16:57

    asshole , could you not use that language........was I calling you names ??

      Treborani - 2010-12-27 17:16

      Get a life....

      Kammie Holder - 2010-12-27 17:19

      We need to understand that our circumstances can change in an instance! Compassion and love is needed more over greed which fuels wars.

      Treborani - 2010-12-27 17:31

      Thank you for that pearl of wisdom....

  • witboer - 2010-12-27 18:01

    Compassion and love. What a load of bullshit. These same people that you have so much compassion for will rob rape murder and steal you blind. Wake up its tax payers moneys that gets used for this shit.

      PerciusJcksn - 2010-12-27 18:15

      @witboer ur assuming that everyone that is poor is a criminal @Treborani when disaster strikes you will be the first one screaming

      Treborani - 2010-12-27 18:24

      Percius.... I would never be so stupid as to erect a shack above a sinkhole....go for a walk....

      Kaleidoscope - 2010-12-27 19:34

      @Witboer - You Paint all Black people with the same brush. Any intelligent person knows our tax goes towards this, so you stating the obvious. I actually don't mind my tax going towards things that can better other people's lives! The only thing about tax that bothers me is the tax that are filing up corrupt ANC officials pockets.

      Kaleidoscope - 2010-12-27 19:37

      @treborani - So where did you erect your shack?

      motlatjor - 2010-12-29 11:54

      Treborani, these "stupid" people did not build on any sink hole, they built on a dolomitic ground that,with time, propagates into a sinkhole. The only way to know whether the land you are about to build on is dolomite infested is through a thorough+laborious "Geotechnical Investgation" which,in my experience in civil engineering, has never cost less than R55000 [depending on how deep the water-table is]. How many people can afford that? Not many, which is why government funds these studies for all areas they consider placing people, and the information put in the "Township Development Report", with you municipality. You stay where you stay not because you are any smmarter than them, rather because this study/investigation was done&paid for by government(it might be the apartheid gov/democratically elected gov depending on how old township/suburb is-which gov did it is immaterial to me,the study must just be done)

  • Chris Martinus - 2010-12-27 19:32

    I it was white folks' houses, the municipality and their brethren would be looting them.

  • kajarodean8 - 2010-12-27 19:35

    Wonder if the area is really unstable?? Give it a year and it will become a mining spot of some sort. This is the uses for Dolomite:(from wikipedia) "Dolomite is used as an ornamental stone, a concrete aggregate, a source of magnesium oxide and in the Pidgeon process for the production of magnesium. It is an important petroleum reservoir rock, and serves as the host rock for large strata-bound Mississippi Valley-Type (MVT) ore deposits of base metals such as lead, zinc, and copper. Where calcite limestone is uncommon or too costly, dolomite is sometime used in its place as a flux for the smelting of iron and steel. Large quantities of processed dolomite are used in the production of float glass. In horticulture, dolomite and dolomitic limestone are added to soils and soilless potting mixes to lower their acidity and as a magnesium source. Home and container gardening are common examples of this use." JUST REMEMBER GOV WILL USE OUR TAX MONEY TO MINE THIS, USE OUR TAX MONEY TO MOVE THESE PEOPLE AND LET THESE PEOPLE WORK IN THE MINE FOR NEXT TO NOTHING... im paying for someone to move, work, elec and freakin water and our GOV reaps the rewards?? why is it like this again? im not willing to toss my money in to the blackhole that is called GOV anymore, they promose to help the people but they only help them selfs, and out of despiration these people with no money and no home are forced to fend for them selfs, stealing, raping and killing. LUCKY FOR US, not all do this..

      motlatjor - 2010-12-29 11:39

      Hi Kajaro, all all you say about dolomite is true but yo fail to mention the instability that this "stone" has, especially due to lowering water tables and water seepage into the ground. I am a Civil Engineer and I know how dangerous&unstable it is to found on dolomite. They may mine there but settling there (a squatter camp for that matter) is extremely risky. [Just read/visit any geotechnical engineering book/website on "Sinkhole development", you can somaar google it]

  • witboer - 2010-12-27 20:16

    Kaleidoscope You are correct. Not all black people are criminals, granted . My, Apologies. But we all know that they, meaning some of the blacks murder, rape, rob and steal everybody including blacks blind.

      motlatjor - 2010-12-29 11:44

      Can people have a constructive debate without racialising it in this country? This is a purely political+engineering matter. Has nothing to do with skin color. These people [3180 families] might just disappear in hole/cave-in and die overnight due to the dolomite they settled/put their foundations on. Think about this in terms of "Human Life", not RACISM please.

  • kajarodean8 - 2010-12-29 13:25

    To motlatjor, thanks, i read through some of it, i agree, but as i said, GOV reaps the rewards but the poor never benefit, and yes this is not a racial matter. things like this happen when Gov dont give a S*#T.

  • cookiedoughprincess - 2011-01-28 21:36

    Why wont they let them take their pets with? This is ridiculous!!!! So lets save the people but the pets need to stay behind and die??? WHAT the hell is wrong with whoever is in charge of this project? I would love to get animal rights involved here. How ridiculous. And to everyone making racial comments, Grow up, humans are humans regardless and if that were your child or family you'd want them safely moved so unless you have something intelligent to say save your ignorance for yourself.

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