Bridge collapses after heavy rains

2011-03-26 08:01

Johannesburg - A bridge along Witkoppen Road in Johannesburg's northern suburbs collapsed early on Saturday morning due to heavy rains, metro police said.

Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said the bridge crosses over Braamfontein Spruit which is the longest stream in Johannesburg.

It collapsed between Rivonia Road and Witkoppen road in Sunninghill at 05:00.

"As a result, Witkoppen Road has been blocked off," he said.

Motorists were advised to use William Nicol Drive as an alternative route.

No motorists were injured, Minnaar said.

"Clean up operations will occur throughout the day, there is no chance that the road will be opened any time soon."

Johannesburg Emergency Services on Saturday morning were also searching for a man who was washed away while crossing a pedestrian bridge on 21st Avenue in Alexandra on Friday afternoon.

Spokesman Percy Morokane said he and the bridge were washed away due to heavy rains.


Ellen Chauke, a spokesperson for Alexandra residents, said the man was the third person to go missing in the river in less than three weeks.

She said many homes on the river banks were flooded in Friday's downpour.

A shack situate near Jukskei River was also washed away during the early hours of Saturday morning. No further details were immediately available.

The M1 from Glenhove Road to Houghton Drive was also flooded, Morokane said.

He said that two cars were immobilised by the floodwaters, causing congestion on the highway. An EMS team was sent to help the drivers.

Areas in north east of Johannesburg, including Norwood, Oaklands and Orchards, were flooded, but there were no cases of missing people in these areas.

Morokane said a flood alert was issued in Soweto, but the rainfall there was within normal levels.

People, particularly those in rural areas, should take precautions when alerts were issued, he said.

These included making transport arrangements and making provision for children, the elderly and pets.

  • MaLemmer - 2011-03-26 08:17

    Eish. The maintenance of this road, she is to be queried. You don't fix, it breaks....just like the hospitals, the schools, the electricity, the water, the defence force, the telephones,.......

      Jenni Bessesen - 2011-03-26 08:45

      Vote DA!!! You've got the opportunity - take it or cease moaning

      MaLemmer - 2011-03-26 12:31

      @Jenni Bessesen, how do you know I don't? You bl@@dy agent!

      KaiinSA - 2011-03-26 21:38

      Looking at the water rushing over it on Friday night it really isnt surprising it was washed away. You cant blame bad maintenance for acts of nature.

      Ponkie - 2011-03-27 11:38

      Check both the bridges were constructed by Julia Mal-Ennema's BEEEEEEEE Destruction Company.

  • Mabhulwana - 2011-03-26 08:18

    Was it built by Malema's company?

      Neville - 2011-03-26 08:42


      Judith - 2011-03-26 09:32

      No but it is a really old low level bridge and has been battered by tree trunks etc in every flood

  • scud - 2011-03-26 08:43

    I live on the Sandspruit in Rivonia. Last night the water took down my boundary fences,walls and electric fences. This is the second time in 12 months. It happened once before about 20 years ago. That is proof that the storms are much worse than before.

      OuWitBooi - 2011-03-26 08:51

      Isn't it proof that the storms are the same as 20 years ago?

      YasButIDunno - 2011-03-26 09:11

      You should move your shack further up the hill :).

      Judith - 2011-03-26 09:35

      We are getting high impact downpours which means more water is delivered faster. With development upstream, the flood then moves downstream faster and harder than in years past. The Sandspruit has really decided to teach us its power in the last two years and is a wider river with destroyed banks along its way

      MaLemmer - 2011-03-26 12:29

      @ Scud,I think it is just proof that no planning has gone into water run-off while high density urban planning (sic) continues.....and yeah, OuWitBooi, the storms have stayed the same!

      JR - 2011-08-17 14:27

      This is why teh previous government had restrictions on building in the KNOWN FLOOD PLAINS of rivers and streams. Why? because we flippen well knew they flooded. I sometimes wonder at the stupidity of people. A similar case is happening in Strubens valley where a complex was built on the flood plain, now the bounday wall is collapsing and the units built on that section of the complex are uninhabitable. Just lets you knwo what you get for bribing the planning officer in Roodepoort.

  • tiotudg - 2011-03-26 09:06

    Wees asseblief meer korrek en akkuraat in julle beriggewing: "It collapsed between Rivonia Road and Witkoppen road" Rivonia en Witkoppen loop loodreg op mekaar - waar is die brug/spruit tussen die twee? Bedoel julle tussen Rivonia en Cambridge - indien wel, se^ dan so.

      Fossiel - 2011-03-26 09:37

      Immediately noticed that. One can do several blogs on the factual, spelling and grammatical errors on the News24 sites.

      tiotudg - 2011-03-26 09:49

      Die brug oor die Braamfonteinspruit in Witkoppenweg was 'n tydbom wat al verskeie lewens ge-eis het. Hierdie brug moes herbou gewees het met die opgradering van die N1-aansluitings by Rivoniaweg, maar inooreenstemming met die kortsigtige aanwending van fondse van die owerhede is NIKS gedoen aan die binnepaaie wat dien as toevoer na die snelwee" wat met groot vertoon en enorme koste vir die FIFA2010 herbou is sonder om met verantwoordelikheid ook die toevoerpaaie, waarvan Witkoppen met sy brug oor die Braamfonteinspruit slegs een is, op te gradeer. EK vertrou die brug oor die Braamfonteinspruit sal nadese letterlik en figuurlik verhoogde status kry.

  • smallwhirled - 2011-03-26 09:14

    'It collapsed between Rivonia Road and Witkoppen road in Sunninghill at 05:00.'???? This sentence does not describe the bridge location. The bridge that collapsed was on Witkoppen road, according to the first sentence in this story. I can't remember which is the Juskei bridge or the Spruit bridge. So which bridge is it, the one on the way up to Peter road and Montecasino or the one on your way to Sunninghill Hospital and Megawatt Park?....former Jozi resident.

      Judith - 2011-03-26 09:37

      It is the Braamfontein Spruit bridge between Rivonia Road and Cambridge (can't remember the next road west. The Jukskei passes Sunninghill further north and the Sandspruit bridge is between Rivonia and Bowling to the east. The report is not accurate

  • tiotudg - 2011-03-26 09:15

    Verder: "Motorists were advised to use William Nicol Drive as an alternative route." Witkoppen is geblokeer; Witkoppen en William Nicol loop loodreg opmekaar - hoe kan William Nicol 'n altenatiewe roete wees vir Witkoppen? - Probeer die N1 of Cambridge/12e deur Petervale/Bryanston

  • tony.kirby1 - 2011-03-26 09:27

    On which road, yes a good question. This is the quality of reporting these days. Shocking to say the least. News 24 one of the main culprits. Must be using cub reporters

      MaLemmer - 2011-03-26 12:30

      Curb the cubs, then nationalise!

  • djg - 2011-03-26 09:32

    Would Ms Bessesen please explain how voting for the DA is going to stop a bridge from collapsing!! U brainwashed or something?

      Bundy - 2011-03-26 09:41

      The money you be spent in the right areas and the right ongoing maintenance would have taken place on the bridge and river. Bridges dont just callapse. ARE U STUPID OR SOMETHING?

      Bokkie 36 - 2011-03-26 09:52

      Easy! The DA will see that these bridges are maintained, therefor they will not collapse! Elementary, isn't it?

  • djg - 2011-03-26 09:51

    Hey Bundy...what does " the money you would be spent" mean......u call me stupid....a-hole!

  • djg - 2011-03-26 09:57

    In your dreams Bokkie36

      Grant - 2011-03-26 10:19

      Feeling a bit sensitive this mornong djg? Rough night out?

  • Doug - 2011-03-26 10:39

    The Bridge that malema built perhaps?

  • Macho Mike - 2011-03-26 10:52

    Eish, never mind about fixing the bridge, we can't even educate people in the first place. Maybe the journalist can explain what is meant by "A shack situate near Jukskei River" is all about?

  • djg - 2011-03-26 13:54

    whats a "morning" that the thing between your ears

      Peter - 2011-03-27 00:27 obviously do not have a clue, what you are talking about.With proper planning and sustained maintenance, water can be directed, so as not to cause this kind of damage.something that the Department of, Waterworks is responsible for.The DA has proved in every one if the constituencies, that it has taken over, that planning in all spheres of daily life has improved, only improved, Not perfected.Where as with the ANC,all sphere's of daily life continue, the downward spiral

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