Bridge collapses in Crown Mines

2011-12-14 07:38

Johannesburg - A bridge has collapsed on Crownwood Road in Crown Mines, Johannesburg metro police said on Wednesday.

Spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said the road has been cordoned off.

Traffic from Booysens Reserve in the south of the city would be affected.

He said motorists should use the M1 highway, Main Reef and other alternatives roads.

  • Kaizer - 2011-12-14 07:43

    Hmm...wonder if it was a juliaaas construction job.

      Chris - 2011-12-14 07:52

      @ Kaizer, why not Mr. Malan's job? cause their capable of doing everything?

      Kaizer - 2011-12-14 08:00

      I dont know - lets see how many Mr Malan's building projects were under investigation for shoddy workmanship. Or should i call it the african standard?

      Kaizer - 2011-12-14 08:04

      Yes Chris - EXACTLTY. And no, Im not going to argue with you, because you summed it up perfectly. THANKS!

      Piet - 2011-12-14 08:09

      Chris Either way, If it is a new one then it is due to shoddy workmanship. If it is an old one it is due to a lack of maintenance....

      Sean - 2011-12-14 08:26

      That bridge is on Mining property and has been there for, well, for ever. They are not obliged to do anything with the road or the bridge as it is private property. The puclic use that road and bridge as a shortcut to get from Ormonde to Fordsburg. We have been moaning about that road etc for years and nothing has happened. Guess they will have to do something about it now.

      Barefoot - 2011-12-14 08:41

      lol private so your comment is irrelevant see hurrying to talk about things you don't know?

      Nkulekweni - 2011-12-14 09:07

      Shame Kaizer. Did you try to emigrate and no country would have you?

      Kaizer - 2011-12-14 09:31

      no i did not emigrate, i stay comfortably on the land i stole from your ancestors and earn a living off the sweat off the backs of unskilled labor. Lekker ne?

      Ann - 2011-12-14 10:52

      This is what is on the cards for a number of the "back roads" once the clever people start charging tolls on the highways. Lack of maintenance will spread like wild fire!

  • rpm760 - 2011-12-14 07:54

    Are you sure. Many of us drove over it this morning.

      Morné - 2011-12-14 11:28

      So you're the one that broke it!

  • Morné - 2011-12-14 08:09

    This bridge is on private property (mining property). I wonder if the property owners will repair it? From what I understand maintenance of this bridge has deliberately been kept to a minimum and widening of the bridge avoided to deter heavy traffic and public use. It will be interesting if they don't, seeing that the only alternate route, that will not be tolled, is the M1 that is already heavily congested.

      Mzansi - 2011-12-14 09:04

      Hello Morne. Whilst this road maybe going through a privately owned land, it is still a public road under the "servitude clause" of land ownership. Hence it should be repaired or upgraded by the municipality or government or Road Agency - via public funds.

      derekneilmaclachlan - 2011-12-14 09:24

      Hi Morne. I live in EL , but come to JHB on a regular basis. Is the bridge the one that we use when going from gold reef city to crown mines??? The little narrow one with almost no railings?? Thanks

      Morné - 2011-12-14 10:03

      That's the one Derek.

      derekneilmaclachlan - 2011-12-14 10:14

      Thanks Morne.

      Zion - 2011-12-14 11:46

      It would be worthwhile to heed what Mzansi says.

      procold2 - 2011-12-14 14:42

      morne i dont think it will be repaired not by the mine anyway,as you said maintenance was kept to a min to avoid traffic and also the robot at the next intersection is a hot spot for smash and grabers maybe less traffic will sort that out for debeers who monitor the corner.

  • Mashudu - 2011-12-14 08:14

    Thanks GOD if now one was hurt

  • msalim002 - 2011-12-14 08:24

    hello ppl that bridge is not a public road it belongs to the mines , the mines should close off that road. last year a 20yr old man was shot and kiiled at those mines for r20k.

  • johan.eksteen - 2011-12-14 08:28

    I wonder how the first person driving up to the bridge after the collapse reacted?

      Zion - 2011-12-14 11:48

      Hi-speed reverse gear: screaming Oh, my f%ck

  • Dudleygbu - 2011-12-14 08:31

    crumbling infrastructure, high food prices, high crime, poverty, unemployment, high taxes, bad governance, govt corruption, xenophobia, drug mules, hitmen, racism, hatred......seems we're almost in a zimbabwean condition. This is sad!

      junkienuvi - 2012-02-16 11:25

      Those words seem harsh but I guess it's true

  • pieterla - 2011-12-14 08:38

    A bridge to far......maybe!

      Kaizer - 2011-12-14 09:32


  • Neil - 2011-12-14 08:56

    Was there troubled water underneath it?

      Ian - 2011-12-14 11:06

      probally troubled johnny blue

  • Mzansi - 2011-12-14 08:58

    It is unfortunate that we have a reactive traffic department (Wayne Minaar). This bridge is old and has recently seen a significant increase in traffic. This situation should have been proactively avoided and remedied before the bridge collapse and the inconvenience associated. Instead traffic officers, hide away there (almost daily) to issue fines -that's all they are good at anyway, can't blame them. Mzansi

  • Kyle - 2011-12-14 09:26

    you know what NEWS24, you freaking useless, why the hell did you remove my post this morning on this article, well you have now lost ANOTHER are the most useless news site on the entire web......and there are over a million news websites, you absolutely SUCK......good bye and good riddance......

      Garth - 2011-12-14 12:00

      Pi$$ed off, much?

  • Mark - 2011-12-14 09:40

    Pre 94 almost never heard or bridges falling down.I wonder why ?

      junkienuvi - 2012-02-16 11:38

      That comment doesn't make you a racist, except that the running political party prior to 94 did a much better job than the existing one. Facts are facts xD

  • Faizel - 2011-12-14 09:48

    Kaizer this bridge was build by the British, and it is on mine property. Now u going to tell me yes, but juliaas people still build it and the british overseen it. and i say yes, that is why it stood for over 100 years, longer than what apartheid lasted, and that was a job all Malans contributed to.

      Kaizer - 2011-12-14 11:09

      So in other words the lazy bastards that currently run this country broke a perfectly built bridge!. Thanks for explaining it to me!

  • Hendrik - 2011-12-14 10:30

    Although details very few in this article, it is a road I have used on occasions. Guess it is a very narrow and VERY old bridge that was there from the days when it was just a little dirt road. been carrying more and more traffic, including heavy vehicles for years now. The entire Crownwood rd. was due for a complete upgrade and widening years ago. Plans just got shelved.

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  • shando.kandaba - 2011-12-14 10:44

    Y there's so much resial comments..........

      Kaizer - 2011-12-14 11:11

      y there so many morons who cant spell out there.....

      Morné - 2011-12-14 11:39


      Garth - 2011-12-14 12:12

      Probably for the best if you do not attempt those kaizer.

  • ludlowdj - 2011-12-14 11:39

    Teutonic plate stretching as the government was told will become a more frequent occurrence

      Garth - 2011-12-14 12:15

      Teutonic plate? The Germans have put plate stretchers under our bridges? What for? Is this another anc scheme to steal money, giving the Germans permission to stretch plates using our bridges?

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