Sandton homes flooded after pipe burst

2013-03-07 07:28

Johannesburg - Ten houses were flooded at the Morningside Estate in Sandton when a water pipe burst on Thursday, Johannesburg emergency said.

"There is a lot of damage. The walls have fallen onto cars. We are busy stabilising the walls and removing the rumble," said spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi.

He said Alphen road had been closed for traffic.

No injuries were reported, he said.

  • Mike Noble - 2013-03-07 07:49

    Hope the owners are well insured, otherwise they could face "liquidation"

      Katie Pettit - 2013-03-07 07:59

      hehehehehehehe, i love reading your comments, they crack me up every time, thanks!

      afrikeni - 2013-03-07 09:00

      Most likely not as most house insurance specifically exclude tree falling on house and damage caused by pipe bursts - they are clever as these two are most likely to happen and so expensive to fix.

  • wendy.barnett.1238 - 2013-03-07 07:50

    "The walls have fell onto cars" Really? Another new SA matric?

      Mc Segal - 2013-03-07 08:23

      And the Rumble?

      Natalie Morley - 2013-03-07 08:51

      I was just looking at that "the walls have fell onto cars" wow what a South Africa we live in now

      Teboho Molaoa - 2013-03-07 12:41

      Natalie Morley, what does this have to do with the South Africa we live in?

      Shoosh - 2013-03-07 20:09

      @Teboho Molaoa you are obviously part of the problem that Natalie is referring to, promoting & accepting mediocrity & incompetence.

  • Brutus Brave - 2013-03-07 07:54

    The nation is in mourning, can we all observe a moment of silence for this devastating tragedy. A disaster relief fund needs to be set up immediately for all these poor flood victims. All ten of them.

      susan.paul.330 - 2013-03-07 08:10

      It is so sad that the people in sandton had to experience what the people in the townships have been experiencing for years...

      Barend Briel - 2013-03-07 08:40

      Rich-people valley. They can afford it...

      Shoosh - 2013-03-07 20:11

      @susan.paul.330 they choose to live where they live.

  • hayley.fredericks.9 - 2013-03-07 07:55

    "the walls have fell onto cars"? The reporter can like to speak English nicely .....

      Sam Hearn - 2013-03-07 08:11

      The reporter quoted the spokesperson. Don't shoot the messenger! ;-)

      Mc Segal - 2013-03-07 08:24

      Very goodly English....

      hayley.fredericks.9 - 2013-03-07 08:24

      Utter rubbish. The reporter should have picked up the pathetic English used by the spokesperson and fixed it before publishing the article.

      JediNitrate - 2013-03-07 08:47

      What the reporter should have done, is put a [sic] at the end of the quote. That way, we know that the reporter isn't the retarded one.

      hayley.fredericks.9 - 2013-03-07 09:16

      @JediNitrate - do you even think the reporter realised the mistakes?

  • Lawrence Mahlaba - 2013-03-07 07:58

    Pipes bust wre i stay everyday bt thy dont report it nw it busted at sandton its headlines. I wish ensurance dnt pay there damages.

      lorraine.polson1 - 2013-03-07 10:02

      Envious much, Lawrence?

      Caryn Talia Sher - 2013-03-07 11:06

      A relative of mine lives in one of the complexes affected. I am told that it is a municipal mains pipe, hence the degree of damage. Why the chip on your shoulder? What difference does it make to you if their insurance pays their claims or not? How very sad it is to be the type of person who gets joy from the misfortune of others.

      Knersis - 2013-03-07 12:13

      Sies Lawrence, no matter where people live, you dont smile upon their misfortune. Sies man. My friend drove passed there just now and it's apparently still a huge mess, shame!

      Shoosh - 2013-03-07 20:14

      @LAWRENCE is that because the pipes are being stolen on a regular basis?, if so then it's no longer newsworthy?

  • Koketso Ramorei - 2013-03-07 08:02

    RUMBLE?????????? really?

      Knersis - 2013-03-07 12:17

      I could not ever imagine that news24 could beat nuus24 (afr) with terrible spelling / language but alas....

      afrikeni - 2013-03-07 12:51

      Unfortunately, spell check will not pick that one as it's an English word - eish!

  • Gerald Beer - 2013-03-07 08:10

    Wow, this is news never to forget. Perhaps we should apply for international assistance.

  • jimboajubejube - 2013-03-07 08:17

    Hahahahaha RUMBLE hahahaha

      Mc Segal - 2013-03-07 08:24

      Deep in the Jungle

  • Sherry Woods - 2013-03-07 08:17

    ... the walls have fell ... removing the rumble ... ??? Who checks your articles for grammar and spelling??? A pre-schooler??? Think they could do better!!!

  • Musawashe Moyo - 2013-03-07 08:21

    Who bombed that pipe?

  • Hemlock - 2013-03-07 08:33

    The walls have "FELL" onto cars ???? You should ask for a refund of your school fees - you obviously never paid attention in English class. EISHHH

  • JediNitrate - 2013-03-07 08:38

    i really hate removing rumble! OMG LOL

  • Wike Mood - 2013-03-07 08:39

    how does one take an article seriously,when written like that?

  • criticallyhonest - 2013-03-07 08:45

    Notice the african way.....comments comparing this flooding with experiences in other places and suggesting that the Sandton residents should be taught a lesson....surly, snide with BIG chips on shoulders is the best way to describe the comments. There is very little information regarding what or who is to blame, but such massive flooding must surely be a municipal mains rather than a private dwelling (an ssumption for sure). But if this is the case the focus needs to be ENTIRELY on the reasons why the pipe broke, and most importantly why the municipality failed to minimise the damage. Could the pipe leak not have been isolated by closing off a section? Then a question, how long did it take to get an emergency response. These questions are equally valid wherever LEGAL services fail!

      Gerhard Carax - 2013-03-07 10:13

      The issue is not with the burst pipe or where it took place, it's about reporting news that's not even worth the coding it's running on. Surely there are more important things for a rookie journo to be focusing on?

  • issa.kabudula - 2013-03-07 08:47

    News24 - must have a news tester, we experience a lot of skewed reorts and mistakes, our kids in school are reading the papers and see all these mistakes every day. Don't rush in posting the article check check and then check - then post.

      criticallyhonest - 2013-03-07 09:02

      If News 24 were even half serious about the quality of their reports they would engage more effectively with mails sent to them. I for one have NEVER had a reply to any of the mails I sent, so I no longer bother.

      Princess Nguni - 2013-03-07 22:03

      Your children should not be reading this biased BS that's reported here. News24's agenda is not to report. It's an organisation that thrives on sensationalism. As consumers we get hooked onto bad things... It's the drama that gets us. Introduce your children to more reliable and constructive news sites.

  • Jonny Lechtman - 2013-03-07 08:51

    who wrote this piece of a mess?

      afrikeni - 2013-03-07 09:09

      It's NEWS24 a staff writer.

  • idris.nomani - 2013-03-07 08:55

    Blame the ANC!!

  • Gary Doyle - 2013-03-07 08:57

    Either news24 writer is drunk or Robert Mulaudzi was if he was quoted exactly like that.

  • Lindy Jeffery - 2013-03-07 08:58

    News24, If you looking for a proof reader, I am available. Your English leaves a lot to be desired.

  • Musawashe Moyo - 2013-03-07 09:01

    One thing these numb-nuts needs to remember is that news24 is not an English class. Am sure all you wetsquibs got the story. A lil mistakes here n there r common. We human beings. Gees!

      Diran - 2013-03-07 09:15

      Does News 24 pay you to defend there common mistakes? If not than why do you care,do waste your time numb-nuts lol

      lorraine.polson1 - 2013-03-07 10:04

      Good grief Musawashe! Your grammar is just as bad!! It's attitudes like yours that has our country in the state its in.

      FLY - 2013-03-07 11:12

      Hey numb-nuts, if you want to be a professional, then do the job right. This is very unprofessional. News24 should be ashamed.

      Yolandè Rwaai - 2013-03-07 13:32

      Oh, the irony! Diran; it's 'THEIR'! Thank me later (;)

      Shoosh - 2013-03-07 20:23

      @MUSAWASHE unlike you most sensible people do not accept mediocrity. "A lil mistakes here n there r common." then that "lil" mistake becomes a sentence, then a paragraph, then the whole damn story becomes unitelligible like your quoted sentence!

  • Linda Horsfield - 2013-03-07 09:11

    The houses must have been built by government tender - I have had many burst pipes over the years and never had a wall collapse...

  • jo.g.cronje - 2013-03-07 09:13

    This journalist needs to go back to school with his/her hideous grammar and writing skills.

  • Diran - 2013-03-07 09:16

    The UN said they will step in to assist and the Gift of the Givers will be onsite shortly LOL

  • riaan.herselman.7 - 2013-03-07 09:24

    Well done News24 , great story !!! Pls report tom on the blocked drain in Cresta .

  • BraSteve Myaluze - 2013-03-07 09:30

    I hope none of the 10 victims is a government minister. With the Michaelangelo Hotel located just around the corner, the minister would then stay there at a hefty price. Then this would be followed by R70 million renovations to the house.

  • Andre Prinsloo - 2013-03-07 09:39

    This is what happens (Totally preventable!!!) is "somebody Adhered to National Building Act of 1977 and S.A.B.S.--SANS 10252:1 Edition 2... Go For it SA Sue the Hell Out of developers and Who ever Signed Plans of not with standing The"Council approval Plans... Glad I could be Of service Grant, Jasmine, Sandra, Leane, Hallifax, Jimm, Angelique, Rothstein, Bagg, Voutsas, Whiehann, Levy, and the rest-City is very Nervous down Under>>Se e "blind Spot" Medical(pathology) and Optical Eng combined with Sonar ...

  • rob.martin.94402343 - 2013-03-07 09:53

    news24 .. a comedy of errors.

  • hayley.fredericks.9 - 2013-03-07 09:54

    Nice one News24 ! I see you have fixed the walls that fell onto the cars but not the rumble !!

      Lynn Hattingh - 2013-03-07 13:49


  • elmarie.viljoen.7 - 2013-03-07 10:03

    I am sure that the goverment will find a way to 'probe' this one too!!!

  • Thuto Shomolekae - 2013-03-07 10:11

    I Blame the DA

      Shoosh - 2013-03-07 20:25

      no it's because of apartheid.

  • Truth.speak - 2013-03-07 13:52

    Just plain lack if regular maintenance. Maintenance is a word that does not feature in the ANC lexicon

  • HJS - 2013-03-07 14:57

    Some photos please?

      Caryn Talia Sher - 2013-03-11 22:46

  • Nizole Middle-Finger Khala - 2013-03-07 17:47

    Its sewerage pipe and it spoiled the whole town!

  • Nizole Middle-Finger Khala - 2013-03-07 21:54

    What is so apecial about these houses when we have thousands of people living on the floods every day and night!

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