The Bird's Eye View of South African Roads

2013-11-27 13:14

It seems our government in its roads maintenance, construction and administration is only focusing on making tar roads and maintaining those tar roads that are worn-out. This is especially so, in all townships. Tarring roads and maintaining them should be the concern no doubt. But the work should not end there. Road construction, maintenance as well as administration should be comprehensive enough covering social aesthetics, character and ecological integrity. There must be consideration to trees, flowers in a healthy human geographical environment. Nature has given us trees as the greatest cleanser and purifier of the air we breathe.

It takes in the Carbon dioxides that human activity produces in our endeavour to civilize and progress, uses it to produce food and fruits that may well feed us, and does us the great favour of giving us back pure oxygen, that ventilates our lungs and keeps our environment fresh. I wonder why our government seem to be ignorant of this simple fact when constructing and maintaining roads in the townships where there are no trees or any human aesthetics.

The world today is talking about environmental friendly transportation. Bicycles are not part of road construction in most government plans. Also we should be concerned about improving the lives of the disabled in our midst. The present government have never integrated fully the disabled in its infrastructure planning. I am yet to see a toilet or public building that has special carriage ways for wheelchairs throughout most parts of the country.

I think it speaks volumes that as we are celebrating 20 years of freedom we have nothing to show, that is really comprehensively democratic. Especially that we have an African government by Africans that historically have taken pride in humanity and community principles.

Then we have minibus taxi drivers with driving skills that seems to have been taken from antiquity bestiality. These guys see it their right to stampede other road users.

And because we have so many young people frustrated by the life of poverty, unemployment and hopelessness, many operating as freelance robbers on the roads that can degrade your humanity by hijacking you or even deprive you of your life.

The ultimate of the road is the pothole in the South African roads, in particular here in townships and small towns or neglected areas. These potholes will get your car turning upside down in a moment's notice. During the rainy season, the sizes of some of these potholes would get South Africa the nod to host the swimming even of the Olympic games.

What can I further say?

Our traffic police are the worst culprits; they are law unto themselves. They jump road embankments and speed down the opposite lanes with sirens blasting our ears.

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