Mayor Phalatse inspects Joburg floods damage



The Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, Mpho Phalatse, on Wednesday visited sites in the city where infrastructure and roads have been damaged during the recent Joburg floods.

The inspection kicked off in Roodepoort, where she met with MMCs Belinda Kayser-Echeozonjoku, and Ronald Harris at the Civic Centre.

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Photo: Mayor Mpho Phalatse

From the Disaster Management team, Aaron Raletsane provided a presentation of the overview of the affected areas in Region C.

Raletsane also shared a presentation with regard to the updates and flood repairs which had already taken place.

Mayoral site visit

The team’s first site visit was at Princess plots in Region C where food parcels were handed out to residents.

Phalatse also visited Lindhaven to access the damages to a nearby informal settlement on a wetland where several dwellings were damaged.

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Photo: Mayor Mpho Phalatse

The team then inspected a collapsed stormwater channel near Wilgerood Road in Kloofendal, as well as a collapsed section of road and a damaged bridge near Kilburn Road in Roodepoort CBD.

Lack of maintenance

Additional stormwater channel maintenance projects are planned, with Phalatse saying the Kloofendal channel collapsed due to a lack of proper maintenance.

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She said it was sad “that it had to take a flooding incident for us to get to a point” where the City could prioritise maintenance.

Other affected areas visited by the mayor include a collapsed dam wall on Albertina Sisulu road, as well as a collapsed pedestrian bridge near 36th Street in Region C.

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Photo: Mayor Mpho Phalatse

Both the bridge and the road, however, could not be accessed on Wednesday, due to the damage.

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‘We will not rest’

Phalatse said her team will not rest “until the work gets done”.

Meanwhile, the City of Joburg confirmed the Kloofendal road (which collapsed due to heavy rain) had been repaired.


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