Thursday, January 29, 2009

Road work chaos – South Africa

In preparation for the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup, road works and construction in all major cities of South Africa are taking place at a furious tempo, causing major disruptions for motorists who have to exercise a double dose of patience. Heavy rains and heavy construction vehicles are also the cause of countless potholes on South African roads. It is advisable to travel far below the specified speed limit if you want to save your vehicles tyres, suspension, and your own life. Construction vehicles further add to the chaos when vehicles are driven without any regard for the rules of the road, -- not to mention the hordes of workers who, in suicidal fashion, just walk across the road without looking or thinking. A recent report in the Rekord-East, a Pretoria community newspaper, about a runaway 30-ton steamroller, is but one example of the chaos people are experiencing on a daily basis. According to the newspaper the steamroller crashed into the front wall of a residential property, knocking down the electricity box and power to the home. The driver abandoned his vehicle and disappeared without any explanation.

For now, I suppose we just have to tolerate all this chaos and look at the long term benefits --- i.e. if we are still alive by then! Keeping up with the cost of maintenance once all this work is complete is another debatable issue, which I hope to discuss in the future. In the mean time please feel free to leave your comments on this issue. It's the small link below this post called "comments". (Please -- I'm on my knees typing this!)

BTW – The Gautrain project is doing an excellent job of warning motorists about road closures and deviations. RSS feeds can be found on their website at

See also latest posting:
A country seized by FIFA


People of South Africa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

In Cape Town, road works are progressing well with minimal interruptions at two of the major road projects.

Even if there are interruptions, this is a result of works that will improve congested areas for years to come.

There is a bigger picture, and you seem to be missing it completely. Myopia is a serious disease.

Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Dear People of South Africa,

Thank you for visiting my blog, and to be the first to comment on this post.

I’m well aware of the long-term benefits of upgrading our roads, and I’m pleased to hear that everything is progressing so well in Cape Town.

I gather from your nasty little comment in your last sentence that you are pretty arrogant for your age. Your insinuation that I am short-sighted reminds me of a little joke I received via email this week. It goes like this:

A self-important college freshman walking along the beach took it upon himself to explain to a senior citizen resting on the steps why it was impossible for the older generation to understand his generation. “You grew up in a different world, actually an almost primitive one” THE STUDENT SAID LOUD ENOUGH FOR OTHERS TO HEAR. “The young people of today grew up with television, jet planes, space travel, and man walking on the moon. We have nuclear energy, ships and cell phones, computers with light speed…and many more.”

After a brief silence, the senior citizen responded as follows:

“You’re right son. We didn’t have those things when we were young…so we invented them. Now, you arrogant little sh*t what are you doing for the next generation?”

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