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 www.gautrain.co.za.
See also latest posting:
A country seized by FIFA