In the recent Community Based Planning (CBP) session hosted by the City of Johannesburg (CoJ). Insufficient storm water infrastructure was identified as one of the service delivery challenges the City is facing and should look into.

When there’s heavy rains, Kaalfontein, Ebony Park and Ivory Park roads usually flood causing traffic and damage to vehicles.

This is caused by the poor drainage system in the areas along with littering of broken glasses, strewn paper and plastic which block the storm water drains across the City.

The CoJ municipality is currently tackling flooding and illegal dumping, which endanger the integrity of the road infrastructure.

The Executive Mayor, Cllr Geoff Makhubo urges residents to stop littering, as this is wrecking stormwater drainage systems.

We’d like to encourage residents not to litter as most of these drainage systems are blocked by litter,” says Cllr Makhubo.

The Mayor notes that protecting the City’s roads and stormwater infrastructure is everyone’s responsibility.

“Due to the large volume of rain we’ve had in the City, we’ve received complaints of blocked stormwater drains. We’ve sent our Environment and Infrastructure Service department to clear the drains to reduce flood risk on the road,” he explains.

Several blocked stormwater drains have already been unclogged in suburbs such as Rabie Ridge and Ivory Park in Midrand. The work will hopefully spread to other areas.

“We’d like to assure our residents that the City is working around the clock to repair blockages on our stormwater drains,” Cllr Makhubo emphasises.

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