Saturday, August 15, 2009

Traffic chaos in CBD and no cops in sight

Black Coffee sent us this article and proffers the question whether the chaos that erupted isn't the result of incompetence. BC, the answer is a firm hell yeah, and it's also the level of incompetence and arrogance of the police and authorities. This incompetence is a daily occurrence, mind-numbing stuff you can only imagine. As a visitor you'd find it kinda quaint but as a local who has to endure this daily, it's a never-ending nightmare. In fact, when one does not incur 'incompetence', it's a day to be noted.

And no, the people are not over-reacting, they are just so frustrated like you say. Add to that the possibility of unlawful arrests for outstanding fines, a culture of bribes by metro police, a crumbling infrastructure and you have a city gripped by chaos. The perfect storm really. What happened on Friday is typical. No planning, no contingencies, no one to say, hey, it's not working, let's call it a miss and try another day. I'll bet a meeting to discuss the matter wasn't even held prior to testing the BRT. Nope, by 5pm Sipho and his AA mates are already in the pub. And what a day to pick for testing the system, a Friday. Don't they know blacks stop working after midday on Fridays?

No, we lack the people able to run a city of that magnitude properly mainly due to affirmative action appointees. This was not the case 15 years ago and I should know, I've lived in Joburg all my life. It was once an outstanding first class, first world city. You might want to revisit that classic post we did involving one man's commute out of Joburg at peak hour called Completely lawless chaotic hell of Joburg traffic…? Imagine chaos like that all the time and then imagine how long it is before you want to blow your brains out.

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Parts of the Johannesburg CBD were gridlocked during peak-hour traffic on Friday as the first day's testing of the dedicated Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system lanes took place.


Much of the congestion happened on the main arterials of Commissioner, Market, Bree, Von Wielligh and Sauer streets between 4pm and 5pm.

Motorists who usually drove through the middle lanes to avoid taxis found themselves driving straight into the chaos.

Intersections were crisscrossed by minibus taxis disregarding traffic lights and, in some streets, taxi drivers began pushing aside barricades placed to block off access to the BRT lanes.

At the corner of Rissik and Market streets, a frustrated taxi driver who claimed to have sat in the traffic snarl-up for almost an hour drove into the oncoming traffic to take a turn to another street.


"I cannot take this anymore," he said pleading with stunned motorists to let him through. "We are going to block off this BRT thing when it starts operating."

A motorist, John Ndlovu, blamed the authorities for the chaos. "Why are they rushing to close off these lanes before the buses start running?" he asked angrily.

"This is total incompetence by the people we expect to manage our cities. What is the point of closing off the lanes now, because even if I wanted to leave my car at home to take their bus, it is not yet in operation?"

Another motorist said Friday's gridlock was one of the worst he had experienced in a long time. "At least someone should have dispatched metro police to direct and monitor this situation, given that it is the first day of closing these lanes," she said.

"This is chaotic. I wonder what will happen when we have visitors here in 2010."

Johannesburg metro police spokesperson Edna Mamonyane said officers were withdrawn in the morning from patrolling the streets after BRT contractors requested time to finish their work on some of the stations.

"We were supposed to have closed everything completely today," she said. [then kill the test fool!!!]

"But there were still a few touch-ups that had to be done in some parts of the CBD."

Mamonyane however insisted that the barricades were left on the middle lanes to sensitise motorists about the need to avoid the dedicated lanes. [...!!!!...]

"We will start the enforcement, which will include issuing fines of up to R500 to motorists who use these BRT lanes, once the buses start running," she warned. - IOL

1 Opinion(s):

Exzanian said...

You don't have to watch any horror movies. Try a nightmare on Sauer street. Anytime, 24/7 - Trust me.