I kid you not folks; it is now suggested that backwashing your pool has exacerbated the pothole problem. You see, as I see it, some pitch black has decided that pools are a legacy of Apartheid; that pool ownership is not demographically representative and therefore fair game. In other words, lily whitey is to blame for the potholes.
What the pitch blacks don't realise is that the only way most of us get to enjoy our pools, is as per the picture; Barbie for effect and surrounded by electic fencing. The days of open living are over, and for the most part, pools are just a drain on the budget anyway. There is quite a bit in this article to show the full power of the 67 IQ at work.
Besides when last did you travel down a road, and the amount of flowing water was so excessive, due to pools being backwashed, that it was like a proverbial flood? Never? Exactly.
According to the Johannesburg Road Agency (JRA) on Monday backwashing of swimming pools is one of the causes of potholes on our suburban roads. If this is added to vandalism and "ageing infrastructure" amid the challenge of "diminishing budgets" then you have the problems faced by the JRA as a whole.
"These actions impact negatively on our plans, since we then have to divert budgets meant for new services into addressing the challenges caused by vandalism and theft," it said in a statement.
It also confirmed that it would be launching a project called Letsema to help it tackle deteriorating roads.
In addition it would be prosecuting people who had dug up roads in Soweto and asked the public to help by refraining from causing damage with swimming pools and litter, and to report those who abused infrastructure.
"JRA will not tolerate any criminal act on our assets as these undermine the safety of the road users. We appeal to communities to support us in the fight against criminal activities on our assets, by reporting all such acts."
They said that manholes are being used as storage space by homeless people and hawkers during the day, leading to manholes being left open and becoming a danger to the general public.
Dumping of building rubble and household waste in the storm water drains and on the river banks leads to clogging of the drainage system, resulting in flooding during heavy storms
Theft was also a problem with cables, manhole covers and even the globes of traffic lights being stolen. Another problem was the digging up of roads to create speed bumps in areas where communities felt drivers were going too fast.
Source: Richmark Sentinel