JRA: Potholes and bridges to cost millions

The Johannesburg Roads Agency says it will take a month to repair the city's new potholes.

Some of Johannesburg's roads have collapsed or become completely impassable. Picture: iWitness.

JOHANNESBURG - The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) says it will take at least a month to repair all of the city's new potholes caused by heavy rain.

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At least 10 bridges in Johannesburg have either collapsed or been severely damaged because of persistent downpour.

An EWN video of a sinkhole in Sandton.

The JRA's Bertha Peters-Scheepers says it will cost millions to fix the problems.

"This is based on the damage that has been done. Some bridges and roads aren't that damaged but the badly damaged bridges will take months to fix."

The association says they will start with permanent repair work on Monday.

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Peters-Scheepers adds the busy roads will be prioritised.

"As soon as the weather is conducive potholes will be repaired and some are being patched."

The association says the last time the city's roads were in such a state of disrepair due to relentless rain was 12 years ago.


North West provincial government officials say they are conducting a comprehensive impact assessment report to assess damage caused by two weeks of heavy rain.

At least four people have drowned and some 600 others have been temporarily displaced by floods.

The premier's spokesperson Lesiba Kgwele said, "She expressed her gratitude to the disaster management team and municipalities for going the extra mile to ensure relief efforts reach those affected by the floods."

Meanwhile, the search for three children swept away by floods in Mamelodi East was again hampered with police saying river currents are too strong for divers.

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The boys, aged between nine and 10, were swept away by flood water just outside Pretoria on Monday while playing in a stormwater tunnel.

It's understood four boys were playing near the drain when it started raining heavily.

Emergency services officials, police and community members have spent the past few days searching for the trio.