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Burst water pipe causes havoc in CBD


A rupture to the main water line in Jorissen Street yesterday afternoon disrupted peak traffic in the CBD for more than an hour while a number of businesses were flooded. Water supply to businesses in the area was also disrupted and not yet restored at time of publication.
Thousands of litres of water went to waste before the water supply was turned off by the municipality and the surplus water in the pipes was allowed to be drained. “I fail to understand why it took the municipality nearly two hours to cut off the supply,” a shop owner who wishes to remain anonymous said.
Branch Guide of Old Mutual in Jorissen Street, Freddy Matsaung, earlier this morning told Polokwane Observer that there had been a loud bang that sounded like an explosion and that stones and debris were propelled into the air before the water from the pipe gushed metres into the air and into the business’ forecourt.
An official of the municipality this morning explained on site that there are currently two contractors working on the roads at that specific point and that it is not at this stage possible to say whether the pipe burst spontaneously or whether it has been damaged by either of the contractors. The official wished to remain anonymous.

Story and photos: BARRY VILJOEN

Water from a burst water pipe in Jorissen Street disrupts traffic at peak time yesterday afternoon.

Municipal workers excavate the burst water pipe in Jorissen Street.

Lebogang Matabane and Jobrina Mabotja of a business in Jorissen Street, mop up water after the business was flooded on Wednesday afternoon.

Branch Guide of Old Mutual, Freddy Matsaung looks at the damage that was caused by the burst water pipe that flooded the business’ fore court.