Flood ponds a puzzle

WALMER CONSTRUCTION: The flood-water retension dams being built in Walmer near Walmer Township. Picture: MIKE HOLMES
WALMER CONSTRUCTION: The flood-water retension dams being built in Walmer near Walmer Township. Picture: MIKE HOLMES

AT a time of diminishing annual rainfall, and dire warnings of drought and impending famine with soaring food prices in our Southern African region, (although, fortunately, the dams supplying Port Elizabeth are overflowing at present), motorists navigating the Buffelsfontein Road chicanes near Walmer Township must be puzzled as to the rationale behind the massive and seemingly endless flood-water control and dam construction going on there.

I lived in Mount Pleasant for some 20 years, using Buffelsfontein Road almost daily. My son-in-law, Gary Packer, has likewise been going to the Walmer Country Club, where he is the golf pro, for longer than that and neither of us can ever recall encountering more than some slight road damage caused by flood water in that area.

It is the sort of thing that raising the level of the roadway and putting in a culvert or two would economically fix, rather than the massive earthmoving and dam-constructing exercise the municipality is now engaged in, at a cost of millions of rands of ratepayers’ money. Are we to expect that the new mayor the ANC has inflicted on us, to offset his failure to supply the promised weekly rubbish collection, will strike the rock with his mighty staff and create a new Walmer River to fill the dams and allow his pals to construct the Walmer Waterfront around them? Much to their profit, of course. But seriously, what are these people doing with the dam construction and is there any real need for it? Dare we hope for a reasoned and costed reply from whoever is in charge of this seeming fiasco?

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