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Ferndale's illegal fences get destroyed

1 August 2003
Ferndale's illegal fences get destroyed
Citizen photo: Annalien van Wyk

Johannesburg Road Agency workers remove palisades blocking a street in Ferndale.

Armed with angle grinders and cutting torches council workers tore down and demolished several illegal boom gates in Ferndale as residents stared in disbelief.

This came a week after the deadline passed for residents to get approval for the booms or have them removed. Out of 1 100 booms in Ferndale, authorities only received 300 applications. Some residents said they believed they would be granted an extension period to apply for the gates, some of them erected in 1999.

Liam Clark, operations manager to Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA), said eight to 10 illegal booms were removed in Ferndale, two electric gates in Honeydew, an electric gate and fencing in Bromhof and a boom gate and fence in Sonneglans. He added several more areas were to follow.

While some have supported the operation, the bulk of residents living behind the fencing are more than disappointed with the decision taken by JRA to remove them.

Details: JRA at 011-298-5000

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Copyright © 2003, Rodney Jones, rtjones@amethyst.co.za, Randburg, South Africa (Last updated on 7 August 2003)