n Journal of the South African Institution of Civil Engineers - The historical context of urban hydrology in Johannesburg - Part II : case study of the Braamfontein Spruit : technical paper

Volume 37, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1021-2019



This paper examines the hydrological history of Braamfontein Spruit, Johannesburg, drawing on information derived from the annual reports of the town engineer (1901 to 1932) and city engineer (1933 to 1990), along with other archival sources and field mapping. Issues addressed include early development in the Braamfontein Spruit catchment, initial erosion problems along Braamfontein Spruit, stormwater drainage works and recent incidents of flooding and erosion along this river. The location of public utilities and development of residential stands near to the river have given rise to serious problems. Recent measures to counteract these problems are outlined.

Hierdie verhandeling ondersoek die hidrologiese geskiedenis van die Braamfonteinspruit in Johannesburg deur die gebruik van inligting uit die jaarverslae van die Stadsingenieur (1901 tot 1990), asook ander argiefmateriaal en werklike kartering. Besonderhede wat bespreek word, sluit in vroee stedelike ontwikkeling in die opvanggebiedvam die Braamfonteinspruit, die begin van erosieprobleme langs hierdie spruit, stormwaterdreineringswerke en onlangse voorvalle van oorstroming en erosie langs die spruit. Die plasing van openbare geriewe en die ontwikkeling van residensiele erwe naby die spruit het tot die huidige ernstige probleme gelei. Stappe wat onlangs geneem is om hierdie probleme te bekamp, word ook beskryf.

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