Boeing leaves late before heading into Joburg traffic

27 February 2018 - 10:45 By Nico Gous
Crew members inspect the Boeing 737 ahead of its transport to Fourways, Johannesburg on February 26 2018.
Crew members inspect the Boeing 737 ahead of its transport to Fourways, Johannesburg on February 26 2018.
Image: Alaister Russell/The Sunday Times

The Boeing 737-200 that was expected to cause peak-time traffic chaos in Johannesburg on Tuesday was delayed‚ but is still expected to disrupt motorists.

The plane was expected to leave from Jet Park in the east of the city at 5am and arrive at Fourways Mall at 5pm‚ affecting Jet Park‚ Isando‚ Chloorkop‚ Midrand‚ Dainfern and Fourways. But it only started on its journey after 7:30am.

Here is a map of the route:

KidZania Johannesburg finance executive Lerato Hlohlongoane said they waited for the necessary permits before they could move the plane.

The wings‚ tail and stabiliser on the roof of the airplane were removed and transported on a separate flatbed truck.

It was a struggle at times to manoeuvre the flatbed truck.

Hlohlongoane said: “We just tried to take one corner now and that took about 15 minutes.”

The decommissioned plane will be used as part of the launch of KidZania Johannesburg‚ which is set to be launched at Fourways Mall in the fourth quarter of this year. The mall is currently building a higher roof to house the plane. They will demolish the lower roof and a wall to allow the plane inside.

KidZania is a Mexican chain of indoor entertainment that comprises mini cities built inside malls. They describe it on their website as an interactive city with streets‚ buildings‚ an economy and transport system for children which “blends learning and reality with entertainment”.

Some members of public were upset on Monday when it was announced that the plane would be moved in peak traffic.

Ennie Tembie Tshabalala said: “Why today when I am so busy? Can’t they take it to Limpopo or Nkandla and delay Zuma! I refuse to be delayed today.”

Why today when I am so busy?Can't they take it to Limpopo or Nkandla and delay Zuma!I refuse to be delayed today.

Posted by Ennie Tembie Tshabalala on Monday, 26 February 2018

Nelson Molapisane said: “My worry is why they want to transport it during busy times? This should be done at night when there will be no traffic.”

Traffic will be delayed tommorow due to Boeing 737 that will be transported to fourwys Mall. My worry is why they want...

Posted by Nelson Molapisane on Monday, 26 February 2018
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