There’s a clip doing the rounds which is a tangible manifestation of the implosion of service delivery in Africa’s wealthiest city. Styled along the lines of the excellent documentary My Octopus Teacher, it shows a resident of Fourways donning flippers and goggles, and diving into a gaping sinkhole left unfixed for ages by a delinquent Joburg roads department.

"Each day, a different burst water pipe sinkhole in Fourways," says the Sinkhole Teacher, as he laments the slow dance with the City of Joburg tractor that never quite arrives...

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