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Motorists are advised that Lilian Ngoyi (Bree) Street in the Johannesburg CBD is closed off to traffic between Pixely Ka Seme (Sauer) and Von Weilligh Street, and also expect closures on all the streets crossing Lilian Ngoyi Street between Rahima Moosa and Plein Street, and these include Simmonds Street, Harrison Street, Loveday Street, Rissik Street, Joubert Street, Eloff Street and Von Brandis Street.

This is following the explosion incident which occurred on Wednesday afternoon, 19 July 2023, and has left Lilian Ngoyi Street inaccessible to vehicular traffic.

​Law enforcement officials from the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) and the South African Police Service (SAPS) have been deployed to cordon off the scene to ensure the safety of all and to divert traffic on the affected routes.

A contraflow traffic management system will in be in place on Rahima Moosa Street between 06h00 and 14h00 where vehicles coming from Pixley Ka Seme Street will turn right onto Rahima Moosa Street and proceed East towards Von Weilligh Street for vehicles going to the MTN Taxi Rank.

From 14h00 the conversion of the traffic will flow from East to West on Rahima Moosa Street to allow vehicles from the MTN Rank to exit the CBD.

The road closures will remain in place while specialists assess the extent of the damage and for the rehabilitation of the roadway.

Motorists are urged to be patient and to acquaint themselves with the traffic management plan for the duration of the road closures and to use Rahima Moosa Street, Plein Street, Pritchard Street, Helen Joseph Street, Albertina Sisulu Road and Commissioner Street as alternative routes.

Issued by the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department Communications Unit


Xolani Fihla
Spokesperson: Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department
082 467 9490

​Alternative routes:

  • From eastbound travel along Lilian Ngoyi turn right into Simmonds and then left into either Pritchard st or Helen Joseph str.
  • From northbound along Simmonds str, continue straight and turn left into either Pritchard or Helen Joseph str
  • From northbound along Harrison str, turn left into Plein str, alternatively proceed straight and turn left at either Pritchard or Helen Joseph str.
  • From the south travelling in Rissik str, turn right at either Pritchard or Helen Joseph str.