- City of Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga says budget constraints are delaying repairs to sinkholes in Laudium
- Msimanga revealed that the costs of repairing a sinkhole ranged from R30 million to R45 million each
- Laudium is the hardest hit area with 8 sinkholes affecting the area
The City of Tshwane faces a huge uphill battle to repair some of the sinkholes which have appeared throughout the city and in particular in the Laudium area.
City Mayor Solly Msimanga said the city was in the process of repairing three sinkholes in Laudium, but he said budget constraints were delaying these repairs.
A large sinkhole on the R55 road in Laudium forced city officials to close the road while they conduct emergency repairs. Msimanga said Laudium was the hardest hit part of the city and currently had eight sinkholes.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the repair bill for one sinkhole in the area came in at R45 million, while engineers estimate other sinkholes would cost in the region of R30 million to R45 million each to repair.
Msimanga said the city had budgeted for the repair of three sinkholes in the current financial year and would budget for an additional three in the new financial year.
The mayor said engineers were attempting to clear the void underneath sinkholes and fill them permanently, this he said was an expensive process, but the only permanent solution.
“They are costing quite a lot of money. One is costing the city close to R45 million. The one in Laudium, there's one that will cost us R30 million just to fix. So these are very huge costs for the city,” Msimanga said.
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