There have been so many sinkholes collapsing in Centurion lately, 27 to be exact, that it is becoming known as “Sinkhole Alley”
Gauteng Premier David Makhura, Transport MEC Ismail Vadi and Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga visited the R55 in Laudium where the road had collapsed.
Law enforcement had to block off the R55 as part of it had just become one big hole.
Residents in the area are begging for the sinkholes to be fixed as soon as possible as it is creating a lot of traffic and danger in the area. They are also frightened that more will appear.
The suburb, in the City of Tshwane, has had over eight sinkholes of which have not been repaired for over two years now.
Makhura reported that one of the sinkholes that were fixed on a road near the Gautrain Centurion station, cost R46-million to repair.
He stated that it becomes extremely costly to repair these, especially with how many there are at the moment.
“We are the government and when there is a problem like this, we have got to respond regardless of whether this was budgeted for or not.”
“The R55 is a very busy road and if this road was closed, it would cause big problems to our community here. Fortunately, the other side of the road is not affected.”
Vadi outlined that it also takes some time to rectify the damage caused by the sinkholes.
"This will be done by the provincial Department of Roads and Transport. Once we have completed all the technical studies, we'll see what expertise will have to be brought in.”
“We'll have to do filling and compacting before we can restore the road surface.”
Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga said that it is going to cost the municipality over R100-million to fix the current sinkholes.
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