Another sinkhole threat in Centurion

Ina Strijdom warns speedsters to take caution around possible sinkhole.

Another sinkhole is threatening to develop in Centurion leaving ward councillor Ina Strijdom worried that someone might get hurt.

Strijdom said it appeared Stephanus Schoeman Road was subsiding between Valhalla, Erasmia and Thaba Tshwane, across the R55 near the old dumping site.

She said this development may lead to the closing off of one lane as the caving in appeared to be growing further and encroaching onto the sidewalk.

“Indications now are that this subsidence is expanding towards the sidewalk and might form into a sinkhole if left unattended,” said Strijdom.

She said as a temporary emergency measure, the road and sidewalk needed to be “lifted” with minor excavation, backfill and shaped to prevent any ponding of water.

“The one lane should be considered for closure as a safety interim measure.”

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Stephanus Schoeman Road is a national route and does not belong to the metro, but the council was in contact with the relevant parties and solutions on rehabilitation and maintenance would soon be tabled.

Strijdom urged road users to respect the possibility that there might be a sinkhole and to slow down.

“The road is subsiding a whole lot and we need people to be cautious.”

Centurion has been beset by sinkholes in recent years, causing the metro millions of rands in repairs.


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