UPDATE: Work on Centurion sinkhole set to begin in January

The sinkhole in Jean Avenue and Gerhard Street will not be repaired anytime soon. This is the latest word from the Tshwane metro.

Contrary to recent statements by various MMCs that work on the sinkhole would begin in November, a contractor had yet to be awarded to do so.

“This will only happen in December, while construction work itself is expected to begin in January 2018,” executive director for strategic communication at the metro Selby Bokaba told Rekord on Wednesday morning.

Earlier reports indicated it would take up to nine months to repair the sinkhole at an estimated R25 million.

This is bad news for local business owners who have complained of a drop in income as motorists and customers took alternative routes to avoid the area.

ALSO READ: UPDATE: Businesses near Centurion sinkhole take metro to court

The nearby News Café will be closing its doors on Thursday, 30 November.

Phillip Louwrens, the owner of the Zenex petrol station on the corner of Jean Avenue and Gerhard Street, described the issue as a “catastrophe”.

The petrol station experienced a 50 percent drop in business since the sinkhole developed in May.

“The Tshwane metro lied to the local businesses and residents in the area by releasing official press statements. Now they’ve been caught out and they are trying to cover it up,” Louwrens said.

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