VIDEO: Centurion sinkhole victim may be back

Shattered. Garry Canaris staring into the sinkhole that cost him his business.

A trendy Centurion hangout place in Centurion closed its doors last week – but the good news is that it may not be for good.

“There is a 50-50 chance that we may reopen next year,” Garry Canaris told Rekord. “We can’t say for sure.”

Canaris is the owner of the News Café at the At East Centre in Gerhardt Street, which shut down on Thursday, 30 November.

Canaris’ business was the first victim of the large sinkhole that made its appearance on the corner of Jean Avenue and Gerhard Street earlier this year.

Not only did the large sinkhole – one of 23 in the Centurion area – inconvenienced local motorists who had to find alternative routes, but it also negatively affected business in the area.

Phillip Louwrens, the owner of the Zenex petrol station on the corner of the two streets, described the issue as a “catastrophe”.

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



Canaris said he had spent R120 000 from his own pocket thus far to keep the business running.

Last week, nearby businesses and residents learnt that the sinkhole would not be repaired soon.

A contractor will only be appointed in December, while construction work itself is expected to begin in January 2018 according to the latest statements by the Tshwane metro.

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


Read the full article in this week’s Rekord Centurion.


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