LOOK: Sinkholes have swallowed two major roads in SA this week [photos]

In a week of wild weather and subsequent traffic chaos, two roads in the Western Cape and Gauteng both gave way to the immense pressure. Two separate sinkholes, appearing within a few days of each other, have closed off major routes in each province – raising questions about the quality of South Africa’s road infrastructure.

Sinkholes surface across South Africa…

Sinkhole #1 – Gauteng

The most recent incident has been reported near Soweto, and the disruption is still wreaking havoc on Monday.

  • Where is it? Klipspruit Valley Road southbound between Kumalo & Moroka Nancefield Road in Orlando
  • Two lanes of the road have been closed this week
  • Rea Valley Buses have diverted T1, T2, and T3 buses from the region – which now pass through Orlando East.
  • The collapse of stormwater infrastructure caused the road to cave in.

The damage…

Two lanes have been closed, as bus services divert from stops on this road – Photo: JMPD
Its proximity to a riverbed has caused some concern in the past – Photo: JMPD

Sinkhole #2 – Western Cape

Meanwhile, residents in the central districts of the Western Cape face a long wait before they are fully connected again.

  • Where is it? R362 from Robertson to Bonnievale
  • Relentless rainfall during the Cape Storm completely obliterated this significant stretch of road.
  • The route connects Robertson, Bonnievale and Swellendam in the Western Cape.
  • Two people have died in Bonnievale due to the adverse weather conditions.

The damage…

The occupants of this vehicle were lucky to escape unharmed: Photo: Twitter
Sinkholes roads south africa
Another crumbled road in Mzansi… – Photo: NARI / Facebook


Presh JM Reporter

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