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.
#Eldosfmnews: A section of Klipspruit Valley Road has been temporarily closed off, following a stormwater infrastructure collapse. Two lanes have been affected, while planned repairs are said to be underway. Motorists are urged to drive with caution. pic.twitter.com/e4DHTdBE9K
— Eldosfm (@Eldosfm_876) May 5, 2021
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.
Bonnievale roads washed away. pic.twitter.com/DOmE2FGtAC
— Ez Booth (@BoothMeila) May 6, 2021