Motorists cautioned as Swartklip Road shoulder collapses

Motorists have been cautioned to not use Swartklip Road, between Spine Road and Baden Powell Drive, as City of Cape Town officials fix the road shoulder which collapsed last week.

Part of the shoulder of Swartklip Road between Spine Road and Baden Powell Drive, has collapsed.

The collapse was caused by a faulty sewer line.

City’s spokesperson Luthando Tyhalibongo said the road carriageway, meaning the surfaced area where vehicles drive, was currently not affected.

“It is only the road shoulder, the section next to the road, which has been backfilled,” he said.

The local roads depot team backfilled the section, and placed some sandbags as a temporary safety measure to prevent the road shoulder from further erosion.

Last week some of these were washed away overnight due to the ongoing rain, and the teams went back Thursday July 1 morning to reinstate the temporary works until such time as the weather allows for permanent work to be undertaken.

The sustainability of the temporary work is subject to the faulty sewer pump station being repaired.

Mr Tyhalibongo said it was impossible to do permanent repairs until the problem at the pump station was resolved as the shoulder would be washed away again.

“The depot will monitor and action temporary works as and when required,” he said.