Sinkhole problems

Felicity Purchase, mayoral committee member for Transport

The story “Sinkhole in Strandfontein,” (Plainsman, November 27) refers.

The sinkhole in Marlin Street, between Dennegeur Avenue and Trout Way, Strandfontein, was first reported on Thursday November 21.

The sinkhole was caused by a broken sewer pipe.

The trailer of a truck was stuck at about 9pm that night.

However, we are not sure for how long.

The road has been re-instated.

The occurrence of sinkholes is common in urban areas as services infrastructure, such as water and sewer mains are generally located under our roads for easy access to do repairs and upgrades.

When a water main bursts, or a sewer collapses, the old pipes give way, and a sinkhole will form.

The City’s transport and water and sanitation directorates are working together to address the situation.

We encourage residents to report potholes to the transport information centre at 080 065 6463.

This is a 24/7 information centre and is toll-free from a landline or a cellphone.