Hole in road to Cathedral Peak a hazard to travellers

2014-09-23 00:00

THE poor condition of the road to the Cathedral Peak Hotel is putting the lives of international and local travellers in danger.

A section of the road has collapsed, leaving a huge hole that could swallow a car.

A concerned resident took pictures showing the gaping hole on the side of the road that is expanding into the road. Pictures show only one rickety warning sign supported by a rock.

“You know those pictures of potholes showing a giraffe that is only visible from the neck up, in this hole, the giraffe would not even show at all,” said the resident.

He said it was a matter of time before the hole claimed the lives of motorists using the road, which was especially dangerous at night.

“The hole is the width and the length of a car. If someone was to fall in there, they will die.”

The source said the hole was a collapsed culvert that is slowly expanding into the road.

He said he has tried to deal with Transport Department officials several times to get them to attend to the matter, but to no avail.

“I have written them several e-mails about the road and yet I have not received a single response. This hole is big, bigger than a man standing with his arms outstretched.”

The road has been in the news before, following a court case launched because of its poor condition. There was an attempt to force the KwaZulu-Natal Transport Department to fix what was termed in court papers as a “dangerous pothole” problem, as well as to replace and repair road signs leading to the hotel.

The road is used by international and local visitors to Cathedral Peak and to EKZNW’s Didima Resort, as well as the local community.

Several attempts to get comment from the Department of Transport were unsuccessful. Spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane said he was looking for information on the road, but had not responded at the time of going to press.

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