Sinkhole fixed

2017-08-16 06:00
A taxi driver negotiates his way with difficulty past a water-filled sinkhole in the middle of Power Street in Bloemfontein, which the Mangaung Metro Municipality only fixed on Monday (14/08), months after it had been reported. Photo: Teboho Setena

A taxi driver negotiates his way with difficulty past a water-filled sinkhole in the middle of Power Street in Bloemfontein, which the Mangaung Metro Municipality only fixed on Monday (14/08), months after it had been reported. Photo: Teboho Setena

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Businesses and motorists in Bloemfontein’s inner city shopping complex in Power Street will be able to breathe easier after the Mangaung Metro Municipality fixed a giant sinkhole.

The sinkhole, which seemed to swallow some motorists’ vehicles and was deep enough for animals to drink from, was finally fixed on Monday (14/08) after it had been reported on several occasions.

For months the city council dismally failed to attend to the more than 5 m wide and 10 cm deep sinkhole which was a nightmare to motorists and businesses in Power Street.

The sinkhole was due to a leak in a pipe for drinking water. It began as a pothole with the delay by the city council to promptly attend to the leak. It later developed into a water-filled sinkhole. It was further aggravated due to heavy traffic flow and caused traffic jams.

Business owners in Power Street showed Express reference numbers they got each times they reported the leakage to Mangaung Metro officials.

The street in question is one of the busiest in the city due to a taxi rank that is utilised by local and long distance taxis to ferry thousands of commuters.

One of the business owners expressed dismay about the Mangaung Metro’s inability to fix the pipe, saying that it was in contrast to the call on the public to save water.

Clean water from the burst pipe streamed down the street into a storm drain on the corner of Bastion and Power Street.

Unfortunately the storm drain was blocked, causing more chaos.

Express’ efforts to get a response from the Mangaung Metro regarding the cause of the delay were futile.

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