Dangerous ‘hole’ in Wyebank Road raises concerns

2016-10-11 06:00
 Photo: nosipho mkhize  A motorist points to the hole in Wyebank Road.

Photo: nosipho mkhize A motorist points to the hole in Wyebank Road.

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MOTORISTS are driving slowly in fear after a construction company left a huge hole uncovered on the side of a Wyebank Road.
A Wyebank resident, who wishes to remain anonymous, said the hole is next to her house and is concerned about when it will be repaired.

“Initially the hole was dug to repair a water leak. With the recent heavy rains a tree fell over and collapsed onto the verge leaving my neighbours without electricity for at least six days. The road was barricaded and traffic diverted.”

“Concrete barricades were placed around the huge hole, but a Mercedes-Benz crashed into the barricades. Both lanes cannot be used so vehicles are now driving on the pavement.
“The concrete barricades are now being used to stop vehicles going into the below-road level houses and yellow plastic barricades are now surrounding the sinkhole.
“To make matters worse the fence around the hole was stolen on Sunday 9 October. I have reported the hole matter to eThekwini Municipality and no one has come back to me.
“I will also contact the construction company responsible for this. It is only a matter of time before a serious accident occurs. It has been reported to the authorities on a few occasions, but to date nothing has been done, their excuse is always [there is backlog].”

Another resident, who also wants to remain anonymous, said he is living in fear because the hole is not only dangerous for motorists, but also for residents and children in the area.
“The hole is quite deep and if a child falls into it no one will even notice. When it rains the hole fills with water and that is also dangerous because if a child falls in they will drown. Children normally throw stones into it when it is filled with water and don’t realise how dangerous that section of the hole is.”

When the Fever reporter contacted the eThekwini Municipality head of communications, Tozi Mthethwa, she said: “Our records indicate that the matter was attended to and the patch of road was tarred. As a caring City eThekwini Municipality has a dedicated team of staff, who strive to provide superior service to all City residents. Service delivery remains our key priority.”
Simphiwe Thwala an Esor Pipeline (contractor) spokesperson said: “ It is not a sink hole, it is a scour valve, which is installed at all the lowest point[s] of the pipeline. Due to heavy rains experienced over the past few months there was mud that had to be cleaned along the pipeline almost the whole of Wyebank Road. We are done with the removal of mud, we have started with the installation of pipe. The affected area will be backfilled by the end of October 2016.”

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