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Bakkie falls into Durban sinkhole

2012-04-17 10:01

Durban - A man was injured when his Nissan Champ bakkie fell into a sinkhole on the corners of Voortrekker Road and Quality Street in Durban on Tuesday morning, paramedics said.

ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak said when paramedics arrived on the scene, they found the bakkie with only its rear on the tarmac.

"The driver managed to get out of his vehicle - he sustained several injuries and was later transported to Wentworth Hospital," said Vermaak.

According to bystanders the sinkhole developed late on Monday afternoon and was not properly cordoned off. It appeared as if it filled with water during the night, making it difficult to see, said Vermaak.

Vermaak said the man was on his way to work when the incident happened.

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Comments
  • Piet - 2012-04-17 10:12

    ANC potholes getting just as big as their pockets!

  • Kala - 2012-04-17 10:12

    A huge sink hole in the middle of a busy intersection and nobody thought to cordone it off?????? Oh wait... we are governed by the anc.

      Thato - 2012-04-17 11:28

      "Accoring to bystanders the sinkhole developed late on Monday afternoon and was not properly cordoned off"- let me guess, bystander1 waited for bystander 2 to report this to authourities but then bystanders 2-to-30 thought bystander1 had reported the sinkhole...only to find that a Nissan Champ had fallen in the sinkhole the next morning... typical South Africans...no one thought of dragging a dustbin into the road and tieing white plastic bags onto it to make it visible so that motorists could avoid the the hole till authourities were made aware and barracade it off.... the questions is- What has the ANC got to do with this...@ stupid comment

      Sheik - 2012-04-17 11:44

      Exactly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Thoka - 2012-04-17 10:18

    this is nit the first, ask guys living in musgrave area. please dont blame poor Malema on this one. Lol

      Jonathan - 2012-04-17 11:01

      Actually, I for one will not blame Malema for this. However, I will blame current shoddy state of South African infrastructure (in general) on deployment of cadres based solely on skin colour and not on competence. Had the driver been injured (and I sincerely hope he wasn't) any lawyer would rip the municipal services a new one for not having alerted vehicles to what is an obvious driving hazard.

      Thoka - 2012-04-17 11:13

      @Jonathan, dont blame people of colour because Micheal sutclife was the city manager for a long time. He is owning hole lot of buildings under this current leadership. i agree with you, municipality need to look after this guy in every need

  • Tanie - 2012-04-17 10:24

    How I wish it happened to zuma and his blue light crew.

  • kosmonooit - 2012-04-17 10:46

    Maputo circa 1990 here we come :o

  • paul.prinsloo3 - 2012-04-17 10:51

    Quality Street?

      barry.mcbride - 2012-04-17 10:57

      LOL, talk about irony!

  • Marianne - 2012-04-17 11:06

    Imagine explaining this to your boss...

  • Thato - 2012-04-17 11:18

    "Accoring to bystanders the sinkhole developed late on Monday afternoon and was not properly cordoned off"- let me guess, bystander1 waited for bystander 2 to report this to authourities but then bystanders 2-to-30 thought bystander1 had reported the sinkhole...only to find that a Nissan Champ had fallen in the sinkhole the next morning... typical South Africans...no one thought of dragging a dustbin into the road and tieing white plastic bags onto it to make it visible so that motorists could avoid the the hole till authourities were made aware and barracade it off.... the questions is- What has the ANC got to do with this...@ stupid comments

      Thato - 2012-04-17 12:21

      A sinkhole was not maked off while adult bystanders noticed it and did not take imediate action to do so- what has missing maintenece funds got to do with this? Bystanders should have taken temporary action to avoid damage to property, harm/ loss of life but they we always want to blame the Government for everything as if they knew a sinkhole was gonna develop there. If a sinkhold appears on your street/ a a pipe bursts take action to avoid damage/ harm until help gets there even if it takes two weeks. Where I live our Roads have poor stormwater management and heaps of sand always end up on the road- we remove it off the road ourselves until and municipal maintenece comes to clear it days later but in the mean time we take action to clean our road... someone should have done something to mark that hole off... STOP EXPECTING Government to do even the most easy things- I understand that people will not be able to fill the sinkhole themselves but they could avoid fellow countrymen from being harmed by it...

      Denny - 2012-04-17 12:51

      I agree. A responsible citizen should act however we are living in what is becoming increasingly a nanny state. Don't be surprised as people start abdicating more and more of their individual responsibilities as the state becomes our sovereign. The government claims it will look after us. It should bloody well do so or step aside.

  • Johan - 2012-04-17 11:25

    Bad reporting That is not a sinkhole but rather an average Gautend Pothole ! lol

  • Deon - 2012-04-17 11:52

    I would just love to read the insurance claim for this - and the response from the insurance company. a Bit like the old one about the man hitting a tree because his mother-in-law was in front of it. LOL

  • leon.kayser - 2012-04-17 12:47

    You all got it wrong.It's South africa that's in the sinkhole and the guy was trying to escape by reversing out.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-04-17 12:56

      You mean like going back to Europe?

  • lmadikwe - 2012-04-17 12:49

    They'll fix that sinkhole, however for them to recover the funds, they are going erect an e-Toll structure on the intersection.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-04-17 12:57

      They don't need to fix the sinkhole. Nothing wrong with it.

  • leon.kayser - 2012-04-17 13:05

    It's SANRAL'S new bypass to Durban.\The sink Toll\

  • leon.kayser - 2012-04-17 13:07

    It's SANRAL'S new bypass to Durban.\The sink Toll\

  • leon.kayser - 2012-04-17 13:20

    \Please insert bakkie Here for free tender. Collect reply in Durban.\Sign next to big sinkhole in Johannesburg

  • Arthur - 2012-04-17 13:55

    Corner of "Quality" street, how ironic.

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