Steps taken to avoid canal collapse

2018-05-22 06:00
The City of Cape Town to consider revamping the Southfield canal.

The City of Cape Town to consider revamping the Southfield canal.

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Conditions surrounding the canal passing through a part of Southfield have residents concerned.

Monty Foster has been living next to the canal for 30 years. He recalls that a few years ago, a neighbour of his across the canal had part of his vibracrete wall collapse and fall into the canal.

Foster approached the Princess Vlei Civic Association, which in turn lodged a request to the City of Cape Town to have the matter looked at.

“My place is showing signs of collapsing and I just got the City to check it out. They came here, checked it out and we are all on the same page now. I am happy, it just took a bit long to get going, but once it got going, it got going (quickly). I’ve just seen signs in my backyard where the ground is growing towards the canal, because the canal is right next to my house. I am just worried that the vibracrete is going to collapse with it eventually over time,” Foster says.

Following his request, he says the City has committed to providing some maintenance to the canal, while also carrying out repairs to the homes which line that section of the canal.

“I wanted to go speak to my back-door neighbour, because his vibracrete there is almost two slabs over already. The City is aware of it and will look into that now too. I am happy that the issue is being dealt with. It took a while to get going, but once the contact was made, the ball started rolling and dealing with the issue happened quite quickly,” says Foster.

Mayco member (South) Eddie Andrews confirms that the City’s Asset Management and Maintenance Department met with Foster on Tuesday.

“The condition of the canal is generally satisfactory, however there is some settlement of paved areas and movement of the vibracrete wall visible on the resident’s property,” says Andrews.

He adds that the Southfield canal is an old system and the City is seeing sporadic failures in various places which are repaired as and when reported or picked up through inspections.

“As the property boundaries fall on the edge of the canal, any problems experienced on the canal structure inevitably impact the boundary walls of the abutting private properties. In the new financial year we will consider doing some repairs to this section of the canal.”

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