6 months to repair Pretoria sinkhole

2012-07-12 22:17

Johannesburg - The Gauteng roads department will need about four to six months to repair a sinkhole on the N14 Ben Schoeman highway, it said on Thursday.

"Considering the extent of the work, technical complexity of the project and traffic and safety considerations... a period of between four and six months will be required for completion," said spokesperson Octavia Mamabolo.

A leak in a water pipe crossing the N14 Ben Schoeman freeway, in Centurion, caused a sinkhole between the north and south-bound carriageways.

Two of the south-bound lanes and one of the north-bound lanes had to be closed for safety reasons.

Mamabolo said two lanes would be added to the outer shoulders of the slow lanes to alleviate traffic congestion.

"The construction of the temporary additional lanes to bypass the sinkhole on the southbound carriageway will be completed before the end of July," she said.

She said the construction of an additional lane on the north-bound carriageway would take longer, as it would include the widening of the Jean Avenue off-ramp.

"The department would like to thank motorists for their patience in the last two weeks and requests motorists to be patient and adhere to the speed limit in the designated area," said Mamabolo

  • des.cider - 2012-07-12 22:40

    I am speaking from the bottom of a big hole! You still ain't fixed it yet!

      Press - 2012-07-12 23:07

      Soon the Gautrain will be at the bottom of a big hole - it goes through the same area . . . .

      wesley.nel.5 - 2012-07-13 01:08

      O I thought it was a pothole

      Boer - 2012-07-13 02:24

      Pathetic way to long to fix the sikhole.

      nrgx.nrg - 2012-07-13 11:14

      past experience dictates...4 months to begin the work, 1 month of tea break for workers, 1 month to fix = 6 months.

      Jellyarse - 2012-07-13 14:22


  • Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-07-12 22:52

    There is a sinkhole by the primary school by my house they didn't fix it they just closed the road on both it will probably take them two years to fix the pretoria sinkhole

      Koos - 2012-07-13 07:02

      "A leak in a water pipe crossing the N14 Ben Schoeman freeway, in Centurion, caused a sinkhole" Why was it not fixed in the first place? Small expense is now a big expense!!

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-07-12 23:05

    oh please. the state of all our roads countrywide is a joke! once work is complete, they are more often than not worse than before the work was done.

      Steven Trollip - 2012-07-13 04:36


      tigra.aeris - 2012-07-13 07:43

      Really? About a year ago, flooding caused a huge hole on a street in Green Point where I was working at the time. It was 2 meters deep in places and was about 3 meters in diameter. Time taken to fix? 2 days. And it hasn't washed away with the recent flooding - i.e. it was fixed properly.

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-07-13 03:03

    How many ANC officials does it take to change a light bulb? Don't ask how long that will take !? 6 months to fix a an oversized pothole seems reasonable!! - 2012-07-13 06:30

      How many ANC officials can fit in the sinkhole?

  • ian.flack2 - 2012-07-13 04:58

    And if they actually came and worked on it, would it be fixed sooner?

  • jeremy002 - 2012-07-13 05:12

    A competent road contractor would need 6 to 10 days. The guy who said 6 months must be connected somehow to the clowns that are managing the fiasco which is the N3 road upgrade passing through Pietermaritzburg. I hope they will be finnished by 2015. They have been busy for some years already. It boggles the mind. The people who use that road daily must be at their wits end by now.

      graeme.stockwell - 2012-07-13 06:49

      3 months to prepared a tender document, 3 months to get tenders from wives sons and daughters, 3 months to and evaluate "BEEEEEEE" bidders, 1 year to award the contact while MEC daughter opens a company, 3 months for appointed contractor to find a real PDI (presently disadvantage individual) to do the work for half what was quoted and 1 month to repair. and this is fast tracking. And the poor PDI wont ever get paid. So 6 months is excellent if it happens. That what it is really like trying to do business with government

      Koos - 2012-07-13 07:03

      You can't charge R5Mil for a 6-10 day job.

  • dewalds3 - 2012-07-13 05:24

    It will take longer to repair the Azania sinkhole. But I am getting ahead of myself - let's enjoy the free-fall and first hit rock bottom.

  • Arthur Salvado - 2012-07-13 06:09

    Patience gentlemen . They must first line up their contacts and family members and decide who is going to do it and how much money they can steal. Of course, they are all unqualified to do the job hence 6 months or more. Pity

  • Theo Ferreira - 2012-07-13 06:28

    They must be bringing the fill soil one spade at a time from Pietermaritzburg for it to take 6 months. Here is a thought, don't construct extra lanes, use counterflow on the lanes you do have, limit the speed of traffic and fix the damn hole with 24 hour coverage from 3 rotating crews back to back in about 2 weeks flat. Can I get my R200,000 now for my consulting work? Didn't think so.

      Gerald Jordaan - 2012-07-13 06:52

      @Theo..NO R200K for you BUT you get a cookie!!

  • faizieishlah.shabalala - 2012-07-13 07:17

    Yaa, widening the exit ramp on the north bound , fantastic. Must be the narrowest offramp in SA

  • deon.rossouw.56 - 2012-07-13 07:38

    African time?

  • rory.hewitt2 - 2012-07-13 08:02

    My pet hate right now are these "stop go" setups. 50kms of road to repair, rather than do it one section at a time they stuff up the entire 50 kms and take a year to get it done?

  • carolyn.myburgh - 2012-07-13 08:04

    Did they not just fix a huge hole there recently now is this a new one or the old one re appearing???

  • marc.rule - 2012-07-13 08:16

    more like 2 years to fix the sinkhole.

  • erneyb - 2012-07-13 09:48

    Hope they remeber to fix the leak first by turning off the tap, increase water charges to pay for the operation before appointing a committee to investigte how they going to deal with the Big Hole. Oohh my beloved SANC AFRIKA.

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