Section of Cape Town toll collapses

2012-10-01 09:42

Cape Town - A section of the Cape Town quarry in which the Chapman's Peak toll plaza is being built appears to have collapsed, the Cape Times reported on Monday.

Geologist John Compton told the newspaper that the section of the mountain in question was made up of weathered granite and was very unstable.

He said while engineers would probably come up with a design to make the section more stable, this was likely to add to the cost.

"The road cuttings along Chapman's Peak reveal a very thick, rotten granite that is normally covered by vegetation. It's thick, yellow, and crumbly.

"It's a classic problem when building a road: you artificially produce a steeper slope, which is not as stable as it was before."

He estimated the project's cost could rise from about R53m to R80m.

Provincial transport department spokesperson Siphesihle Dube told the newspaper he was not aware of the "landslide", but would ask toll road concessionaire Entilini what had happened.

Earlier in the year, Hout Bay residents lost an urgent court application to halt the toll, claiming no permission had been granted for the control building to be erected within the Table Mountain National Park, a World Heritage Site.

  • jayb.bee.9 - 2012-10-01 09:46

    lol. Vote DA for change my foot.

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-01 09:48

      You can change your own feet. Take the left one out of your mouth and put the right one in. Just remember to take your shoe off first.

      marnusmnorval - 2012-10-01 09:49

      At least the DA is doing something.. Most of the ANC is in prison you arrogant retarded douche

      lydonmcg - 2012-10-01 09:53

      That makes complete sense considering the toll only exists because of the ANC.

      trevor.bush.9655 - 2012-10-01 09:56

      ANC has all but destroyed SA's civils, DA is TRYING to save and even build on it's own in the WC but it will come at a price. If they were hell bent on stealing from you, then why oppose the ANC'S need to toll the national into CT????So yes, why not stick BOTH yr feet in yr mouth.

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-01 10:12

      LOL Alicia, the same thought crossed my mind :-)

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-10-01 10:31

      How long will it take to just make up the extra costs in tolls? Shut down this stupid project.

      michelle.kirsten - 2012-10-01 10:32

      Sheesh I love how DA= white capitalist. And I love even more how there's no one moaning about being assigned a colour...

      angie.farr81 - 2012-10-01 10:47

      We'll see how much Zumaville goes over their budget of R203m then talk again!

  • lerato.kay.3 - 2012-10-01 10:02

    It’s easy being a politician in SA most people don’t use logic, they reason according to party allegiance. If this was an ANC initiative names like cancer, buffoons could have been doing rounds but its DA and no worries. The same can be said about ANC supporters, I’m waiting for the day when people will mature enough and reason as taxpayers not party sheep. Animal farm we live in two legs bad, four legs good. To all DA people enjoy footing the bill especially the so called Republic of Hout Bay residents.

  • chrisjanbotha - 2012-10-01 10:09

    The people don't want tolling, being from the DA or ANC, when will these politicians get it in their heads? Or the not so clever DA politician who want to lower the speed limit... Eish!

  • osmaseko - 2012-10-01 10:10

    Investigate the white capitalist DA alligned company that's wasting the tax payers money

      michelle.kirsten - 2012-10-01 10:29

      Ooooh now you've said it..

      edward.d.beesley - 2012-10-01 11:08

      Agree with you 100%, osmaseko. The DA play the race card just as effectively as the ANC. Now that they've got the Western Cape, they thinks they can treat their ratepayers like dirt - well, they'll only have themselves to blame in the next election, hypocrits! As an aside, when a private person wants to build something wayout like this plush plaza, he/she has to get all kinds of engineering designs approved, etc. So where were the approvals for this development? If there are any, pretty shoddy, I would say - maybe one doesn't have to have such things when developing public land within National Parks?

      osmaseko - 2012-10-01 11:16

      Question: What is the difference between this company and Julius Malema's company? Answer : Nothing, they both erect structures that fall

      rontheogre - 2012-10-01 12:19

      Osmaseko, you put your foot in so deep it created brain damage. The structure did not fall, there was a landslide or rockfall. Secondly, the contractors are Murray and Roberts that have excellent BEE credentials, eg 150 black executives across the Group have been allocated shares under the Black Executives Trust, AKA Capital has a 20% share in Murray & Roberts Cementation, Jay & Jayendra Group has a 30% share in the UCW Partnership, Lehumo Women's Investment Trust has a 26% share in certain of the Group's toll road operations, with a total empowerment ownership of 26%. Eish, shows you the results of what a lack of education can do.

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-10-01 16:07

      And the idiotic ANC sheep are quiet. All tanx to Rontheo. Lately I just laugh at ANC supporters, they are so moronic.

  • michangel.justice - 2012-10-01 10:18

    jayb.bee.9 ek stem saam met jou my brother. Die mense van die stad het mos gepraat en opgese daarteen maar hierdie money hunger paranas wou mosi luister nie. Let them spend all their money thinking they will cripple the poor. And they(the DA) want to bad mouth the ANC and say they are corrupt!!!!

      jayb.bee.9 - 2012-10-01 11:01

      Michangeal famba a beeld u sukela ku ni nyangatsa hi foreign language ya wena. tihlaya ta nyini

      michangel.justice - 2012-10-01 15:09

      thank you Alicia, couldnt figure out his swahili language

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-10-01 16:15

      If you want to comment in Afrikaans, than pls do so on Nuus24. This is not a Cape Afrikaans platform.

  • Jeremy - 2012-10-01 10:18

    Seems like God doesn't like toll roads! Hopefully all the toll gantries on Gauteng's highways will mysteriously collapse before tolls are implemented.....

      michangel.justice - 2012-10-01 10:23

      My thoughts aswell Jeremy. GOD will judge man's actions concerning His creation.

  • graham.barlow.902 - 2012-10-01 11:02

    If the engineers knew that the rock was unstable and made more so by excavating, what genius decided that the old quarry was a safe place to build the toll monstrosity? Those of us non-experts who know the area predicted this months ago. The whole saga is a lesson in unnecessary work compounded by inefficiency, stupidity and profit taking.

  • monti.montanari - 2012-10-01 11:12

    Having had a very cold winter I would have expected the Granite not to have gone rotten. We actually state it as Weathered Granite

  • carl.miles.31 - 2012-10-01 11:21

    Last time I checked this article had nothing to do with politics but actually involved construction difficulties....

  • ally.oh.7 - 2012-10-01 11:30

    This is a bad omen. The mountain has a message and is delivering it in big, big chunks. I suggest the road be closed to all traffic and turned into a hiking trail. If need be, emergency vehicles should have access.

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-10-01 11:45

    And so it goes, more money from the taxpayer for something that is unnecessary and when vote time comes we must vote for parties that know how to waste our money. What a lot of useless corrupt politicians that run the country,local governments and provincial governments.

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-10-01 13:52

    Maybe this Granite will all collapse and bury the whole project, workers and all and that will be the end of it.

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-10-01 16:23

      How old are you? 5? You don't wish death over other peoples lives. What if anything bad happen to your family? Pls think before you comment fellow South African. The workers are there to earn money to put bread on their tables. They are not the decision makers.

  • cara.woolls - 2012-10-01 14:39

    i dont understand at all. wouldn't it be a lot less expensive to just close the road and deploy a public ferry to transport humans, cars & cargo ???

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