Section of N2 collapses in Eastern Cape

2012-10-20 22:06

Johannesburg - A section of the N2 between Grahamstown and Port Elizabeth has collapsed on Saturday evening, the provincial government said.

Provincial traffic and disaster management spokesperson Tshepo Machae said the collapse was due to rainfall in the area.

Machae said additional information on vehicles affected or potential casualties was not yet available.

  • beverly.young3 - 2012-10-20 22:12

    You have NO idea of the disaster here. The road has totally collapsed. Thank God no one has been injured. Our towns are wrecked!!! One portion of Port Alfred is cut off from the rest.....another HUGE road collapse. I have pics...lets see if I can upload them.

      tshepangkhala - 2012-10-20 22:24

      Pls upload them, this is scary...

      rodney.louis.7 - 2012-10-20 23:21

      yeah yaya roads all over pe flooded reports of cars trapped under water on the seaview rd carefull guys rather stay indoors

      yaya188 - 2012-10-20 23:50

      I posted pics to Media 24, they should load them shortly. The force of nature, the power of water is unbelievably frightening. Our sleepy liitle towns have been turned into wrecked, soaked places of disaster. The road they are talking about? it is SCARY!!! The is a main highway to PE. There is nothing there!! simply this huge hole, the size of 2 enormous trucks, meters deep with that steel railing? still intact but bent. It will take months to fix. Grahamstwon, Port ALfred, Kenton on Sea, Bushmans River all are now seperated in parts by a 'thread' of remaining roads. In the towns, one caravan park vanished! Next to it, a B & B is all but down. The outer walls collapsed, and the water ran through the building. Masses of homes are now gone. In our town, Port Alfred, our main streets are rivers. On Friday, I saw 12 jetties floating down the river out to sea. The townships? oh dear, we have disaster management and the town trying to help there. When you see buildings slipping down a hill in the mud, you are frozen with fear. Normal 'gravel' roads are now rivers just out of town. The rain has not let up in 5 days, with more predicted until Tuesday. The river was so powerful on Friday, that it would not let the sea in at the change of tides.

      atholl.canterbury - 2012-10-21 00:20

      === Think manne, there's always a shortcut === From the pics i've seen there's always a shortcut: On the one side you can still fit a bicycle & a wheelbarrow. On the other side, a trapeze artist can negotiate the free-standing guardrail. ... and of course, for those with a phoefie slide licence: Down the centre you can span a 20mm steel cable across the canyon to the other side. Dink, manne! There's always a short cut.

      charmaine.hoffmann.1 - 2012-10-21 11:34

      Yaya...I am staying in Kleinemonde and know what you are talking about, also out at the Fish River the caravan park is under water and the West and East Kleinemonde rivers have broken through....but the worst is the R72 between Port Alfred and Fish River...potholes my little car will disappear's like driving an obsticle course..

      patsy.smith.125 - 2012-10-21 12:14

      Yaya, don't tell me you are still surprised by the disaster this country has become. There is a lack of everything except corruption.

      yaya188 - 2012-10-21 13:51

      We now have hail storms and rain figuires stand at 500 mm in 48 hours! The disaster if honestly beyond belief.....

      lsfreak - 2012-10-22 00:21!prettyPhoto Looks good down here

  • suidlander.vanwyk - 2012-10-20 22:22

    it must be raining very hard in EC hey, that GHT N2 has always been problematic, especially the shale material

      yaya188 - 2012-10-20 23:50

      You are so right, the road 'slid' sideways and then collapsed.

      Nico Du Rand - 2012-10-21 00:40

      @atholl: and a ramp down the middle for cars and motorcycles.... but the trucks are still screwed though

  • joe.mangena.1 - 2012-10-20 23:00

    It was built before 1994, it must be very old

      christi.roestorff - 2012-10-20 23:15

      Actually major roadworks were done on this road around 2002!

      aj.oosthuizen.7 - 2012-10-20 23:50

      What does 1994 have to do with it? And as a side note - ss far as I know, everything was still function before 1994, so your comment is invalid.

      bbooyse - 2012-10-21 03:26

      There are roads and bridges in Europe that were originally build by the Romans and they're still standing...of course it helps to actually maintain infrastructure...

      patsy.smith.125 - 2012-10-21 12:18

      And how much maintenance since then, Joe? Probably none

  • mary.kircher - 2012-10-20 23:42

    and it is still raining ..... with heavy rain predicted overnight and tomorrow - I can't stop thinking of the people and animals without shelter - count your blessings.

  • brian.wakeham.39 - 2012-10-21 00:10

    Take a look at some of the pictures that Grocott's Mail has posted at It'll be interesting to keep an eye on this once the weather clears and see how long the E Cape Provincial Government take to repair this. I'd hazard a guess it'll be at least 6 months and then they will say they have run out of money and not finish the job properly. This is a vital link between Grahamstown and Port Elizabeth and the diversion via the N10 and R400 is another 60/100 km and the R400 is not good compared to the N10 or N2.

  • mya.schultz.16 - 2012-10-21 00:49

    the roads to my mom's house in Port Alfred have been washed out - actually completely destroyed, with no access, no power and ironically no running water. The town has been completely devastated, I only hope that disaster management is able to deal with this asap... people are sleeping in the guides hall and even the police station has had to be evacuated. Not a great place to be right now.

      yaya188 - 2012-10-21 05:45

      I know, its is the worst rain/floods in 30 years so they say. What worries me, is that the national road between EL & PE, is now ONLY through Port Alfred. As we get almost 17 hundred trucks a day....on the 3 routes, they will now be coming through here ONLY.....oh my.

      mya.schultz.16 - 2012-10-21 12:33

      Hi Bev, are you still living on the marina? How is that holding out? In shock this morning looking at all the photos coming through, don't know how the Kowie is going to recover from this...

  • hannah.p.mostert - 2012-10-21 03:01

    Wow just saw pic on huge hole

  • prieurp34 - 2012-10-21 06:59

    Just goes to show and proves that the New Government is corrupt! Who got the Tender and how much did they spend in building the road? In the old government roads never used to just collapse because of a little rain!!!

      hennie.deruyter - 2012-10-21 08:09

      Actually i would play the blame game differently: the roads the two Bains built in the 19th century outlasted rather a number of the newer roads. A flood near Mantagu took out the new road and left the old Bain road intact. The Swartberg pass is still mostly as it was built 150 years ago and still passable. Stone walls last longer than earth embankments.

      luvo.luvos - 2012-10-21 11:27

      Was the N2 built after the ANC came into power post 1994?? I think not!! It is one of the oldest primary trunk routes and was built during apartheid days.

      christi.roestorff - 2012-10-21 11:44

      These roads have been under contestant rebuild over past decade! Having said that the rain has been hectic, my folks live 60km's from Port Aflred and measured over 300mls in 4 days, that's roughly half the yearly average!

  • hennie.deruyter - 2012-10-21 07:48

    Now this remind me of when I nearly drowned doing the Otter. Heavy rain flooded the Bloukrans crossing but I still went for it... And went for a very long swim hanging on to my backpack in it's plastic (survivol) bag. After the hike I took the N2 home... And I couldnt. It collapsed between Wilderness and George at Dolphin Point. This was in 2006.

  • Mn Mlilo - 2012-10-21 09:06

    this is just but one of the many problems being added to the EC,already faced by poverty,municipal wrangles ,corrupt government departments ,the list is just endless,this for me is one of the worst governed provinces in our beloved land.Surely lip service will be chanted in the next couple of weeks then it will all just slip back to the dirt.Needless to say we just hope somewhere somehow NGOs will assist our communities coz surely there is nothing that the government does to really help the people,yet election after election they get the votes,its really a wake up call for ECapetonians to try change and see where it leads you. Natural disasters like these help pave way for new governments ,take for example New Orleans ,USA. The way Zuma n crew will handle EC in the next few weeks should surely be observed by the pple of the province

  • kasper.mbayi2 - 2012-10-21 09:09

    Its because of corrupt ministers, when get their budget for fixing roads the using chip contractors their friends who doesn't know how to fix roads and they still want to get change for themselves. While the earning large salaries from government.

  • 0001000ghost - 2012-10-21 09:41

    Great quality work those tenderprenuers did here building this road. Must have cost millions to construct! Where's the money now?

  • 0001000ghost - 2012-10-21 09:51

    News24: Don't delete my comment! Great job the tenderpreneurs did here! Real quality of work! Must have cost millions in tax money to build these roads. Where's the money now?

      luvo.luvos - 2012-10-21 11:12

      Cmon bozo, the N2 was built way before the ANC came into power. This is by no means a new road. Nice to throw all blame at the current goverment without knowing the facts

      christi.roestorff - 2012-10-21 11:50

      @Luvo, was chatting to a civil engineer the other day, he told me a properly built road has a lifespan of around 15 years. On your assertion then government has failed to do what they should have and rebuild the road!!! But they have done something, it just doesn't seem to have been worth the money paid for it!

  • patsy.smith.125 - 2012-10-21 12:12

    How unusual!!! Rain in S.A.!!! Perhaps a better reason is the lack of maintenance and upgrading. Nore important to spend money on lining pockets...

  • mya.schultz.16 - 2012-10-21 12:36

    I can't believe that the town has been devastated, homes sliding down the hills, residential areas eradicated, people without homes and other areas completely cut off and yet the only mention of this is this article last night. Where are our ministers pledging support, asking for help, telling us that they will sort this out. Maybe some of the money for Nkandla can be channeled here now. Poor forgotten Eastern Cape.

      yaya188 - 2012-10-21 13:54

      @mya.schultz.16 yes I am still on the marina...we are okayish now, however a HUGE sandbank has formed across the will not be able to go out at all!! We have just had a hail storm as well.

      yaya188 - 2012-10-21 13:55

      mya.schultz.16 if you go to my fb page there as masses of photos....

  • nadia.deklerk.7 - 2012-10-21 19:14

    News24, isnt it about time you stop uploading pictures from Shutterstock? Something a student would do.

      yaya188 - 2012-10-22 06:44

      @ nadia.deklerk.7 lol ;)

  • iolow - 2012-10-23 00:02

    Zuma: This is a plot by the weather to make the ANC look bad.

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