Merafong’s mega sinkhole still endangering motorists

By Ina Cilliers MPL DA Constituency Head for Merafong:

The massive sinkhole on the R500 in Merafong has still not been repaired despite assurances from Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC, Ismail Vadi, that the issue would be dealt with as a matter of urgency.


In July 2014, MEC Vadi indicated that this sinkhole would be repaired by September 2014.


To date, the sinkhole has not been attended to by the Department.


As time goes by, the alternate route around the sinkhole has fallen in to disrepair due to the high volume of traffic and farming vehicles that make use of this route daily.


In reply to questions I posed to the MEC, it is clear that this issue will not be resolved any time soon.


MEC Vadi states that this issue will be resolved before the end of the current financial year – at an estimated cost of R8 million.


It is unacceptable that the department has dragged its heels on this issue – unnecessarily placing motorists in harm’s way.


I will write to the MEC and demand this issue be prioritised.