City of Tshwane commits to repairing sinkholes

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The City of Tshwane says it expects the outcome of investigations into identifying dolomitic areas around Pretoria to help find long-term solutions to the problem.

Mayor Solly Msimanga, accompanied by Gauteng Premier David Makhura visited Laudium on Monday where a sinkhole is threatening the safety of R55 road users and nearby residents.

The sinkhole expanded because of the rainfall over the weekend.

Technicians who have been to the area have compiled a report which will be released soon.

The Gauteng provincial government says it will cost between R50 million and R60 million to repair the sinkhole.

Msimanga says the municipality is committed to repairing all identified sinkholes in the city in the new financial year.

“We have already started working on repairing three sinkholes and there are three more that are going to be addressed in June. But it’s allowing us an opportunity to do other investigations to understand how big cavity is. Geological studies needs to be done. So we are doing that…”