Sinkhole alert: Busy Cape Town road suffers ‘mini-collapse’

An apparent ‘sinkhole’ has opened up on a major route servicing Cape Town. The issue has been reported on Victoria Road, after a local DA Councillor clocked the issue earlier in the day.

Where is this alleged ‘sinkhole’ in Cape Town?

Victoria Road is a scenic stretch that connects Sea Point, Camps Bay, and Bakoven to Hout Bay. The drive is a favourite amongst locals, and Llandudno Beach is also on the route. Not that anyone can go there during Level 3 of lockdown

The sinkhole appears at a bend just before the 12 Apostles Hotel, on the carriageway heading towards Hout Bay. It’s positioned inside the yellow lane, but the issue has still been escalated to the local Roads Depot. If a motorist was to drive over it at speed, the depth and size of the hole could cause damage to some vehicles.

Drivers cautioned about Victoria Road ‘incident’

One quick-thinking bystander had the wits to put a large branch inside the so-called sinkhole, alerting motorists to a discrepancy within the road’s surface. It’s a move that could potentially prevent an accident.

Nicola Jowell is a Councillor for the Sea Point, Fresnaye, Bantry Bay, Clifton, and Camps Bay area. This part of the Atlantic Seaboard is under the jurisdiction of Ward 54, and the incident was reported just after midday on Sunday.

Please be cautious on Victoria Road just before the 12 Apostles Hotel. There is a sinkhole in the yellow lane (outbound). It has been reported to the Roads Depot for their urgent attention.

Nicola Jowell

This isn’t an isolated incident, either: Parts of Sea Point were submerged underwater back in November 2020, after a burst water pipe flooded Main Road. The torrents of water also flowed on St. John’s Road, causing chaos in one of the busiest areas of the Cape Town neighborhood. But, to the horror of many locals, a ‘sinkhole’ appeared to open up.



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