The City of Ekurhuleni is extremely concerned about the development of sinkholes along Rondebult Road in Boksburg. A new sinkhole was discovered yesterday (Thursday 14 September) adjacent to the first one which developed a few months ago.

When the initial sinkhole occurred, the City immediately informed the Department of Minerals and the Council for Geo Sciences in an effort to identify the cause of the problem, and the best way of rehabilitation. While it remains unclear what the cause could be, as the sinkhole is not dolomite-related, the City suspects illegal mining.

This morning, a team of experts visited the scene to assess the occurring sinkhole. Upon conclusion of these investigations, the City will immediately embark on a rehabilitation exercise. Given that the sinkholes are within a road reserve, in an endeavor to fast-track the rehabilitation of the sinkhole area and surrounds, the City will reprioritize its budget towards this project. The focus will be on rehabilitating both the affected parts of Rondebult Road and the road reserve so that the area is safe for both motorists and pedestrians.

In the meantime, the City takes the opportunity to thank affected communities and road users alike for their patience and understanding up to now and appeals for further co-operation as the issue receives attention.

Members of the public are urged to stay away from the area as it is extremely dangerous and to adhere to the safety protocols in place. The City will be considering further safety precautions in an effort to protect lives as many pedestrians continue to use the closed road.