by Ina Cilliers MPL – DA Constituency Head: Merafong
Unattended water leaks have created a new sinkhole in Carletonville between 15 & 17 Erica street.
The municipality recently replaced a water meter in the street but failed to seal the pipes which has led to underground water seeping into the dolomitic ground causing the sinkhole to open up.
The sinkhole is situated between the driveways of 15 & 17 Erica street and as a result, the owners cannot access their homes with their vehicles.
Continued water leaks across Merafong are creating an untenable situation as roads, homes and public infrastructure are falling victim to sinkholes.
The municipality famously under-utilized its emergency funding last year which was meant to address the sinkhole problem.
It is evident that the ANC-run municipality has no tangible plan of action to address the situation. Instead of fixing the cause, which is rampant water leaks – they delay and might sometimes just treat the symptoms which are the sink-holes.
I will write to Cooperative Governance MEC, Uhuru Moila to ascertain what the provincial government intends to do to assist the municipality in resolving the water leaks issue once and for all.
Residents of Merafong are in constant danger of the ground beneath them giving way at any moment.
This is a major crisis and must be attended to swiftly. The DA will ensure that this issue does not fall by the way side as people’s safety is at risk.