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Heavy rain and stormwater lead to road collapse in Mpumalanga

06 February 2021 - 11:26 By kgaugelo masweneng
Damage due to sinkhole.
Damage due to sinkhole.
Image: John Erasmus

A road battered by heavy rain and stormwater has collapsed outside Mbombela in Mpumalanga.

The provincial department of community safety, security, and liaison has advised motorists to avoid the D2296 road between KaNyamazane and Thekwane South.

The road was closed temporarily due to the collapse near eNtokozweni where a sinkhole was identified earlier in the week.

“The damage was caused by stormwater,” the department said in a statement.

“Motorists travelling to and from KaNyamazane are advised to do that via the N4 toll road until further notice.”

Mmusi said the road was the main route leading to the town and was used by most settlements in the area. “We anticipate that we will have hectic traffic on Monday when people return to work. As such we are arranging for law enforcement and safety control.

“When the road collapsed there was no traffic per se, so no-one was injured and no cars were damaged. We have no report of any incident besides the collapse,” Mmusi added.