It was a frightful sight near Burwood Road and Gordon Road in Rondebosch East, when a silver Kia Picanto suddenly got swallowed by a sinkhole in Burwood Road.
The incident, which took place on Saturday afternoon, saw the driver of the car and his 61-year-old passenger nose-dive into a massive hole together with their car at the drop of a hat.
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Though they emerged unscathed after their rescue, both were clouded with fears and anxiety after the ground disappeared under their car.
An onlooker disclosed that a resident had earlier placed three orange cones where he suspected there would be sinkholes and then walked back home to alert Cape Town relevant authorities. However, while, he was still speaking with them, one of his workers broke the news that a car has hole-sunk at the Burwood Road.
The witness recalled:
“He actually placed three of those orange cones where he thought the sinkhole would appear. He went into his house and called the City of Cape Town to lodge a complaint.
But his gardener came running in while he was still on the line to tell him that a car had just gone into the sinkhole nose-first. The sinkhole had appeared next to the cone.”
Thereafter, relevant authorities of the town brought a tow trucker; which levered up the Kia Picanto from the ground.
The incidence also pulled the presence of the Democratic Alliance ward councilor for Ward 60, Mark Kleinschmidt, to the area on Sunday.
“Sinkholes are usually caused over a number of years by underground stormwater and would be happening in many of the older areas around the City.”
He, however, promised to deploy engineers to survey other areas in Rondebosch.
A sinkhole is also known as a cenote, sink, swallet, swallow hole, or doline. It is a depression or hole in the ground caused by some form of a collapse of the surface layer. However, some are caused by karst processes.