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Boksburg informal settlement residents on edge as sinkhole continues to expand – fears of tragedy!



Residents at Boksburg informal settlement fear for safety as sinkhole expands

Residents of the Angelo informal settlement in Boksburg are increasingly concerned about their safety as a 10-metre-wide sinkhole deepens on the edge of their structures. According to Eyewitness News, the hole has been expanding since 2022. Parents are apprehensive about their children, who need more space to play in a densely populated area.

Compounding the danger is the lack of street lights in the settlement, which means many people risk falling into the pit at night. A black pipe, which could be mistaken for a makeshift bridge, lies across the wide hole, with old, dirty blankets hanging over it.

The 30-year-old plus informal settlement is roughly 10 kilometres from OR Tambo International Airport. Long-time resident Duduzile Ndlela expressed her fear that she would have nowhere to live if the sinkhole continued to expand towards her home.

“This sinkhole is expanding every day – it’s not stopping. If you follow its trajectory, it will end up at my home, and there is a blind man that I live next to,” she said.

Residents have appealed to the Ekurhuleni municipality for assistance in closing the sinkhole. Still, as yet, action has yet to be taken.


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