[WATCH] Hout Bay residents ‘stuck in a rut’ as road caves in

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Hout Bay residents woke up on Saturday morning to a massive trench in Hangberg’s Karbonkel Road, causing two vehicles to get stuck in the ditch. 

Hangberg activist Roscoe Jacobs sent VK News photographs of a bakkie trying to get through the trench with little luck. Another vehicle also got stuck, he said.

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He said the area has been experiencing infrastructure-related problems for years with complaints to the City of Cape Town often falling on deaf ears.

“What seems to happened is a pipe burst along the mountain and with the water running down the road caved in. This is not the first time that Hangberg has had infrastructure issues, but not on a scale like this. Our complaints to the City are sometimes futile,” Jacobs said.

He said City officials came to investigate the trench and the area’s ward councillor was also on the scene on Saturday morning.

City ward councillor for the area, Rob Quintas, said he was made aware of a water main running under Karbokel Road bursting at 07:00 this (on Saturday) morning.

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Quintas said the pipe burst caused the collapse of stretches of the road and water teams from Wynberg had been dispatched to repair the damage.

“Please avoid the use of this stretch of road as much as is possible and rather access the Oude Skip and higher lying areas via Salamander Road,” he added.

Jacobs said the two vehicles were removed from the ditch with the help of the community.