Road from Delmas to Leandra still closed after being damaged by heavy rains

Sinkhole on the Delmas-Leandra Rod. (Photo: Masoka Dube.)

Masoka Dube

 Motorists using the D2543 road from Delmas to Leandra are urged to use alternative roads as the road is temporarily closed due to a sinkhole after heavy rains that occurred in the area since Friday.

Mpumalanga Department of Public Works, Roads and Transport spokesperson David Nkambule said the department has dispatched a technical team which includes engineers and other relevant personnel to work on the problem. ” We have already sent our people to attend to the road.Road users are advised to use D1147 or D1274 as an alternative,” said Nkambule.

Nkambule could not say when the situation will be resolved and the road re-opened. NewsHorn understands that illegal mining activities  in the area might have contributed to the situation as the road is mostly used by heavy trucks used by illegal miners. Trucks used by legitimate mining companies are also using the same road on daily basis.According to reports which could not be verified, the road caved in when a heavy duty truck used it during the rain.

Mpumalanga Community Safety, Security and Liaison spokesperson Joseph Mabuza confirmed the incident and cited that no one sustained injuries. ” When the road was damaged there was no reported injuries. The road is mostly used by people who work at the mines around the area.”

A local truck driver Sipho Ngwenya said that apart from the recent heavy rains, most of the  damages are caused by trucks and people who conduct illegal mining in Delmas and other nearby areas. ” I heard the authorities saying the road has been damaged due to the rain,but I don’t fully agree with them as a properly constructed road is not supposed to be damaged easily when it rains. I hope the government will also do something about illegal mining activities that are destroying our soil. However. I hope the government will speed up the process of fixing the road,” said Ngwenya.