Section of Cape Town toll collapses

Cape Town - A section of the Cape Town quarry in which the Chapman's Peak toll plaza is being built appears to have collapsed, the Cape Times reported on Monday.

Geologist John Compton told the newspaper that the section of the mountain in question was made up of weathered granite and was very unstable.

He said while engineers would probably come up with a design to make the section more stable, this was likely to add to the cost.

"The road cuttings along Chapman's Peak reveal a very thick, rotten granite that is normally covered by vegetation. It's thick, yellow, and crumbly.

"It's a classic problem when building a road: you artificially produce a steeper slope, which is not as stable as it was before."

He estimated the project's cost could rise from about R53m to R80m.

Provincial transport department spokesperson Siphesihle Dube told the newspaper he was not aware of the "landslide", but would ask toll road concessionaire Entilini what had happened.

Earlier in the year, Hout Bay residents lost an urgent court application to halt the toll, claiming no permission had been granted for the control building to be erected within the Table Mountain National Park, a World Heritage Site.

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jayb.bee.9 2012-10-01 09:46:24 AM
lol. Vote DA for change my foot.
lerato.kay.3 2012-10-01 10:02:22 AM
It’s easy being a politician in SA most people don’t use logic, they reason according to party allegiance. If this was an ANC initiative names like cancer, buffoons could have been doing rounds but its DA and no worries. The same can be said about ANC supporters, I’m waiting for the day when people will mature enough and reason as taxpayers not party sheep. Animal farm we live in two legs bad, four legs good. To all DA people enjoy footing the bill especially the so called Republic of Hout Bay residents.
Chrisjan Botha 2012-10-01 10:09:08 AM
The people don't want tolling, being from the DA or ANC, when will these politicians get it in their heads? Or the not so clever DA politician who want to lower the speed limit... Eish!
Sipho Maseko 2012-10-01 10:10:15 AM
Investigate the white capitalist DA alligned company that's wasting the tax payers money
MichAngel Justice 2012-10-01 10:18:34 AM
jayb.bee.9 ek stem saam met jou my brother. Die mense van die stad het mos gepraat en opgese daarteen maar hierdie money hunger paranas wou mosi luister nie. Let them spend all their money thinking they will cripple the poor. And they(the DA) want to bad mouth the ANC and say they are corrupt!!!!
jeremy thorpe 2012-10-01 10:18:35 AM
Seems like God doesn't like toll roads! Hopefully all the toll gantries on Gauteng's highways will mysteriously collapse before tolls are implemented.....
Graham Barlow 2012-10-01 11:02:47 AM
If the engineers knew that the rock was unstable and made more so by excavating, what genius decided that the old quarry was a safe place to build the toll monstrosity? Those of us non-experts who know the area predicted this months ago. The whole saga is a lesson in unnecessary work compounded by inefficiency, stupidity and profit taking.
Monster Monti 2012-10-01 11:12:51 AM
Having had a very cold winter I would have expected the Granite not to have gone rotten. We actually state it as Weathered Granite
carl.miles.31 2012-10-01 11:21:20 AM
Last time I checked this article had nothing to do with politics but actually involved construction difficulties....
ally.oh.7 2012-10-01 11:30:25 AM
This is a bad omen. The mountain has a message and is delivering it in big, big chunks. I suggest the road be closed to all traffic and turned into a hiking trail. If need be, emergency vehicles should have access.