Coleraine Drive collapses

Ten days of heavy rain wreaked havoc on roads across Gauteng.

Coleraine Drive in Bryanston collapsed due to heavy rains on 11 March 2014. Picture: Aki Anastasiou/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Heavy rain continues to wreak havoc on Gauteng roads with severe traffic problems, faulty traffic lights and massive potholes developing across the province.

An enormous sinkhole measuring around 20 metres wide and four metres deep has developed in Coleraine Drive in Bryanston, north of Johannesburg.

The scene resembles the aftermath of an earthquake.

The entire bridge, together with the concrete support structure under the bridge, has been washed away by the volume of water flowing through the river below.

The bridge, which is roughly 20 metres wide, collapsed into the river.

Coleraine Drive in Bryanston collapsed due to heavy rains on 11 March 2014. Picture: Aki Anastasiou & Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

Emergency services have appealed to the public not to get close to the sinkhole as it continues to disintegrate making it very dangerous.

The road remains closed and will likely take weeks before it's repaired.

The South African Weather Service says it has been 14 years since Gauteng last experienced this much rainfall during the month of March.

It says the downpours at this time of the year are not uncommon but what is unusual is the large amount experienced this year.


The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has been placed on standby for potential rescue operations.

SANDF spokesperson Brigadier-General Xolani Mbanga says officials are monitoring the situation.

"We have our resources and personnel ready to assist whenever we are required to do so."

The National Disaster Management Centre says its officials are also on standby to assist task response units around the country with flooding incidents.