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NC dept cautions road users after cracks appear close to R31

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The Northern Cape Department of Roads and Public Works has labelled a photograph of a car in a sinkhole that is circulating on social media as “fake news”.

THE NORTHERN Cape Department of Roads and Public Works has cautioned road users about cracks that have appeared close to the side of the road between Danielskuil and Kuruman.

In January 2017, a 300-metre long and 30-metre deep natural sinkhole formed close to the R31 road between the two Northern Cape towns.

The giant sinkhole developed on the farm Mount Carmel, about 55 kilometres south of Kuruman on the Danielskuil road, following heavy summer rains.

Department spokesperson Crystal Robertson said on Monday that they are closely monitoring the situation after cracks recently appeared in the ground. “A team is currently on site.”

She said that warning signs had been erected to caution road users.

“We are concerned about the safety of all road users and we request everybody’s co-operation in adhering to the warning signs. Road users are requested to please reduce their speed when entering the designated area.”

Robertson added that a photograph of a car that had driven into a sinkhole that is circulating on social media is “fake news”.

“We request members of the public to refrain from spreading malicious information and instilling fear. The department will keep everyone informed with updates as the situation is continually changing.”

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