Stuck in a rut: no money to relocate thousands from Khutsong sinkholes
Merafong municipality needs more than R6.549bn to move families to safety
Almost a year after Khutsong residents on the West Rand were due to be relocated because of safety concerns over huge sinkholes, the project has hit a financial snag.
Only 840 families of the 26,583 living in the area, almost 65% of whose homes had been classified as high-risk and not suitable for human settlement, have been relocated to a safer area.
But even with the increased risk of sinkholes forming because of the soft dolomite rock underground, the Merafong municipality this week said “serious funding constraints” had brought the project to a halt...