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Drowning in sewage

The Herculean problem of sewage spillage has escalated and reached the small community of Mountain View in Ward 4 near the N12.

The Herculean problem of sewage spillage has escalated and reached the small community of Mountain View in Ward 4 near the N12.

The sewage spill runs near the shacks of mostly aged community members and has been left unattended for more than two months.

Molehadi Tlhabanelo (74) said the spill is to blame for her failing health. ‘My family and I eat while there is this revolting stench. What can we do?, she asked the journalist helplessly. Andries Gabaya (69) added that the raw sewage runs through their yards when it rains. ‘I am constantly coughing because of the smell. We have reported this problem, however, nothing is being done.’

Another ailing resident, Sannah Motshwaiwa, said it has been almost three months that they have been forced to live next to the spillage. The limping grandmother said she suffers from high blood pressure and a continuous cough. ‘When the dogs bark at night, I also lie sleeplessly on my bed coughing. Our desperate cries are falling onto deaf ears. Nothing is being done to take away this rot,’ she said while pointing to the green, slimy water next to her fence.

Sannah Motshwaiwa has been living next to the spillage for almost three months. Photo: Selogile Leshage

A few minutes later, Bokamoso Mohapi (2) crossed the spillage by stepping on the stones residents placed to avoid walking into the dirty water. The toddler walks to a crèche and back with his parents every day, oblivious to the harmful water in the road.

Victor Boqo, the JB Marks mayoral spokesperson, reacted by saying that sewer spillages and maintenance are ongoing operational matters that the department of technical services deal with on a case-by-case basis as and when the community reports incidents. It is therefore difficult to put a time to the correction of the spill.

‘We must also point out that the spillage is often caused by foreign objects that people throw into the sewer system,’ he said.

‘The municipality has upgraded part of the sewer network in Ikageng Ext. 11 and thus alleviated some of the blockages. However, due to budgetary constraints, the whole network could not be upgraded.’

‘The Department of Technical Services has compiled a detailed report regarding the upgrading of the sewer network in Ikageng and this report will serve before Council soon,’ said Boqo.

 

https://www.citizen.co.za/potchefstroom-herald/44287/struggle-sewage-spills-continues/

 

https://www.citizen.co.za/potchefstroom-herald/50526/das-parliamentarian-intervenes-sewage-spill-crisis-ikageng/

 

 

 

 

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