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Residents raise concerns over state of Mbango river

With the bridge also in tatters, it is no longer just a health hazard, but a danger as well to motorists and pedestrians.

Frustration, fatigue and disgust are but a few of the emotions experienced by residents of wards 17 and 18 in Mbango near Marburg.

According to resident Sivy Kalkapersad, the pollution in the Mbango river that flows through wards 17 and 18 has become unbearable to those living in and around the area.

With the bridge also in tatters, it is no longer just a health hazard, but a danger as well to motorists and pedestrians.

A meeting was recently held at the site by residents, along with ward councillors Doug Rawlins and Ajith Rajaram.

“We wanted to talk about the pollution, especially the sewage or chemicals that leave a strong stench throughout the day, that only gets stronger at night and you can't even open your windows,” Kalkapersad said.

“This entire area is polluted and it goes up to the top near Lions Grove. The other problem is the litter. We don't ever seem to be cleaning or picking litter. But then the residents don't help too because sometimes they are the ones littering,” said resident Jimmy Naicker.

Rawlins expressed that he had also been following up on a similar issue in Valley road, where the municipality (Ray Nkonyeni) had not done anything to fix the area that had been heavily damaged by rains.

Overhanging trees have also posed a major problem, and Kalkapersad expressed that he took the initiative to cut some of them for public safety.

A decision was reached at the meeting and an interim committee known as the Ward 17/18 Residents' Association has been established to work alongside the Mbango Valley River Conservancy, and the councillors to address any issues with the state of the river and neighbourhood infrastructure.

The first meeting will take place on Saturday (18th).

A petition has been drawn up and will be sent around to members of the community to help speed up the process that requires immediate attention. Those who would like to attend the meeting or sign the petition can contact Kalkapersad on 079 7034178.

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