Uproar over neglect at Cedara

2010-10-20 00:00

THE mess and constant water cuts at Cedara College of Agriculture outside Pietermaritzburg have led to an outcry by students and employees.

They say the problems, which threaten their health, receive little attention from the college management and the Agriculture and Environmental Affairs Department.

The college shares its premises with the MEC for Agriculture and Environmental Affairs, Lydia Johnson.

The head of the department, Sizwe Mkhize, also has offices there.

The floors of the dairy section, which is used for practical lessons by students, are littered with cow dung because the section has been without water. And the village where the employees live is full of rubbish, which has not been collected for months.

Water running down the road just outside the dairy section has become a common occurrence since a pipe burst about two months ago.

Students say they were without water in their taps for almost the whole month of September.

They say a water truck provides their water, which they cannot drink because it looks dirty.

“We were told that a pressure machine was broken, which is why we could not get water. We could only use the water from the tanker for bathing and laundry and we struggle to get water for drinking,” said one student.

An employee at the dairy showed The Witness the poor state of hygiene and said the management has known for more than a month that there is no water to clean it.

“This place is supposed to be clean since it is used by students for their practical lessons. Since we ran out of water, students have not been coming here,” said the employee.

Employees who live at the village said the department, which owns the property, does not bother to collect rubbish, although the college deducts rent of R500 from their monthly salaries.

“Where does the money go if no one bothers to clean our village? People are allowed to dump rubbish everywhere without fear of being reprimanded,” said another employee.

Department spokesperson Zakhele Nyuswa denied that the college is facing problems with water and mess.

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