‘We have a problem of water in this area: there is none’

2014-05-02 00:00

THE illegal dumping of rubbish, lack of water and electricity, housing and general lack of service delivery are the uppermost concerns for Ward 29 residents in Copesville ahead of next week’s elections.

Ward 29, also called Swapo, is a mixture of suburban houses, mud houses and shacks lining Greytown Road and Copesville main road.

Pointing the finger at the Msunduzi Municipality, residents say that while municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi is working hard to deliver services, he was being let down by some of his officials not delivering on promises.

“We had a meeting with the municipality about three months ago. Nkosi brought all the relevant departments including waste water and electricity and sat them in front [of us]. He told them what he wanted done and by when. They came and did a little and then disappeared,” said Sipho Malope.

“This area is being neglected. We have a park here but the children cannot use it because the grass is very tall.

“The grass around this area is only cut whenever the mayor or the elections are coming by; then you will see the municipal employees cleaning the area. After that, they disappear.”

Malope said illegal dumping was a problem. “The first issue is that some residents who live in the formal houses do not take their rubbish out on time on a Friday when the truck comes by to collect, and then later you will see them coming to dump on the open field.”

This was echoed by Bharats Maharaj, whose home is located in front of the wide area being used as a dump. “Almost daily we clean the rubbish and burn it.”

Malope said companies operating around the area were also using the side of the main road, close to houses, as a dumping site. “They also dump dead animals in there and the stench is coming towards the community,” he said.

Malope highlighted water as another concern. “We also have a problem of water in this area: there is none. There are just a few communal taps in the area.

“We also have the issue of electricity in this ward. There have been at least eight people killed by electricity and the municipality keeps saying they will put on the electricity and yet nothing ever happens,” he said.

He also cited the lack of housing in the area. “The last time there was any construction was when the IFP was still in charge …”

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