Sewer system changes lives

2017-09-07 06:00
Gregory Saaiman of CA Holdings explaining the project to Anda Ntsodo, the City of Cape Town’s mayoral committee member for Area East (right), on Monday, in Kuyasa.PHOTO: MBONGISENI mASEKO

Gregory Saaiman of CA Holdings explaining the project to Anda Ntsodo, the City of Cape Town’s mayoral committee member for Area East (right), on Monday, in Kuyasa.PHOTO: MBONGISENI mASEKO

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Kuyasa residents were in a clebratory mood after the completion of a sewer project, which they claim would change their lives.

Anda Ntsodo, the City of Cape Town’s mayoral committee member for Area East, was also impressed during the inspection of the Kuyasa Sewer Project on Monday.

Ntsodo said this came about after residents have been complaining of sewage spills in the area, as a result of frequent drain blockages.

“We responded to complaints from residents that sewage was repeatedly blocking ... Which was a health hazard for residents. The number of residents has increased over the years, thus putting pressure on the sysytem, which could no longer hold.

We have put in larger pipes and made bigger holes in the drainage system

We are going to roll-out the project to other areas where there is a similar problem,” Ntsodo said.

He also thanked residents for their cooperation while work was under way.

Ntsodo said the project is also addressing the environmental issue.

An amount of R806 685.00 was spent on this project which started on 01 April and was completed on 31 August.

The sewer lines previously ran beneath private properties, making access for repairs and maintenance challenging.

Veliswa Poni, one the residents said: “We have been living in very bad conditions with sewage flowing on our streets. Drain blockages were an everyday thing here. We are very happy now. This project also created job opportunities for us,” Poni said.

Poni said their lives have changed for the better.

Residents who would like to report blocked manholes or sewer overflows can contact the City’s call centre on 0860 103 089, or by sending an SMS to 31373.

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