Shayamoya problem causes a stink

2017-06-16 06:00
Sewage runs down one of the Shayamoya streets. Photo: supplied

Sewage runs down one of the Shayamoya streets. Photo: supplied

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RESIDENTS of Shayamoya Township are angry about the unattended sewage that is running into their yards and streets, and blame Harry Gwala District
Municipality
officials who are responsible for water and sanitation in Kokstad.

Community member William Edward Abrahams said there is a blocked sewerage pipe in his yard and a sewer is leaking next to his house. Abrahams said officials from the municipality are doing nothing about sewerage problems in the
area.
“Many years ago I reported the problem to the Kokstad munici-
pality, but no one has attended to it. Children have skin rashes and I suspect it is because of sewage,” said Abrahams.

He said some of his neighbors left the area because of unbearable smell, and others have told their children not to play anywhere near the leaking sewerage pipes.

“It is upsetting to see municipal vehicles driving around Shayamoya and not solving the problem. I am coughing because of sewage and I am scared of getting a TB,” said Abrahams.

Shayamoya residents are also complaining about some water tanks that are empty and also blame the municipality.
An official from water and sanitation under Harry Gwala, who is not authorised to comment on the situation, told Fever there are two trucks responsible for water and sanitation in Kokstad, but they are not being used. He said the sanitation truck doesn’t have a driver and is kept at the sewerage work premises in
Kokstad.

He added there are many drivers who can drive it, but they are not instructed to do so by senior officials.
“Senior officials just sit in the
office without looking for ways of addressing or solving the sewage problems in Shayamoya.”

Harry Gwala District Municipality spokesperson, Zekhethelo Ndlovu condemns people that put waste material in drains and cause blockages.
She said the municipality is responsible for water spillages only in the streets not inside yards. She said the municipality will send plumbers to the area.

 

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