‘Monster’ tree raises concern in Sobantu

2015-09-10 06:00
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The giant pine tree that is causing house damage.

PHOTO: echo reporter The giant pine tree that is causing house damage.

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A “MONSTER” pine tree that is drastically growing at the Zondi premises has raised concern.

Lindiwe Zondi from Lembethe Drive in Sobantu says sometimes she has to sleep at her neighbours’ house because is frightened of the giant tree that has damaged her house.

“When I moved in here the tree was here, but as it grew I became concerned when it began causing cracks in the wall and floor, and now the situation has worsened. Underneath the floors there is water. Summer rains make the situation unbearable. All my rooms have cracks and I cannot put down mats because they become wet which causes a bad smell in the whole house,” said Zondi.

Her neighbour, Gugu Mkhize, has also become victim. Her house is next to Zondi’s and the tree roots are also cracking her house.

“I cannot extend my house. The roots have crossed from her house to mine. I am scared that if I extend the house I might make things worse. She has tried cutting it but can’t afford to cut it all down as it is very expensive and as a pensioner, it is a difficult situation,” said Mkhize.

Zondi said the last quote she got to have the tree cut down was R7 000. “That will be only the cutting of the tree. The roots will still be there. I cannot afford that. I have reported the matter to the ward councillor, so she knows. The only thing I can do is to cut the branches of the tree, but they grow back quickly,” she said

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