City to install fence around Masi wetland

2016-02-23 06:00

The City’s council has been directed to install a fence to protect the wetlands area in Masiphumelele.

The provincial Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning issued the order, says Benedicta van Minnen, Mayco member for human settlements, to stop further encroachment of the informal settlement into the wetlands.

“It is important to protect the wetlands, which is an ecologically sensitive area. The recommendation has been made as a measure to protect the residents from flooding during the wet season, which makes the wetland uninhabitable,” she explains.

“The settlement is expanding into the wetland, which is an uninhabitable area. Household and human waste is being dumped there, which is threatening the ecological health of the wetland and the environmental health of the residents.”

The procurement of a contractor is underway, although no date has been set for the installation to begin.

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