Dirt blocks canal

2017-03-14 16:41
The canal in Roscommon Road has residents worried about the dirt that is piling up.

The canal in Roscommon Road has residents worried about the dirt that is piling up. (TIYESE JERANJI)

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Heathfield residents are accusing the City of Cape Town of dragging its feet when it comes to service delivery in their area.

Last year, the residents complained about uncut grass and now they are worried about a canal that has become a home to vagrants and a spot for dumping.

A canal in Roscommon Road has become a cause of concern. With winter approaching the residents are worried the dirt in the canal will lead to flooding. Their main concern for now is that the canal is a breeding spot of rodents. The smell that comes out of there is apparently terrible.

A resident who stays close to the canal but spoke to People’s Post on condition of anonymity, says the City continues to turn a deaf ear to their concerns.

“We have been complaining about this for a long time. No-one has even bothered to listen to us. I can’t even enjoy the comfort of my own house because of the smell and the rats that are paying us a visit all the time.

“The officials are not worried because they don’t deal with this. This is right on my doorstep and we have to suffer all the time. They must pull up their socks and clean up this mess. They talk about the City that delivers but looks like they deliver to the rich few and us, we have to suffer,” he says.

Enver Maneveld, chairperson of the Phew neighbourhood watch, says the matter has been reported but no-one has been sent out to clean it.

“Looks like no-one really comes to the party from the City’s side. A resident who stays close by has to deal with mosquitoes, rats running in and out of there. It’s just too dirty; something has to be done.

“Apart from making the place dirty it also makes it difficult for us to fight crime because people are hiding there. We have heard screams come from there at about 02:30 in the morning, disturbing other residents. If it is kept clean none of this would be happening,” he says.

Enver says a further concern is that when it starts raining the dumped rubbish in the canal will be a problem.

“At the moment the mouth of the canal is blocked, water is not flowing. We are calling on the City to clean this as a matter of urgency as this is getting out of hand,” he says.
Ward councillor Kevin Southgate says he is aware of the dirty canal and he has reported it.

“This canal will be cleaned up together with the other canal as it is part of the current winter preparedness cleanup operation. Illegal dumping that flows from upstream and vagrants who use the culverts as a place to sleep and store the things they collect are the main contributors to the dirt. After sorting what is recyclable, they dump the rest in the canal or leave it lying about and the wind ultimately blows it into the canal. We are urging residents to continue to keep an eye and report matters.”

To report issues to the City email contactus@capetown.gov.za or SMS 31373.

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