Crèche affected by septic tank ‘spill’

2016-11-17 06:01
PHOTOs:preciousgumede Archbishop Madlala stands in the wet and smelly spill that is coming from the clinic's septic tank.

PHOTOs:preciousgumede Archbishop Madlala stands in the wet and smelly spill that is coming from the clinic's septic tank.

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A CHURCH crèche in Murchison is unhappy with the condition the children have to play under due to a septic tank overflow in its yard.

The Name of God Church, also used as a crèche during the week, has been complaining about the spill that comes from KwaMbudane Clinic, also known as Murchison Clinic, for over two years, but nothing has been done.

Archbishop Madlala said the children have to be kept indoors all day to avoid exposure to the damp and muddy­ sewage spill.

He said the matter has been reported to the relevant departments several times.

“We have tried everything in the last two years.

“We reported it to the clinic sister, hospital management, the local councillor and even the municipality, but still the problem continues,” said Archbishop Madlala.

He said they have all seen the spill, but no action has been taken and now they fear that children will get sick.

“Children need to go outdoors and play, but because of that smelly and unhealthy water they can’t, it is really unhealthy and unfair for them,” he said.

Archbishop Madlala said all he asks is for Ugu or for the sewerage department to redirect the pipe of these septic tanks so that they don’t to spill out in their yard.

He said before the new clinic was built they never had a problem, but with the recently built building they have had this problem.

He said it is a great concern as the children have a graduation function coming up and they can’t have it outdoors because of the spill.

Ugu District Department of Health spokesperson Thabisile Ngcobo was contacted for comment and said the clinic had been provided with a septic tank system as an interim measure and a septic truck comes around when the septic tank is full to pump it out.

The clinic said recently, due to the recent heavy rains, the trucks could not come and that could be the cause of the sewage overflowing into the church yard.

Ngcobo said expansion of the septic tank is planned for next year.

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