River runs red in Edendale

2012-08-20 00:00

RESIDENTS of the KwaNoshezi area in Edendale are utterly baffled by what they have termed their very own “blood river”.

Siyabonga Ngubane, a resident and local student, said they noticed a river known as the “Umpentshane” was flowing red last Tuesday.

“I was called by my family to see the river. When I got there, I saw that it was very red. It did not look like chemicals or blood.

“The area where the river flows is very rural and there are no industries nearby. We can’t explain this.”

While the river water is no longer “stained”, residents like Nkosinathi Mncwabe are concerned that livestock may have consumed the water.

“It is the first time this has happened — and our family has been living here since 1979. We could not establish the starting point.

“There was no funny smell … but we were afraid to taste it. The residents are shocked and everyone is talking about it,” Mncwabe said.

Ngubane added that some school pupils cross the river on a daily basis.

Mncwabe and Ngubane said that, to their knowledge, residents had not contacted the relevant authorities.

Meanwhile, in a separate incident, another city resident, Marlene Daly, told The Witness that she and other residents were surprised to find a stream that flows into the Dorpspruit near Clarendon was flowing orange last Thursday around midday.

“It was a large volume of orange-coloured water. The stream has since returned to normal flow and colour, but there is still orange sediment on the river bed,” Daly said.

Mava Scott of the Department of Water Affairs said the public should phone their hotline at 0800 200 200 to report such occurrences.

Doug Burden, general manager of the NGO Duzi-uMngeni Conservation Trust (Duct), said they will follow up both incidents today.

He added that residents can report such matters to Duct by contacting them on 033 345 7571 or by­ e-mailing info@duct.org.za.

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