Sewage is a hot topic

2011-04-22 00:00

SEWAGE is a hot electioneering issue in Mpophomeni. Yesterday the MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta), Nomusa Dube, announced R5,2 million funding towards the upgrading of the Mpophomeni waste water works.

This amount is part of a R14,1 million infrastructure funding programme that the provincial Cogta is giving to the uMgungundlovu District Municipality. The money will also go to water projects in Richmond, Mooi Mpofana, Impendle and Mkambathini.

A function to mark the occasion was held at Whaza Village in uMngeni yesterday. MEC Nomusa Dube told the gathering, “With this money we are saying that people in the district have the right to clean water all the time and to toilets.”

The Cogta event comes barely three weeks after the Democratic Alliance visited Mpophomeni and highlighted the problem of overflowing sewage in the township.

Dube used the occasion to do her own bit of campaigning. She said that with the approaching elections, “there are people who don’t even know how water is fetched from the river or how to fetch wood, who do not know what it is like to stay in shacks and RDP houses”.

“They are going door to door to get votes in order to bar ordinary people from moving into the communities of the rich.”

Dube added that recently there was an outcry when the ANC government said land should be made available for housing in upmarket suburbs like Umhlanga, Durban North, Sandton and Hilton. “What is surprising is that these people want the votes of people who earn less and those of people who stay in shacks, townships and rural areas, but they don’t want the very same people to live with them in their upmarket suburbs.”

Talk of upgrading the decommisioned Mpophomeni waste water treatment plant started more than four years ago. In 2008 a R30 million project was announced to solve Mpophomeni’s sewage problems as well as handle increased effluent from the new housing developments being established in the Howick/Merrivale area.



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