‘Warriors’ help solve stinking problem

2013-07-08 00:00

A stinking problem

THE stench that hung in the air longer than usual in the Bisley/Oribi area last week was because of a sewage overflow — and the parties involved each

believed the other was responsible. Sewage swamped part of the Acacia Housing Estate, run by the Msunduzi Housing Association (MHA).

The municipality had said it was an MHA problem. However, Ivor Caldecott of MHA said after investigating he discovered it was not their problem.

Caldecott said the manhole that was overflowing was on an

adjoining site, which he believed was a sewerage servitude for the entire Bisley/Oribi area.

“We contacted the municipality since Wednesday last week and unfortunately they haven’t attended to it yet. The resultant effect is that it has swamped around one of our blocks and is filtering over a grass area of about 100 msq and going straight into our storm water culvert. You can imagine the stench of the excrement all over the show, never mind the health hazard to inquisitive kids,”

Caldecott said.

Witness Warriors contacted the municipality and within a day the problem was fixed and the air cleared.



a more workable system needed

Gillian Richardson’s complaint last week about her struggle to get her rates refund from Msunduzi

Municipality resulted in an outpouring of similar complaints.

Witness Warriors received

several calls from other residents who felt they were also being

given the runaround by the rates department. A few conveyancers also took the opportunity to air their frustrations. Clearly this is a problem that needs fixing. At this stage it appears that the delay could be with the passing of

payments in the internal auditors department.

The powers that be down at city hall need to give urgent attention to this problem. It will be one more positive step in the municipality’s current drive to become a more efficient


When in doubt — call your councillor

H.G. Soni of Mountain Rise wrote in to sing the praises of councillor Manilal Inderjit, who solved a three-year long problem in 24 hours.

Soni wrote that three-and-a-half years ago the municipality carried out repairs outside his house and in the process dug up his driveway. “Numerous calls and running from one person to

another was all futile. I was fed up with the indifference of the municipal employees and the

bureaucracy. I undertook a temporary repair but continued to badger the municipality but still to no avail,” he wrote.

Soni said that out of desperation he approached Inderjit and told him what was going on. He said within 24 hours of that

conversation his driveway was repaired professionally and he received an apology for the lengthy delay and inconvenience.

“Elected councillors need to take a page off Inderjith’s book and serve people at grassroots with zeal and sincerity,” Soni said.

• Residents need to remember that councillors are their representatives at the municipality and when there is a problem the ward councillor or the ward committee can be the first port of call.

If this does not work, complaints can be taken to the Speakers’ office or councillors who serve on the executive committee can be contacted. However,

Msunduzi council is currently in recess, so responses may be slow. Councillors and the staff are

expected back and hard at work by Monday July 16.

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