Channel cleared of rubble

2018-04-26 06:01
The City of Cape Town has moved swiftly and cleared the rubble which blocked water flow at a channel close to Desert informal settlement.PHOTO: velani ludidi

The City of Cape Town has moved swiftly and cleared the rubble which blocked water flow at a channel close to Desert informal settlement.PHOTO: velani ludidi

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City Vision readers are happy after their pleas for a clogged channel to be cleared was heard.

Last week the newspaper published an article where residents from Desert informal settlement threatened to protest if the municipality did not clear the blocked channel along Broadlands Road (“‘Clean-up or we will take to the streets’”, 19 April).

Rubble clogged the channel, blocking water from flowing and residents claimed this affected them with water flowing into their houses when the rain falls.

On Friday 20 April, the City of Cape Town moved swiftly and cleared the rubble which blocked the channel.

“If we sat here and waited for them to come clear this, they would not have come,” says Xolelwa Mkile, who was furious when interviewed about the state of the channel last week.

“We are happy that it is cleared. Now the rainwater will not come into our houses. It is still disappointing that we had to threaten the municipality with prosest action before they took action,” she said.

On Monday, the Helderberg and other areas in the Cape experienced good rainfall and weather experts predict more rain could for the drought-stricken Cape Town.

Faniswa Tima (36) told City Vision they also have a responsibility to ensure no rubble is dumped in the channel.

“We have to work with the authorities and make sure that the channel is kept clean, because we all know what happens when water cannot get through. We are really pleased that they came quickly to do this and we would like to thank City Vision for exposing it,” she said.

The clearing of the channel came at a perfect time because the shacks would have experienced floods after Monday’s rainfall. The City recently identified 29 hotspots which can be affected by flooding when the rain continues to pour down, but no area in the Helderberg was included on the list. This came as a shock to locals, as areas such as Pholile, Masakhane and Nkanini informal settlement were flooded after heavy rains in the past.


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