Do not dump in channels – City

2018-05-17 06:00
This channel was recently cleaned and the City of Cape Town has urged residents not to drop litter around and in it.PHOTO: velani Ludidi

This channel was recently cleaned and the City of Cape Town has urged residents not to drop litter around and in it.PHOTO: velani Ludidi

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Council has issued a plea to residents of the greater Lwandle and Nomzamo areas to refrain from dumping in and around drainage channels.

This could cause flooding in the areas, the City of Cape Town explained.

On Tuesday 1 May, incensed residents of Wag-’n-Bietjie informal settlement in Lwandle barricaded the entrance to the area with burning objects, claiming they are tired of living in flooded houses after the heavy rainfall at the end of April (“Enraged residents take to streets”, City Vision, 3 May).

When the City released a list of flooding hot spot areas, all the informal settlements in the Helderberg were excluded from the list.

On Friday 4 May, the City cleared the channel along Broadlands Road, and Anda Ntsodo, Mayoral Committee member for Area East, said workers had found materials that does not belong in the stormwater system (“Channel cleared of rubble”, City Vision, 26 April).

“Rubbish and other dumped material blocks stormwater drains along our roads and can also block canals,” he said.

“The blockages prevent water from draining away and results in flooding of roads and neighbourhoods if it rains. The public is urged to dispose of their refuse appropriately and not to dump it in the channels, sewers and stormwater systems,as this results in flooding of roads and neighbourhoods.”

Furthermore, Ntsodo said, an incident report provides a record that activates all emergency line departments.

“In this case, the City’s Informal Settlements Management Department has indicated that no incident was logged for Wag- ’n-Bietjie 1 and 2, and that this area is not prone to flooding,” Ntsodo explained.

The City is currently removing concrete ramps constructed by local residents in front of the stormwater catch-pit inlets which, Ntsodo said, prevents water from draining into these inlets.

At the time of the recent protest, Siyolise Sifili, a mother of four, said she was tired of living in a waterlogged shack. “Our electrical appliances and furniture have been damaged,” she said.

“We tried talking to the ward councillor, but he only made promises. We are tired of just talking while we continue to struggle.”

Residents also placed the blame the nearby channel and stormwater drainage system, which they claimed fails to drain the water adequately, directing it to their houses instead. V Share your views! Starting with the word “news”, SMS your opinion to 36909 at R1 per SMS. Alternatively write us a letter and send it to mzwanele.mkalipi@media24.com before Monday 21 May at 12:00.

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