Overflowing drains ‘terrorise’ residents

2017-07-06 06:01
Sonwabo Manqabishane, resident, said something must be done with an overflowing drain on his street, in Brown’ Farm, Philippi.PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

Sonwabo Manqabishane, resident, said something must be done with an overflowing drain on his street, in Brown’ Farm, Philippi.PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

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Residents are angry as the drain in front of their houses has been overflowing since last year, in Brown’s Farm, Philippi.

Sonwabo Manqabishane, resident, said the bad smell and sight of human waste overflowing from a drain at Lubomvini Close, had terrorised them since sometime last year.

Manqabishane said officials from the City of Cape Town always come to unblock it, but it blocks again soon after they had left.

“We are facing a severe problem of a drain that is frequently overflowing daily. We must use bricks to get into our houses.

This overflowing drain is resulting to our kids to stay indoors and not attend to schools, causes a very bad smell and leads to growth of mosquitoes, which may lead to malaria and other illnesses.

Children in our community have already been affected by diarrhoea.

“We no longer breathe fresh air here,” Manqabishane said.

He said they have to send messages to 31373 and report the problem every week.

“City of Cape Town does come and minimize the problem, but it seems as if they do not know what the main cause of the overflowing drainage is.

“Something must be done before we get so badly affected,” he added.

Another resident, 34, who wished to remain anonymous, said they were told that the cause of the problem is a drain not far from Intsebenziswano High School, which cannot cope with the high demand of flowing of sewage in the area.

“We cannot even open our windows and door because the smell is very bad. We have to look our children in the houses, because they play in the sewage,” she said.

City Vision went to the area on Tuesday and found that workers from the city had been there to fix it on the day, but residents said that was just a temporal solution.

The City of Cape Town, said the spillages experienced over the past several weeks are due to inappropriate materials being disposed of into the sewerage system.

The city pleaded with residents to refrain from dumping inappropriate objects into the sewers as these systems are not designed to carry these items.

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