Stagnant canal causes grief in Brown’s Farm

2018-05-10 06:01
A dirty pond near Siyanyanzela informal settlements in Brown’s Farm , Philippi.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

A dirty pond near Siyanyanzela informal settlements in Brown’s Farm , Philippi.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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Residents from Siyanyanzela informal settlement in Browns Farm in Philippi are appealing to the City of Cape Town to clean and fence a nearby pond as a safety net against child diseases.

They said they’ve been requesting the City on numerous occasions to surround it but their request has fallen on deaf ears.

“The pond has dirty(stagnant) water and stinks. Sometimes when people are done with their washing, they throw the dirty water in there, including rubbish. Our children are not safe because they are playing in there. We don’t sleep at night because of rats coming from that pond to our shacks,” said Nombongo Mkhanzi.

She added that they want the City to clean it and cut the reeds.

“Last year we found a body of an unknown person dumped here. And people get robbed especially during the weekend when they passing here at night,” said Mkhanzi.

Nokhwezi Ngqalityala lambasted the City for dragging their feet accusing it of discrimination.

“Our lives don’t matter to the City. They only know if we are humans when they need our votes. They (the City officials) cannot stay here. The stench that comes here is unbearable especially when it’s hot,” said Ngqalityala adding that their councillor knows about the pond.

She said her sister’s children have a rash because of the pond. “The City must do something because other people relieve themselves here at night,” said the mother of two children.

Ward 80 Councillor Nkululeko Mgolombane said he had reported the pond to City officials, who have so far ignored his requests.

“The pond has been like that since 2016, when I became a councillor. I have even sent them pictures to show them how it looks like, but they don’t respond. We are waiting for the City to approve the budget to clean and fence it,” said Mgolombane.

He confirmed that people were robbed and others were killed and then dumped in the pond. But, he vowed to put pressure on the City’s officials to clean for a response.

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