Our actions just hurt ourselves

2016-08-24 06:00


THE idiom “shoot yourself in the foot” literally means to do something without intending to spoil a situation for yourself, but it actually does.

I have been reading with dismay, almost every week, of how sewage is flowing from manholes and freely running into residents’ yards, how children play in it, and how the stench is unbearable and causing sickness. I thought to myself the idiom “to shoot yourself in the foot” is true.

Who complains when sewage flows in the street and even to your door step, who complains when children and adults get sick from the stench? The community.

When you steal a manhole cover to sell it as scrap-metal for cash, you are “shooting yourself in the foot”.

When you dump your dead pet, be it a dog or a cat, into the sewage system and it causes a blockage, you “shoot yourself in the foot”.

When you idly look at children throwing stones into the sewage system without reprimanding them, you are “shooting yourself in the foot”.

Local government cannot use millions of rands to unblock and replace stolen equipment to repair the sewage infrastructure system.

I believe that money could have been used to improve service delivery for the people of Kimberley and other environs.

It is within your hands to stop sewage blockages and any other wrong activities.

Kindly report criminal activities related to infrastructure vandalism to the Department of Water and Sanitation’s (DWS) toll free hotline at 0800-200-200.

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