Houses built in non-residential areas in greater Edendale

2017-10-18 06:00

THE article published in the Echo on October 5 , “Houses built in non-residential area” refers.

As an organisation, Green Network, we are very concerned about the depletion of our wetlands in the Pietermaritzburg and surrounding areas, particularly in the greater Edendale communities.

Many land invaders live on floodplains which makes it seem as if they have forgotten that more than 165 people lost their lives during the 1995 floods in Pietermaritzburg.

Most of the areas affected by those floods were the Slangspruite informal settlement, Pata Stream, Wilgespruite and Mpeshane, which is known as Sinathing­ River.

The Sinathing River burst its river banks and water flooded all the houses of the people who live adjacent to Nyonithwelle Secondary School.

Recently a new house had been built on the same land that was flooded, and what is painful is the total depletion of our water sources, which is the wetland.

These people then settle on the floodplain that are to be flooded soon and the wetland will restore itself naturally.

The houses will wash away and this will affect the well-being and health of the people.

This land belongs to government not to private people, so the municipality­ and ward councillors have to do their work and stop making people vulnerable to situations such as this.

We are very concerned that councillors are involved in this type of land invasion through corruption.

They are putting our people into dangerous areas because of money and hunger.

SANDILE NDAWONDE

Green Network chairperson and secretariat

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