‘Taking forever’ to fix leak

2016-08-16 06:00
Jan Burger is worried that water is being wasted and the City of Cape Town is dragging their feet to come out and fix the leak that has been going on for about two months.       PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

Jan Burger is worried that water is being wasted and the City of Cape Town is dragging their feet to come out and fix the leak that has been going on for about two months. PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

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Princess Vlei Civic Association chairperson Jan Burger is worried that the City of Cape Town is not coming to the party in addressing issues in their community.

Burger says for two months he has been trying to report a water leak at the corner of Pengem and Flintdale roads in Southfield – with no luck.

“This is very bad. Each time we get preached at on saving water and how our dams are low but here the water is running freely – non-stop. I reported it, but no-one was sent to fix it. This is a small leak, but it is taking forever to be fixed. We are losing so much water,” he says.

With City officials passing that intersection all the time, Burger says no one has bothered to stop and check what’s happening.

“The mentality that it’s not my department that has to stop. You work for the City. Even if it’s not your department, have a look and escalate it to the relevant department. It’s so sad. It’s like the City is sending a message saying just pay your rates and see,” he says.

The City had not commented at the time of going to print.

While People’s Post was conducting the interview at the site of the leak, three City vehicles drove past. None stopped to look at why the water was flowing.

“City trucks pass here all the time but, no-one has bothered to have a look. Maybe this is because they are from City Parks. But Kendal Road Water Depot is only 15 minutes away from here – including traffic. To stop the water from running, it will take them five minutes unless there is an underlying problem. From what I see it’s just a stop cock that needs to be replaced. It’s not that difficult. It looks like the councillors and officials all put their energy to elections and there is no one left to do the job. This is so bad,” says Burger.

Burger is also worried about the grass that is not cut in open spaces and the dirt that is piling up along the sidewalks.

“Something is really amiss with the City. We used to have people came out and cut the grass and cleaned so that sand and leaves don’t end up in the gullies, but I don’t remember the last time I saw these people. We do our part in keeping the area clean, but the City must also come to the party and take care of their responsibilities,” he says.

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