Resident’s 16-year ‘flood’ battle

2016-08-04 06:00
Bhekabantu Sangweni in his flooded yard. Photos: vusi mthalane

Bhekabantu Sangweni in his flooded yard. Photos: vusi mthalane

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A MELVILLE resident has exhausted all avenues in his bid to get the municipality - or anyone - to fix a 16-year-long battle with flooding at his home every time there are torrential rains.

Bhekabantu Sangweni’s house is at the end of Riverside Road, bordering Khoshwane River.

“Since 2000, all the houses at the end of this road get flooded every time there is heavy rain and the river bursts its bank,” he said. Sangweni’s story first appeared in the Fever of 15 August, 2014 and at that time Hibiscus Coast Municipality spokesperson Simon April said an investigation was to be done to find a solution to the flooding.

“I am not aware of any investigation that took place since that article in the Fever,” said Sangweni.

Sangweni said he lost furniture after the flooding and has spent thousands over the years trying to fix the situation.

He said the river needs to be channelled properly so that water does not reach the houses.

When Fever visited Sangweni’s home, the water­ was ankle deep in the yard and all the house rooms were flooded.

“We even got together as neighbours and submitted a memorandum of our concerns to HCM, but we have never heard anything from them since.”

After reporting the matter to his local councillor many times, Sang- weni said he understands the municipality that has a budget to undertake the re-channelling of the river water.

At the time of going to press, April had not responded to questions sent to him.

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