Millions budgets for infrastructure repairs Millions budgeted for infrastructure repair and maintenance

2016-09-28 06:00


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THE community of KwaDukuza and surrounding areas have been calling for the district municipality to ensure that it carries out its responsibility for maintaining water and sanitation infrastructure and deliver on its commitments to communities.

This appeal has been made continuously on social media and the Weekly has been inundated with telephone calls from residents, over a period of time, complaining about these ‘inhumane’ living conditions resulting from burst water pipes and sewers.
According to some complainants, in some instances, the flowing water or human waste runs into yards, driveways, pavements, and roads.

Some residents raised complaints about the municipality’s seemingly delayed response time and at times, complainants claim, failure to attend to such situations, which is alarming as this amounts to water wastage at a time of drought.

An example of when communities were forced to endure human waste spewing from a blocked or burst sewage pipes or tanks into the open could be witnessed on Balcomb Street, in the KwaDukuza CBD, where the burst sewers overflowed right in front of businesses onto the pavement for several months.

This, however, has since been attended to and fixed by the municipality.

Communications manager for iLembe District Municipality Zee Nqala said when the municipality receives a complaint about burst or leaking water pipes and, or, sewers, the response time that the municipality has set is 48 hours after receiving a complaint regarding water and 24 hours for one concerning sewers.

With regards to what caused the delay with addressing the overflowing sewer on Balcomb Street, Nqala said: “Balcomb Street was responded to within 24 hours of receiving the call, but the issues were not resolved immediately because they were bigger than we anticipated.

“The overflow at Balcomb was a result of sewer pipe blockage at a property along the railway line.

“The access to the blockage was limited by the scrap yard dealer who had packed his scraps all over our servitude.

“It took us some time to remove all the rubble including scraps that were in the pipeline, thereafter the pipe was accessed and repairs carried out.

“The honey sucker was deployed on a daily basis in the area to remove the excess sewer that was overflowing in the area.”

She said that water reticulation rehabilitation projects are being carried out in places such as Townview, the southern section of the Central Business District and Newtown, adding that some of these projects have already been concluded.
Examples of areas where these projects have been completed are Stanger Manor, Stanger Heights, Blythedale, and Zinkwazi, she said.

Nqala said the district municipality’s total budget for infrastructure repairs and maintenance in the district is R29.6 million for the 2016/17 financial year.

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