Apies River declared a disaster area

2011-11-09 19:59

Cape Town - The department of water affairs on Wednesday declared the Apies River north of Pretoria, a disaster area.

A large quantity of raw sewage has been pouring into the river, located near the Rooiwal sewage treatment plant.

The department reached the decision at a recent meeting and insisted that the Tshwane Metro Council take urgent steps to resolve the problem, according to AfriForum, who petitioned the council to address the crisis.

The council has earmarked R11m for maintenance and upgrading of the treatment plant

Afriforum claims that the problems at the Rooiwal sewage works are largely the result of inadequate planning and mismanagement

"Another big problem is the insufficient maintenance of water treatment plants by municipalities that is partially due to the prevalence of corruption at municipalities," a statement from the group said.

  • Stinkhout - 2011-11-09 20:12

    Is daar 'n drol in die drinkwater?

      Spyker - 2011-11-09 21:15

      Absolutely Stink.., But none greater than what these stone-age retards are doing to the SAcan economy. Read the articles below and weep. There was a time when SA's economy was one of the strongest in the WORLD - eg a currency stronger than the USA. Now they are taking SA back to where it was found a few hundred years ago - A STONE-AGE WILDERNESS. Evidently, it is not only the Apies river we should be concerned about, but the Apies in the government...

  • Oneant - 2011-11-09 20:20

    the entire government should be declared a disaster area.

  • Atholl - 2011-11-09 20:23

    'inadequate planning and mismanagement' ... this is the same office that spent all its planning on name-changes Change the name sewage ... it's too european/imperialistic plan and manage a new word.

  • Chloe - 2011-11-09 20:27

    That terrible name ( apies ) from the old regime should now be changed !! Think we should honour our struggle hero's and call it Malema River ??

      Daniel - 2011-11-10 12:38

      What about SH*TSTREET !!

  • guy.mullins1 - 2011-11-09 20:38

    Chloe, it is already named after the ANCYL.

  • Sharon - 2011-11-09 20:47

    Lack of maintenance to the sewerage system has led to cracks in the dams and the sewerage leaking into and contaminating the water table. I don't drink water from a tap anymore..

  • marina.poniatowska - 2011-11-09 20:48

    Isn't it horrific that SA has gone from a country with some of the cleanest drinking water, the best roads and the best education system in the world to a place where we have issues like this. Makes you wonder what went wrong, where???

      Alva - 2011-11-09 22:07

      We know what went wrong. Mismanagement under a corrupt government! Wonder if the electorate will ever be concerned enough about crap in the water to vote for another party?

      Hunter - 2011-11-10 07:44

      It looks like it went wrong with a referendum a few years ago...

  • Johan - 2011-11-09 21:37

    Viva die beheer van die ANC, da gaan al die drolle na die see, (ai net Mal emma wat agterbly), want grand karre moet almal ry, Meneer wie sal tog weer vir ons land omgee?

  • Marc - 2011-11-10 07:01

    Its all very well blowing R11m on the plant. What is needed is for "people" to do their work. You know, the ones that are permanently "unavailable" when you phone the dept of water affairs? Especially the very important ones that drive SUVs and would rather slit their wrists than drink tap water.

  • pws69 - 2011-11-10 07:16

    Over 90% of Sewerage plants are in a state of disrepair, so is anyone surprised. About 3 years ago the DA did a comprehensive study on the Percy Stewart plant servicing Krugersdorp and surrounds (please rename this after some ANC struggle bunny urgently, as that would be more fitting) and three years later nothing has been done about it. Basically, then of the 29 million litres of sewerage pumped into the plant daily, only 14 million was actually processed. The rest run into Hartebeespoort Dam. This year, all crops grown downstream from the dam were banned from export to Europe. Ah, who am I kidding here. Sewerage works are obviously a colonialist plot to undermine the ANC and should all be shut down. Right? RIGHT?

  • swavka - 2011-11-10 07:23

    Well since 1994 "Maintenance" has gone down the drain, that is why the environment is now suffering. Someone start a "Maintenance" business and go where ever you are needed, it will create plenty jobs - won't make you a fortune (or maybe it will) and the work will get done. As you have noticed maintenance work is way beneath ANC and all their chommies. This river used to be awesome running through Pretoria, and after the first rains it was great - remember all rivers lead somewhere, so this rot is flowing somewhere. Wonderful! ANC litany for the environment - Destroy! Destroy! Destroy! If they can't make any money out of it they really don't care.

  • Fenderbender - 2011-11-10 09:26

    No new news, the number and extend of environmental disasters and mismanagement is staggering, we have the laws but nobody wants enforce it, because it requires accountability and conflict. The majority of our rivers are not fit for human consumption, mining groups misusing our most valuable resource (water) and industry polluting the air Just another collapsed system of Siff Africa, money is better than health !

  • ludlowdj - 2011-11-10 10:06

    "inadequate planning and mismanagement" are synonymous with the name of the ruling party, this will not change or get better, how long will it take the masses in this country to realize that their only future does not include the ANC

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