Durban's sewerage system 'overflowing'

2011-11-30 07:24

Durban - The eThekwini Municipality has issued a health warning following the flooding of its sewerage system in the heavy rain of the past month.

The sewerage posed a health risk because of high levels of bacteria, said spokesperson Thabo Mofokeng.

Mofokeng advised residents to avoid swimming at beaches near river mouths, in river water and in stormwater drains.

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  • Xavier7034 - 2011-11-30 07:42

    Kimberley (Sol Plaatjes), Tswahne, Delmas, Durban, Houses of Parliament - all overflowing with Sh.....! When will this inept crowd make us feel proud of being South Africans?

  • Richard - 2011-11-30 07:56

    I live in Durban and the rain reminded me of cyclone Demoina in 1988. Scary!

      Richard - 2011-11-30 08:00

      Sorry, it was in fact in 1984.

      Maai - 2011-11-30 13:36

      1987 I think.

  • Anthony - 2011-11-30 07:56

    swim in a storm waterdrain? what????

      Gees - 2011-11-30 08:17

      had the same thought, maybe really small people

  • janjohanwim - 2011-11-30 07:59

    hahahahaha. the good old Durban curry masala has copped the high and mighty to their bottoms. global warming??? at least there is clear and present danger to be discussed in hotel lobbies now!!

  • sirgreglawson - 2011-11-30 08:02

    I wonder if Durban will be able to COP

  • arthur.e.dixon - 2011-11-30 08:04

    Drove through some of it yesterday bewteen Bellair and Westwood Mall. Needless to say there were mountains of rubbish being removed from blocked manholes.

      Johan Grobbelaar - 2011-11-30 08:59

      I live in Bellair and drive past Westwood Mall everyday. I didn't see it.

  • Mike - 2011-11-30 08:13

    This is nothing new - as in 2008 all Blue Flag Beaches were withdrawn in Durban. Water quality problems robbed Bay Beach of its status, while North Beach's shabby toilet facilities and sand areas led to its flag being lowered. This is all part of Durban's plan to "COPe" with the environment - as there is no plan. Sewerage has been pumped into the sea for a long time - so I am a little surprised about the timing of this warning? And who swims in stormwater drains???

      Jerome Schofield - 2011-11-30 08:29

      Children who don't have access to swimming pools...

  • Lee - 2011-11-30 08:22

    I take it drinking tap water is safe?

      Maai - 2011-11-30 13:57

      I have lived on the East Coast for 40 years and drink about 3 litres of tap water daily. Have never had a problem. @Margie stop listening to nutjob health shop owners or others peddling useless little filter systems or filthy bottled borehole water. Go visit Umgeni Water sometime and learn something.

  • jubalizer - 2011-11-30 08:25

    Leave home for 4 months. Come back and surf Umgeni last night and this morning. Win.

  • Gary - 2011-11-30 08:31

    so this has nothing to do with the poor service and maintenance done to the system???

  • jonvanzetten - 2011-11-30 08:44

    These COP 17 delegates are full of sh..t.

  • EttieneC - 2011-11-30 08:46

    It was apartheid!

  • Daft - 2011-11-30 08:47

    So what you saying is that if you want to see the Durban Councilors working, we must go to the river mouths ??

  • Fenderbender - 2011-11-30 08:52

    I enjoy it when the world gets a real look at what the situation is in SA, They get fed all these lies about growth and prosperity, but any semi educated SA citizen knows that is not the story. Now the world will have a televised version of the truth. COP 17 does have a purpose - Free Worldwide Publicity

  • David - 2011-11-30 08:58

    they have got rid of expertise in municipality's and now employ people that have no idea of how to run waste treatment plants and water treatment plants corruption rules in this banana republic of Africa Get the right people back and stop blaming nature we will always have rain, floods etc

  • brendon.lieberz - 2011-11-30 09:06

    I see another name change. Money well spent else where again.....

  • andre.roux007 - 2011-11-30 09:36

    Is Durban in for a sh@tty xmas?

  • gembleton1 - 2011-11-30 09:41

    Richard Demoina was in 1988 not 1984

  • Erich - 2011-11-30 09:52

    I think the organizers of COP 17 should show the delegates how the leading nation in Africa is treating sewerage. I think our Ministers should think twice before preaching for the other nations.

  • JohnnyBGood - 2011-11-30 10:14

    So they are full of shait ?

  • Vince.York - 2011-11-30 10:28

    Last trip through Durban showed only a horrifying spike in the number of dangerous street-kids lurking around the inner city areas in NOT small gangs. How can the authorities accept such a tragic situation which once entrenched and networked back to all the lowest earning settlements will be irreversible.

  • terencepalmerau - 2011-11-30 10:33

    Nothing Changes...

  • Hans - 2011-11-30 10:42

    Malema's mouth has been spewing sewage for several years now and there is no end in sight.

  • Perfume - 2011-11-30 12:08

    I have never heard of anyone swimming in stormwater drains!

  • sorryson3 - 2011-11-30 13:29

    Sewerage overflowing, oil pollution on the Northern beaches, R2.4 Billion to Swaziland, Rhino poaching, taxi related deaths, rail infrastructure collapse, copper cable theft, power cuts, OBE education, street name changes, Moses Mabida Stadium ( and the rest )Black Tuesday, petrol price increases, road tolls,farm murders,Nigerian drug lords,rape and woman and children abuse, ...... anyone care to add to these.....

      Maai - 2011-11-30 13:36

      Hijacking, corrupt ministers, tender fraud, Malema, police bribes, missing dockets, broken traffic lights, potholes,AIDS, rape, mugging...

  • WonderWomanZA - 2011-12-06 07:26

    In Sarnia Road there is a sewer drain overflowing. There is human excrement and toilet paper all over the road! It was so disgusting that I almost threw up as I walked past it this morning! I've never seen so much human poop in my life!

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