KZN monitors sewage spill

2012-10-09 15:34

Durban - Recurring sewage spills were being monitored on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast, the environmental affairs department said on Tuesday.

"The department was first notified of the sewage overflow from the Margate pump station 4A on 28 June," spokesperson Mava Scott said.

A site inspection was conducted and the Ugu district municipality was issued a verbal warning.

The department instructed the municipality to close Margate beach to the public and deal with the effects of the pollution on the environment, Scott said.

Another inspection was conducted after Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife complained about sewage overflow from the same pump station on 5 September.

"The department then issued the Ugu district municipality with a written directive on 2 October instructing the municipality to conduct an assessment of all sewage infrastructures within their area of jurisdiction, and to develop a plan of action to refurbish or construct new infrastructure where necessary in order to prevent the recurring incidents," he said.

In August a sector appraisal committee recommended that R24.5m be spent on replacing the sewer pipeline and upgrading the Margate pump station.

  • Desilusionada - 2012-10-09 16:07

    Ever heard of forward planning? Preventative maintenance? Demographics analysis? Statistics? Engineering? Little thing called a B u d g e t? Oh sorry, I apologize. I forgot. The EE candidates are still at school and you do not have the funds for the upgrades, as all the money was spent on the retrenchment packages of the skilled employees which were there in the 1st instance...

      alfred.neumann.142 - 2012-10-09 16:35

      That's a bit harsh Desilusionada, obviously they've heard about things like forward planning. They've been planning the Christmas bonuses they're going to give themselves since January.

  • christopher.shining - 2012-10-09 16:15

    So how is the monitoring going? Do you need some cookies and tea while you monitor? But can you tell us when you finish your monitoring and when you plan to move to plan B, by getting off your fat A**es and implementing a plan to actually fix the problem, which you need to go to the boardroom and eat cookies and tea to discuss what you monitored so you can actually fix the problem(did I say that already, it somewhat reminds me of the government-they go around in circles)

      p.borchard - 2012-10-09 16:25

      As if this was a stand alone spill... Is there a single beach in South Africa that can claim not to be in the same sorry state? The overfed lazy useless ignorant dof overpaid uneducated pathetic money grabbing crooks who Took Over the running of our municipalities have absolutely no clue how to do the necessary jobs to keep the infrastructures going. WHEN IS ALL OF THIS GOING TO COME TO AN END!!!??? Do we have to all go the route Sannieshof did to keep our towns running?

  • Eterni80 - 2012-10-09 16:24

    oh yuck, just it's bad enough having the anc running the country (into the ground) can you just imagine having the smell of them permeating through the afternoon air..

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-09 16:55

    Well we are experts at monitoring and observing, we just fall a little short of ever doing something to prevent and/or rectify. Anyway, I'm sure the monitoring and observing will go very well, according to plan, and should solve all the problems.

  • roger.kaputnick.90 - 2012-10-09 18:28

    Dont monitor it, FIX IT. It wont fix itself.

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