Residents say rats and sewage are a part of daily life in Dunoon

2018-08-02 11:36
Dunoon resident Madlomo Ndamane sweeps away overflowed sewage in front of her home. She says her road is often flooded with sewage due to blocked drains in the area. (Peter Luhanga, GroundUp)

Dunoon resident Madlomo Ndamane sweeps away overflowed sewage in front of her home. She says her road is often flooded with sewage due to blocked drains in the area. (Peter Luhanga, GroundUp)

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Madlomo Ndamane says she spends most of her day sweeping away sewage water at the entrance to the one-roomed shack where she lives with her six young foster children.

The public sewer drains are blocked near her home at Mnandi Avenue, Dunoon, Cape Town. Nearly every morning she wakes up to a road littered with human faeces and rubbish, GroundUp reports.

Directly behind her home are rows of communal toilets. When GroundUp visited Ndamane in July, she was outside her shack, raking dirt and foul-smelling water from the entrance. Nearby, young children were seen playing in the dirty water.

Resident Phila Mbono says her creche is also suffering because parents do not want to "expose their children to an unhealthy environment like this".

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Mbono says that when the public drains are blocked, sewage bubbles up in her toilet, shower and kitchen sink.

Rere Maleiane, who owns a hair salon, said: "We walk through raw sewage, and speeding taxis splash us with sewage. When we return home, we come with the stench. The smell is all over the houses and in our blankets. It's everywhere.”

Residents say they have been reporting the problem to the City of Cape Town for the past two months.

Xanthea Limberg, Mayoral Committee Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services said the City "worked diligently to unblock the sewers in Dunoon".

"The recent illegal occupation of the sports field site has closed access for sanitation vehicles trying to access and service the sand traps and mainline under the field, which is exacerbating problems in the area," she said.

Limberg said the City has set aside a R5m budget to reroute sewers to resolve the recurring blockages in Dunoon. She said the blockages were caused by manholes being vandalised and foreign objects dumped in the sewer system.

Residents also complain that uncollected rubbish stored in shipping containers on the roadside has caused a rat and cockroach infestation. Mbono says at night, rats often ransacked her groceries and "nibbled on children's toes in bed".

She said rat poison, which was meant to be provided by the City, was being sold at a local spaza shop.

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Mayoral committee member for social services JP Smith said the City's environmental health team investigated the claims and confiscated packages of rat poison being sold illegally at a local spaza shop.

"An investigation will be launched into the source of the poison, but there is no indication at this stage that the illegally-packaged poison was obtained from the City," he said.

Limberg added that the City's health department was aware of the rat concerns in Dunoon.

She said the City has installed an additional 570 block-baiting points throughout the Dunoon area in the past financial year and a further 77 points in Dunoon since July 1.

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