Tshwane residents at risk, says DA

2012-08-10 21:05

Pretoria - The Tshwane metro is exposing residents to a health hazard by not running sewage treatment plants properly, the Democratic Alliance said on Friday.

Citing the Green Drop Progress report released by the department of water affairs, DA spokesperson Darryl Moss appealed to the municipality to act.

"The report shows that for 13 out of the 17 Tshwane [sewage treatment] plants, the risk rating has increased," said Moss.

"These include the major plants like Baviaanspoort, Daspoort, Rietgat, Rooiwal East, Rooiwal North and Sandspruit."

The report revealed that in Gauteng, Tshwane had dropped from eighth position in 2011 to last position in 2012, going from a risk rating of 61% to 71%.

Moss said the DA was concerned about the "serious deterioration" of the metro’s operational capability.

He said the report indicated that in most of the troubled plants, effluent quality was identified as the highest risk area.

None of the plants attained acceptable compliance levels to finally discharge effluent into rivers.

"People using water from the rivers and streams, including farmers and informal settlement dwellers without access to formalised water and sanitation systems, are being exposed to potentially dangerous chemicals and organisms."

Tshwane should approach national government for financial assistance to fast-track planned improvements, said Moss.

The municipality has not responded to the DA's assertions.

  • Barefoot - 2012-08-10 21:58

    Unfortunately there's no program to download on their ipads to treat sewage: isanitize

  • michael.bushes - 2012-08-10 22:01

    WOW man The bad news first started with new mismanagement stories every month and then it became every week and then every day and now its several times a day.

  • Vince.York - 2012-08-10 22:02


  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-10 22:03

    Eish all that money on i-pads and only very green drops to drink. But there is R108 million for a monument (R8mill of which coming from Tshwane coffers). Let them drink monuments!

  • TawwaTienie - 2012-08-10 22:23

    Read: . This pollution is on going for more than 10 years, it is unacceptable and rediculous. 1. There are three Ministers (Water Affairs, Environment - Pollution and Municipalities) that not doing their duties or they are not capable to do it. 2. Tshwane Council, the CEO, Management and all relevant officicials are harming people's human rights and damaged their health ! People have to pay extended costs on medical aids and overloading the clinics; they are harming the environment, especially farming and products are polluted on our tables as well as wild life, trees and grass. 3. What happened to all the tenders being paid millions of rand?

  • The-Azanian - 2012-08-10 23:46

    And the tshwane bus service is one of the kind...buses show up on central african time, welldone mayor ramokgopa for making to me miss most of my morning classes... And as a token of appreciation i'm going blue this time.

  • stewart.laidlaw.5 - 2012-08-11 01:24

    It is more important to change str names than anything else. Change tshwane name to shytehole. Incompetent morons.

  • neil.dingley - 2012-08-11 03:22

    It's easy to spot the cat from Pretoria, he's the guy with the bog roll stuck in his teeth.

  • njdejager - 2012-08-11 07:22

    Change Paul Kruger str to Mismanagement Blvd. changing names is the only thing that the govmnt is excellent at.

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-08-11 08:13

    71% that's 7 out of 10 glasses of water. Not good odds, playing Russian roulette with our health?

  • ian.c.morris.39 - 2012-08-11 08:13

    Who cares about water, when you can drink Johnny Walker Blue?

  • david.mlambo.77 - 2012-08-11 09:07

    Please dont disturb we are changing street names

  • pws69 - 2012-08-11 11:09

    Over 5 years ago the DA did a stufy on the Percy Stewart Water Works in Krugersdorp. half the plant was not operational, and understaffed. 14 million litres of effluent per DAY was pumped straight through the plant unprocessed into the Jukskei river, which feeds directly into Harties, going through several informal settlements on its way to the dam. The people using the water ge tsick, costing us millions in unnecessary health costs, but not to worry, the ANC will change street names (that have absolutely NO apartheid links) to make you feel better.

  • Blixum - 2012-08-11 11:18

    Ha ha. You got what you voted for.

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