Residents from Soshanguve Block H have had to endure a stinky leaking sewage, for close to two years.One of the residents Flora Chauke, said the drain is affecting her because of the sewerage running into the family yard. “The stench is unbearable! My family is sick and tired this problem.
Every time it rains, we must run from home because of this sewage, our health is at risk.We cannot eat food in peace because of the smell from sewage”, she said.
Chauke told Gauteng News the Department of Water and Sanitation is aware of this issue and had sent field workers to attend to the drain.
Strike Mashanise, a fruit and vegetable vendor said the stench was negatively impacting his business. “Our living condition is bad because of this. The smell is intolerable which results in potential customers to go buy elsewhere. I depend on this business to sustain my family,” said a frustrated Mashanise.
A Grade 8 learner from Rhulani Secondary Shool, located near the leaking sewage, Zandile Mhlongo, said the leak of the drainage posed serious health hazards to pupils.
“It is not healthy for us we could not even open windows during summer seasons due to bad smell and it is unacceptable. We could possibly contract TB because of this situation so the municipal must intervene to help us”, said Mhlongo.
Harold Matjene, who is a ward councillor told Gauteng News the Tshwane municipality is aware of concerns raised by the residents. According to Matjene there were labour issues related to a contractor tasked with fixing the leaking drain.
“Problems arose when the company appointed by our municipality couldn’t complete work as their workers embarked on a strike as a result of not being paid. We are waiting for the municipality to appoint a new one,” said Matjene.