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‘Big hole’ a danger to residents

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Residents of Thagadipilajang have reported persistent waterflow interruptions in Hartswater due to ongoing excavations for a broken sewage pipe.

Residents believe that the deep manhole and excavation poses a danger to the community. Picture: Supplied

RESIDENTS of Thagadipilajang have reported persistent waterflow interruptions in Hartswater due to ongoing excavations for a broken sewage pipe.

They added that the road where the massive hole was dug, was paved just last year.

“Now it is a gravel road again. There are no danger signs or safety tape and it is right outside Bankdrift High School. Children could fall in as the hole is very deep and residents are struggling to gain entry into their homes. There are also live cables and sewage water, so it is a dangerous combination,” they said.

The residents said further that the area was flooded following heavy rains this week.

The residents said a road that was recently paved was dug up again. Picture: Supplied

Phokwane mayor Willem Harmse stated that a contractor was appointed to repair the sewage pipe.

“The trench is seven metres deep and the water is switched off as it may cause the sewage to overflow. The water is switched on for two hours every day so that households can fill up supplies,” said Harmse.

He added that honey suckers were used to drain the excess water.

“The rain has delayed progress somewhat but work should be completed by the end of the week.

The area was flooded following heavy rains this week. Picture: Supplied

Phokwane Municipality spokesperson Kgalalelo Letshabo said work was continuing on-site to repair the sewage pipe that was damaged last week.

“The area has been cordoned off and it is far from the houses,” said Letshabo.

She added that pupils could enter Bankdrift High School from another gate.

“The manhole has not been left unattended. Workers and heavy machinery are on site.

“The excavation had to be done as it will turn into a health hazard if left unattended.”

Residents are complaining about a broken sewage pipe. Picture: Supplied
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