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Concern over sewage leak near school

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The spokesperson for the Northern Cape Department of Education, Lehuma Ntuane, said that the problem had been ongoing since 2018 and blamed the local municipality

Sewage near Barkly West Primary School. Picture: Soraya Crowie

CONCERN has been expressed regarding the ongoing sewage problem near Barkly West Primary School.

The spokesperson for the Northern Cape Department of Education, Lehuma Ntuane, said yesterday that the problem had been ongoing since 2018 and blamed the local municipality.

“It is a municipal problem and both the school, as well as the department’s infrastructure directorate, at head office and at the district office, have been trying to get the municipality to solve the issue,” he said.

According to Ntuane, department officials were at the school yesterday to check on the reported sewerage pipe leaks.

“There is no manhole in the school grounds. There is, however, an open sewerage hole very far from the school, where children play at after normal school hours.”

He added that the department was concerned about the well-being of pupils and children in general who are exposed to such an environment.

“It is, however, incorrect to make this matter an education matter as there is no leaking sewerage pipe within the school premises. All these concerns and complaints from the community must be directed to the municipality and not the Department of Education.”

There was no answer from the Dikgatlong Municipality.