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Stink raised over ‘sewage river’

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"Once the transformer is replaced, the problem will have been dealt with.”

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DE BEERSHOOGTE residents said yesterday that they are unable to tolerate the stench and sight of raw sewage running in front of their homes in Spitskop Road, Barkly West.

The community, including a DA councillor, complained that a “sewage river” had been flowing for the past three weeks and their grievances had fallen on deaf ears.

“No one from Dikgatlong Municipality answered our phone calls or responded to the photos that were sent to the officials. We cannot breathe or eat or sleep with this atrocity. Our children are playing in the sewage and are getting sick. If it is not leaking in Spitskop Road then it is leaking at the four-way intersection or at the primary school.”

Dikgatlong municipal manager Kagiso Modise indicated that he had visited the site yesterday.

He explained that the problem was caused by a malfunctioning transformer.

“The transformer pumps the sewage from Spitskop Road to the four-way stop at the main intersection between De Beershoogte and Mataleng, where in turn it is transported to the main sewer.”

Modise stated that they hoped to replace the transformer yesterday.

“This could not be done until we managed to source a crane. Once the transformer is replaced, the problem will have been dealt with.”