Residents in the Phokwane municipal area say nothing has been done to fix sewage spillages at Jan Kempdorp following Deputy President David Mabuza’s recent visit.
DESPITE Deputy President David Mabuza visiting Jan Kempdorp about two weeks ago to assess the extent of the pollution of the Vaal River due to sewage spillages, residents say that no attempt has been made to rectify the problem.
The pump station at the sewage plant is not functional as the pipes have become rusted, while the entire asbestos pipeline from Jan Kempdorp to Ganspan also needs to be replaced.
DA councillor at Phokwane Local Municipality, Annette van Wyk said on Thursday that two pipes needed to be procured at a cost of R84,000 to fix the sewage problem.
“Repairs were eventually sanctioned about four weeks ago, but the supply chain management unit has yet to procure the pipes to allow the job to proceed,” said Van Wyk.
She stated that sewage was contaminating boreholes with E. Coli.
“Sewage in the road is already pushing up into houses in Andalusia Park and in a house at the ’Lande’. Businesses, a school and a crèche in the industrial area are also badly affected. Previously, two people drowned in sewage that dammed up at the silos,” Van Wyk added.
Phokwane Municipality did not respond to media enquiries.