A serious health catastrophe is waiting to hit Cato Crest as the smell of sewerage and toilet waste permeates through the air due to a leaking pipe on Bellair Road. Residents have made numerous complaints to the relevant departments at the eThekwini Municipality but nothing has been done to address the stinky situation.
The sewerage pipe which has been damaged since last year, leaves a bad smell and an unhealthy environment for the community.
Njabulo Mhlongo of Mnomini Family Butchery which is located next to the damaged pipe, said he is losing business because people no longer come to his shop.
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Mhlongo said the smell comes from the drain as the drainage water overflows into his shop along the road. “People no longer come to buy and eat meat in the shop because you cannot eat when there’s sewage all over,” said Mhlongo.
A resident, Xolani Khuthani, said the sewerage pipe has to be fixed because it is blocked. Khuthani said, “It is bad for our environment and it will bring diseases because we inhale the smell.”
Nelson Navangu, a panel beater, said, “This has been happening for such a long time that we have even gotten used to the sewerage and terrible smell. Maybe the municipality should explain to us what is causing the overflow.” Ward 30 councillor Warren Burne said there have been leaks for over a year since he has been councillor.
He said Bellair Road has been neglected by the municipality for a long time and that he did report the matter to the road provisions department.
He said, “It’s not provided for in the current budget but either next year or the year afterwards there’s a provision for storm water improvement.”
The councillor said that the road has to be treated holistically with all the services because there is no point in spending money to fix up the road and dig up the pipe underneath to do sewerage repair.
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He said that the whole intersection on Bellair Road is an indication of the rot that has been allowed to happen at the municipality.
“I wonder if the municipality or the leadership of the municipality has the will to sort out those things. It is inexcusable that the situation has lasted as long as it has,” he said.
Burne added that further down the road about a kilometre away, the municipality has been putting a storm water pipe and there has been some road improvement. He assumes that they going to link it from there.
Article: Anele Nduzulwana
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