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Sewage causing a stink for Big Bay residents

Table View residents have, once again, been left frustrated after sewage spewed out onto Big Bay beach at the weekend.

Chairperson of the Table View Ratepayers’ Association, Mandy Da Matta, explains that sewage leaks have persisted on the beachfront over the years.

It's not the first time that we've had a sewage spill at the Big Bay beachfront. As residents, we are very concerned as to why this is happening on a regular basis.

Mandy Da Matta, Chairperson of the Table View Ratepayers’ Association

According to Da Matta, the City of Cape Town has not been forthcoming about resolving the root cause of the leakages or testing contamination levels in the water.

She says that waste removal vehicles can be seen on a monthly basis, cleaning up the sewage.

At the same time, medical health expert Dr Jo Barnes has cautioned residents not to swim in Big Bay.

She explains that the sewage outfalls contain human faeces, in addition to drug waste, sanitary products and other dangerous compounds.

I'm really concerned about the lack of urgency and the clear indication that there are problems with the [sewage] system in Big Bay.

Dr Jo Barnes, Senior Lecturer Emeritus at Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

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