City management ordered to clean up sewer mess in Masiphumelele

The City of Cape Town's Metro Management has been ordered to clean and maintain the water canals in Masiphumelele township which have been neglected and polluted over the years.

Western Cape government's Environmental Law Enforcement gave the directive following an investigation into the matter.

Provincial government found that the City failed to provide adequate ablution, water, and storm-water management facilities, as well as solid waste management practices – which has resulted in the health of residents in the area being at risk.

CapeTalk listener, Rosemary Milbank and community leader, Tshepo Moletsane, worked together to garner the attention of the provincial government.

Moletsane advises that the ward councillor has been non-responsive to pleas from community members.

Moletsane explains that if no action is taken by the City after 14 days, the Environmental Affairs MEC will be asked to intervene in the matter.

There are drastic actions that will be taken if the City fails to comply.

Tshepo Moletsane, community leader in Masiphumelele

The directive ordered the City of Cape Town to:

  • Immediately take a thorough and effective clean-up operation of the storm water canals in the area
  • Immediately remove stockpiles of solid waste in the area
  • Continue with clean-up operations until otherwise directed
  • And diligently continue with regular maintenance of toilets, washing facilities, sandpipes, canals, and all other storm water and waste water

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