City not tracking progress of Masi wetlands clean-up, says community leader

Masiphumelele community leader Tshepo Moletsane says the City Of Cape Town has not been monitoring the clean up of environmental degradation in the township.

Moletsane says that Councillor Xanthea Limberg, Mayoral Committee member for Informal settlements water and waste services and energy, has not had enough oversight over the process.

These people are providing a wrong report to Xanthea Limberg's office. They are submitting a report to say they are doing the work, while the work is not being done.

Tshepo Moletsane, Masiphumelele community leader

In July, Western Cape government issued a second directive for the City to clean-up the hazardous Masiphumelele Wetland.

Read: City management ordered to clean up sewer mess in Masiphumelele

In February, the City was instructed to urgently clean up storm water canals, remove stockpiles of solid waste and maintain toilets, washing facilities, and sandpipes.

The province found that the City failed to provide adequate ablution, water, and storm-water management facilities and solid waste management practices.

This has resulted in the health of residents in the area being at risk.

Also read: Masiphumelele residents up in arms over housing

Moletsane says Ward Councillor Felicity Purchase has been engaging in delay tactics to address these issues.

The challenges of those water canals should be attended to properly. We believe that the City of Cape Town has got enough resources.

Tshepo Moletsane, Masiphumelele community leader

According to Moletsane, officials have not been monitoring municipal workers, who have made very little progress.

He says the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) needs to be directed to include Masiphumelele.

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