Mayco member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services, Xanthea Limberg has responded to complaints about pollution in the Black River in Cape Town affecting local residents.
Limberg says the City is aware of pollution issues but says it's a result of illegal waste dumping.
She says the waste leads to the increase of flies and mosquitoes.
The city is looking at not only monitoring water quality within that river, but dealing with the source of pollution which is essentially within the urban environment.— Cllr Xanthea Limberg, Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; Energy
Limberg says the City has a role to play in managing these water bodies. She says they are also looking at ensuring that the treated effluents discharged into rivers meet the national standards to minimise pollution.
According to Limberg, the pollution in most rivers across Cape Town is now much higher because of low rainfall.
To hear the rest of the interview with Xanthea Limberg, listen below: