Overflowing drains cause a health hazard


A concerned resident of eMkhondo recently shared some very disturbing photographs with the Excelsior News, to showcase what effect poor service delivery has on the community.

As seen in the attached photograph this drain in Ethandakukhanya is overflowing and spilling sewerage everywhere. Apparently, the stench is overwhelming and it has been like this for a while already. It doesn’t seem that any effort is being made to repair it. This is only one of a few drains that are not functioning properly in the area.

Sewerage is full of contaminants, viruses and bacteria that pose a serious threat to people’s health. In addition, sewerage may contain other toxic substances like pesticides, residuals from pharmaceutical drugs, fungi and protozoan. It is seriously dangerous!

Another photograph of a stream that runs through town and eventually ends up in the Assegaai River was also shared. In the stream, there are heaps of waste materials, including diapers, polystyrene containers, paper and plastic materials.

Diapers take as long as 50-years to decompose, whilst polystyrene takes approximately 500-years. The Assegaai River provides many households from a big area with water, especially in rural villages.

How can the people who dump live with themselves, knowing that a few kilometres from there people are drinking from a river where they are dumping their child’s diapers? Would they want their children to drink that water?

The pollution is getting completely out of hand and something needs to be done as soon as possible. There have been many requests for the Mkhondo Local Municipality to fine the people who litter but, this doesn’t seem to be happening.

Please make work of repairing the drains that are leaking in Ethandakukhanya, no person deserves to live in such circumstances, especially when it can be repaired with better service delivery.