City fixes blocked sewers in the north

City moves quickly to address sewer problems in Ga-Rankuwa.

The Tshwane metro has moved quickly to fixed blocked sewers in Ga-Rankuwa.

On Tuesday morning residents protest about the sewers and Tshwane MMC for infrastructure Darryl Moss said in the afternoon, the city had wasted no time in dealing with the problem.

Residents had earlier blockaded roads with rocks and burning tyres in protest.

“We have to ensure that existing sewerage infrastructure is capable of coping with the needs of the residents it serves,” said Moss.

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He said many of these sewer pipes in Ga-Rankuwa were old, badly designed and had become almost permanently blocked.

“Under the previous administration, money was not made available to carry out maintenance work and upgrades. For instance, a meagre 4 percent was allocated for preventative maintenance of water infrastructure. Poor political leadership and financial management of the past has put considerable strain on the city’s ability to restore the services our people need,” said Moss.

Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga confirmed the City had moved swiftly to remedy the situation.

“The City, will in the interim, appoint cooperatives to clear the blocked sewers. These cooperatives should begin the cleaning operations soon,” said Msimanga.

He said the long-term solution was for the City to replace the old sewers.

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“In the current financial year, R5 million has been allocated to this project. The technology used will be trenchless, meaning that very little digging is required and pipe laying can proceed at a rapid rate” said Msimanga.

Moss said the appointment of the service providers should be finalised by the end of the month to enable the contractors to begin work in September.

Construction work at Block A is in progress.”

He apologised for the situation that had arisen.

“We can assure the residents that we are doing everything we can to overcome this challenge and restore dignity to the lives of Ga-Rankuwa residents who have suffered from many years of neglect.”

City moves quickly to address sewer problems in Ga-Rankuwa.


City moves quickly to address sewer problems in Ga-Rankuwa.


City moves quickly to address sewer problems in Ga-Rankuwa.

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