North residents can finally breathe clean, fresh air

Mayor Msimanga said he was quite pleased that all sewerage problems around Tshwane would be resolved.

Residents of Ga-Rankuwa can finally breathe in clean fresh air after enduring faulty and spilling drainage system that left several streets flooded with sewage for several months.

This after a team of contractors dispatched by Tshwane mayor, Solly Msimanga, finally unblocked and fixed the sewerage system in the area this week.

The mayor dispatched the contract workers to the area following recent protest by the residents of Ga-Rankuwa over blocked sewerage pipes that were causing an unpleasant smell.

Some of the community members raised concerns that the dirty water that was running on the streets posed a health hazard, especially to children.

Local councillor Jabulani Rammushi lashed out at the DA-led administration saying they were forcing people to live with sewage.

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He said for the past 12 months the residents had to beg the DA-led administration to unblock sewer drainage in Ga-Rankuwa and in Ga-Rankuwa View particularly.

He accused mayor Msimanga of making people forget about other service delivery needs and focus on the sewerage issue.

“As parents, we are worried that our children will get sick because they play in the street with dirty water containing human waste. It’s not the first time we’ve experienced such a problem. We reported the matter to the municipality, but it seems like they are unable to solve the problem because technicians come, but after a few days the drains start leaking or get blocked again,” said Rammushi.

However, following the successful unblocking of the sewerage system, Msimanga said he was pleased that all sewerage problems around Tshwane had been resolved.

“Mabopane and Ga-Rankuwa are getting the blocked sewerage systems sorted. Cleaning campaign continues. I am adamant that people will get the same kind of service irrespective of where they are,” said Msimanga.

Recently, the residents blocked roads as they staged protests over the blocked sewers drains and pipes in the area.

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

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,” he said.

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

“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.

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He said the appointment of the service providers should be finalised by the end of the month to enable the contractors to begin work in October. Construction work at Block A is in progress.

He apologised for the situation that has 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.”

Recently, the residents blocked roads as they staged protest over the blocked sewers in the area.


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