‘Fix the overflowing sewer’- Flamingo Heights residents

A lake of raw sewer flows into a river and pathway behind a block of flats in Flamingo Heights.

Flamingo Heights residents are faced with a litany of woes, with one of them being an overflowing sewerage from a storm water drain which flows into a river and a pathway, causing an unbearable stench in the area.

Disgruntled residents told the Phoenix Sun that a manhole which has been leaking for about six months, has been spewing sewage water into a river and a pathway behind a block of flats.

The pathway is used predominantly by scholars and workers every morning and afternoon, exposing them to the serious health hazard.  A tennis court and a swimming pool, utilised by members of the public ,is also situated a stone’s throw away from the overflowing manhole.

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“The municipality is to blame for turning a blind eye on this. How can they allow residents to partake in sports where there’s overflowing sewer right there?”asked one of the residents, Danny Govender. As a result of the sewer, residents have to walk over the railway line as a shortcut, placing them at risk of being knocked by oncoming trains.

When journalists visited the area last week, a lake of raw sewer was still overflowing from the manhole into the river and a pathway. It emerged that the sewer is coming from a block of flats and owned houses in the neighbouring Buffelsdale area.

One of the residents, Selvan Pillay, who suffers from asthma, said despite numerous reports being made to the municipal town board offices, the problem remains.

Many of these residents have references dating back to February for complaints about the leak.  “This is terrible. We have children and sickly people residing here and the stench is affecting them. We can hardly open our doors when the sun is hot due to the smell. It is bad, even when the municipality fixes it, its only temporary.  It could be okay in the morning but start to overflow during the day,” said Pillay.

He added that the spillage is causing mosquitoes to breed and has invited flies into the area. Pillay suggested that the municipality consider installing proper underground piping instead of sending contractors who repair the problem temporarily.

“It is unacceptable that we have to suffer because of somebody else’s problem. People with weak immune systems are already falling ill because of the stench. I cannot believe this situation is not a matter of urgency yet the municipality speaks so highly of service delivery,” he said.

To add to the turmoil, these residents said they cannot even address their grievances with their ward councillor Dolly Munien because she is never seen in the area.

“We never had a single meeting with our councillor. The last time we saw her was when she was canvassing for votes prior to elections,” said Naidoo.

However, when reached for a comment, Cllr Munien said the community did not bring the matter to her attention timeously, however, she assured that she is dealing with the matter and has sent several emails to the storm water department for urgent attention.

“We are calling for the municipality to resolve this problem immediately and have the area in  decontaminated as it is a serious health issue,” said residents.

eThekwini Municipality communications department’s Princess Nkabane, said they have forwarded an inquiry to relevant departments and are awaiting for their response.

These residents, who have also encountered countless train fatalities right on their doorstep, said their cries to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) to erect level crossings to curb accidents have yielded to no positive results.

Mbali Khubisa

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