OurHealth Water & Sanitation

Tshwane community spends months with busted sewer

Written by Tshilidzi Tuwani

Residents of Soshanguve Block HH north of Pretoria say that they have been living with a spurting, stinking busted sewer. Some residents say they believe local government has ignored their repeated complaints because they do not pay rates.

The City of Tshwane claims it never received complaints of the busted sewer (File photo)

The City of Tshwane claims it never received complaints of the busted sewer (File photo)

“Our children play around here and I have to keep watch to my grandchild as one day I found her playing in the dirty sewerage,” resident Paulina Maluleka told OurHealth.

According to Maluleka, she and her neighbour Lizzy Tlou noticed the overflowing manhole in May and reported it to Ward Councillor Elisa Mlotshwa. The neighbours allege that Mlotshwa promised to report the leak, but City of Tshwane Spokesperson Blessing Manale said that the matter was never reported.

Meanwhile, Mlotshwa said she assumed the leak had been fixed.

“It’s a (new) story to my ears and I would like you to get me the address were that problem is so that I can further report it to them,” said Mlotshwa after resident complaints sent OurHealth to the cite of the leak. She added that she believed area issues were rarely prioritised because many Block HH residents do not pay rates.

While City of Tshwane spokesperson Lindela Mashego echoed Manale’s assertion that the complaint had never been received, Mashego has assured residents that their concerns have been lodged with the city’s water and sanitation division and that the leak could be resolved as early as the end of the week.

About the author

Tshilidzi Tuwani

Tshilidzi Tuwani is an OurHealth Citizen Journalist reporting from Gauteng's Tshwane Health District.