City fails to sort out smelly Swartspruit pollution

BELOW the bridge that goes over Pretoria Road, large amounts of white foam has formed on the water.

THE metro has failed to respond to a letter demanding it to resolve the smelly Swartspruit issue.

Following test results showing that the spruit had failed the requirements for the minimum level on sewage in a dam, AfriForum sent a letter to the mayor’s office demanding for the metro to address the problem.

The metro was given a 48-hour deadline to respond, which they failed to do.

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“We were totally ignored. We didn’t get a response or even acknowledgement of acceptance of the letter,” Rian van Jaarsveld, chairperson of AfriForum Kempton Park, told EXPRESS.

This follows sewage level tests conducted by the civil rights watchdog on August 17 in order to ascertain the quality of the water.

AfriForum conducted SANAS (South African National Accreditation System) accredited water tests after residents continuously complained about the unbearable stench coming from Swartspruit.

“We established that the sewage did not adhere to minimum requirements. Water tested positive for faecal coliforms, E.coli, nitrates and phosphates, of which the concentration was not within set standards,” says Marie Naude, AfriForum’s district co-ordinator for Gauteng.

Naude confirmed that AfriForum would ensure that the pollution is addressed as soon as possible.

“We will have to give attention to sewage plants. We cannot allow municipal officers who are unfit for their task threaten the quality of our water resources,” van Jaarsveld said.

Afriforum will now send a second letter to the mayoral office, again requesting them to address the matter. Should they be ignored a second time, more drastic measures would be considered by the organisation.

Nolwazi Dhlamini
Senior Journalist

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