11 years later and the same problem persists

Rain has different meanings namely being blessings, water for plants to grow and for those without water to get it.

But to a home owner in Tasbet Park, Extension 1 it means a headache. Every time when it rains heavily, his house gets flooded which leads to occupants of the home being unable to move around. This problem has been on-going for more than 11 years now.

The flooding at Tasbet Park Extension 1.

He alleged that the problem started when a new development was built. He stated that Hyena Street is the cause of the mess.

The man was up in arms on February 5 and 20 indicating that it is his fourth time this rainy season he has been experiencing this,


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“What have I done. All water from the opposite establishment runs through my yard to my house, as a result my house gets flooded too,” the man exclaimed.

The WITBANK NEWS wrote a story about this in 2016, former Emalahleni Municipal Manager Mr Theo van Vuuren said on 6 December 2016,

“The municipality received a report about the sewer blockage at Kiepersol Street. The municipal maintenance team was sent to investigate the problem and upon investigation it was discovered that the blockage was as a result of a broken sewer pipe due to unblocking of the storm water which had resulted in foreign objects finding their way into the sewer collector line. The sewer blockage will be cleared by end of business today.”

The house situated at Tasbet Park Extension 1 is flooded.

The complainant alleged that last year the municipality came to the house and promised to solve the problem which they never did. In this rainy season no one from the council has visited the place after reporting the issue countless times.

“They never came, they were a no show; nothing,” said the man, worried.

The damage caused by the rain. This is the situation at a house situated in Tasbet Park Extension 1.

Emalahleni Local Municipality’s Communication Officer, Kingdom Mabuza said they have been made aware of the problem and will attend to it when one of their team becomes available as they are still attending to other pressing issues.

Now the question is, will the council ever prioritise this issue that has been hanging on for over a decade?

Fanisile Nkuna

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