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Open manhole still a problem

Sernick Group, Kroonstad:

It has come to the attention of the Sernick Group, Country Meat and the Roots Butchery that the manhole on the corner of Reitz and Oranje Street, across the street from the Roots Butchery, has been a cause of grievance to some residents of Kroonstad.

The Sernick Group would like to clear up any confusion regarding the open manhole and state the facts as to why it has not yet been fixed.

During the construction of the Roots Butchery in June last year, a new drain pipe was installed between the butchery and the particular manhole for the removal of waste water. While in construction, it came to our attention that the sewerage line between that manhole and another further down Oranje Street had collapsed.

While the particular manhole only receives waste water from the Roots Butchery, this line stretching along Oranje Street also collects sewage and waste water from all the other adjacent properties in the street.

All the sewage from the butchery drains to a manhole situated across the taxi rank in Reitz Street.

This line has shown no problems over the past years.

The problematic manhole, where the construction hole is clearly visible and obstructs traffic, is now permanently leaking sewage into the surrounding area.

Several attempts have been made to get the Moqhaka Local Municipality to repair the damaged pipe, but all attempts have been un­successful.

The Sernick Group addressed a letter of demand to the municipality on 3 December, and is now in the process of bringing a High Court application against the municipality in order to get the sewerage line and manhole re­paired.

Not only does the manhole pose a physical safety risk to both drivers and pedestrians, but the leaking sewage also creates a severe health and safety risk to surround­ing businesses and the general public.

In the meantime, the Sernick Group has, at their own expense, hired services to pump the sewage from the manhole to the one further down the street.

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