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Effluent problem at house persists

In yet another sewage disaster in Matjhabeng, one household at Nieuwoudt Street in Eldorie (Ward 26), Odendaals­rus, is at wits’ end.

For three months residents in the street have been battling the municipality to get the problem fixed.

“Then eventually at the end of June the workers came and supposedly fixed the problem. That was when our problems really started,” says Silas Tseletsele, who lives at 12 Nieuwoudt Street.

“My mom and I have repeatedly reported this problem. The other houses in our street were fixed at the end of June, but ever since then the sewage has been pushing up in our yard. Especially when someone flushes a toilet, the effluent pushes up in our bath.”

Municipal workers told the Tseletsele’s not to worry as their problem had been referred to Welkom. “When I enquired in Welkom, the officials laughed. They told me that Welkom looks after its own problems, and that Odendaalsrus must look after itself. The irony is that they again referred me to the same woman in Odendaalsrus. We are back to square one. We are desperate.

“We must continually watch and monitor my toddler sister (four years old). We are afraid that she will become terribly ill or even fall into the effluent. We are living in filth.

“We are going to become very ill,” he says.

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