Sewage has been streaming into the Hartbeespoort Dam from various locations the past months, and despite repeated requests to the Madibeng municipality to urgently address the looming health crisis, nothing seems to have been done.
At Schoemansville Oewer Club, raw sewage is running in streams through the resort and into the dam, close to where the water purification plant is. Adjacent to the club, a sewage manhole has been overflowing intermittently for the past year and the municipality is now pumping the raw sewage from the manhole into the Hartbeespoort Dam.
The rest of Hartbeespoort is equally polluted with sewage pouring from manholes in almost all the suburbs. Sewage is continually flowing on to Scott Street near the dam wall, in Schubart Street near Village Mall, in several places in Meerhof, as well as Melodie.
At the Refentse settlement in Rietfontein, residents have to blockade their homes to prevent sewage from streaming into their homes. It is running in streams along Van der Hoff Road. At the Sunway settlement, the non-functioning sewage plant causes sewage to flow freely onto neighbouring properties, polluting groundwater.
Kormorant’s enquiries to the Madibeng municipality the past two weeks have been ignored. The looming sewage crisis has now been reported to the North West Department of Water and Sanitation.