Community stops sewage project for its schools

6 days 16 hours ago
Pietermaritzburg residents say they want houses to get priority

By Nompendulo Ngubane

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Residents in France, Pietermartizburg, stopped a sewer project on Tuesday. Photo: Nompendulo Ngubane

A municipal project which started a week ago to improve sewerage at two schools in France, Pietermaritzburg, has been stopped by members of the community. The residents say the schools should not be prioritised for sewers over residents. They were also unhappy about the hiring procedures of workers to carry out the project.

On Tuesday, residents prevented the workers from starting construction. The schools to benefit are Slangspruit Primary, Mvuzo High and Mpumelelo Primary.

Mduduzi Hlongwane, chairperson of the People’s Housing Process in ward 13, said the municipality had promised residents a R70-million sewerage project at a meeting three years ago.

“They must do what they promised us. We were told the project would benefit all of us. Residents still use the bucket system toilets. It’s been 21 years,” said Hlongwane. “They don’t even empty these toilets. Now they introduce a project only for schools. This project will not continue until the municipality gives us answers. We want to know what happened with the project, they promised.”

But ward 13 councillor Sibongile Mncwango said she had called a meeting to inform the residents about the project. She said the project is also for ward 18. “I asked them if they agree with the project starting with the schools. They had an opportunity on that day. Stopping the project is not helping anyone,” said Mncwango.

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