18 December 2017 Read: 178
Residents of Kuwait section B, in Lenyenye are living in fear after crocodiles from the open sewerage plant at the entrance to the suburb, have been seen roaming around.
A resident said the problem started some years ago. He said after they complained to the municipality, a project was started to build a proper sewerage plant for the township which was later, inexplicably abandoned.
The project which was worth R10 million was abandoned after two years at Lenyenye while at Nkowankowa, it was completed. At Lenyenye a big structure was constructed and (like many other municipal building sites) left unfinished. Raw sewerage is now dumped into two dams and when it is raining the dams overflow into the streets and the nearby Mokonyane wetlands.
The dams have attracted crocodiles and pythons. It is feared that with schools in recess, children could be tempted to play next to the dangerous dams.
When visitors enter the township, which boasted two municipal managers, one for the district and one for local municipalities, people are met with a green dam which is filled water from the sewerage system. The aim of the Lenyenye sewerage project was to build a new plant as well as to refurbish the whole system in the township which was installed in 1973.
Kuwait B started as a squatter camp until it was formalised with municipal services such as water connections and sewerage supplies. Neil Shikwambana, spokesperson for the Mopani District municipality (MDM) could not be reached for comment.