Vaal River suffocates under filthy wave of raw effluent

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IT'S THE worst crisis ever for the Vaal River, says Maureen Stewart of Save the Vaal - one that has had an impact on Parys 22km downstream in the Free State.

For more than a month raw sewage has been flowing directly into the Vaal because of mismanagement by the Emfuleni and Ngwathe local authorities.

The river has turned green and scores of dead fish have washed up on its riverbanks in the past week. When some Parys residents opened their taps this week, the water was green and “smelt of dead fish”..
More at : https://www.iol.co.za/saturday-star/news/vaal-river-suffocates-under-filthy-wave-of-raw-effluent-16292140 (contains auto playing ads with sound)
 

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And it just chips away at one's ability to remain positive.
Fking despise the day these corrupt, self-serving buffoons took control of the running of this country.
I know right. I try to remain as positive as I can. I have to say though that South Africa is not going forward but backward and has been regressing for many years now.

What can one do. I don't know.
 

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Municipalities to blame for 'contamination of Vaal River system' - Parliament

A lack of maintenance in sewage infrastructure by municipalities is to blame for contamination into the Vaal River system, Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation said on Sunday.
"The Sedibeng District and Emfuleni Local Municipalities [are] at the centre of crumbling current infrastructure leading to contamination of the Vaal River system," committee chairperson Mlungisi Johnson said in a statement.
"The committee visited the municipality and the Sebokeng Waste Water Treatment Plant and found that some of the units were not functional, leading to overloading of the remaining units."
He said maintenance was needed or else consequences like spillage into the rivers would ensue.
"While the committee supports the building of new units, it has emphasised that the old units must be maintained to ensure optimal utilisation of the entire plant."



More at: https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/municipalities-to-blame-for-contamination-of-vaal-river-system-parliament-20180819
 

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why can they never fix first then play the blame game and start holding people accountable?
 

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R20m boost for battle to turn tide on Vaal sewage

Just 30% of the troubled Emfuleni local municipality’s 46 pump stations are functional, causing major raw sewage spillages into the Vaal River system.

The municipality, which has been placed under administration, says it was “faced with increased financial challenges which affect service delivery departments, particularly water and sanitation".

“Due to shortage of vehicles, we are unable to attend to all stations on a daily basis,” said municipality spokesperson Stanley Gaba, referring to the repossession of the municipal fleet last month.

He blamed “ageing” water and sanitation infrastructure for the frequency of sewer spillages, blockages, pump station breakdowns, water leaks and pipe bursts, which were “at a high rate”.

The municipality had now received a R20million grant from the Department of Water and Sanitation to upgrade pump stations to improve their functionality.

“This grant will upgrade pumps, mechanical, electrical, pipe work and safety issues to prevent sewer spillages and contamination of the Vaal River, Rietspruit and other water systems and catchment areas. “This work will stop sewer spillages into the water systems, but it must be noted that the completion of the Sedibeng Regional Sewer Scheme is the ultimate resolution in Emfuleni and surrounding areas.”
More at: https://www.iol.co.za/saturday-star/news/r20m-boost-for-battle-to-turn-tide-on-vaal-sewage-16951799
 

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SANDF to help with urgent rehabilitation of Vaal River system


‘Current water models are not working in many cases and we need to consider new ideas and models,’ Finance Minister Tito Mboweni says.

President Cyril Ramaphosa and Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula have given the greenlight for the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to assist in efforts to urgently rehabilitate the Vaal River system, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said today.
“We are dealing decisively and urgently with the water crisis in the Vaal River system. Our immediate focus is to mobilise short-term financing by reprioritising funds and increasing capacity. I have asked the president and minister of defence for the military to assist with engineering and other expertise to resolve the crisis in the Vaal River system,” Mboweni said in his maiden Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) presented in parliament.
“I am happy to report that approval has been granted. The generals in charge have already started working on solutions. Water is critical. Current water models are not working in many cases and we need to consider new ideas and models.”
More at: https://citizen.co.za/news/south-africa/2027574/sandf-to-help-with-urgent-rehabilitation-of-vaal-river-system
 

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The Army can get deployed to sort out sewage in the Vaal, but when the DA requested them to be deployed in the gangster ridden areas of the WC to assist the powers that be refuse. Go figure. Viva cANCer Viva
 

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It's a telling sign when a country has to deploy the army to deal with basic things like water sanitation.

The ANC cannot rely on it's own municipalities anymore to get things done and effectively tied their own hands behind their back with endless tender bureaucratic red tape. They have painted themselves into a corner.
 

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