Sewage spill drives cus­tomers away from restau­rant

Soweto owner fu­ri­ous af­ter city fails to clean up

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - TANKISO MAKHETHA

THE un­de­sir­able sight and stench of fae­cal waste caused by a sewage spill has left Florence Radebe up in arms, af­ter nu­mer­ous com­plaints to the City of Joburg have gone unat­tended.

Radebe runs a restau­rant in the Or­lando East Com­mu­nity Hall, near Or­lando Sta­dium, which caters for ma­jor events through­out the year.

“The sewage spill started last Sat­ur­day,” Radebe told The Star. “I re­ported it the same day and was told that it would be at­tended to.”

On ar­rival, The Star’s team were greeted by the nau­se­at­ing smell of over­flow­ing sewage from two exit points at the hall’s west wing.

Both streams flow past the en­trance to Radebe’s restau­rant.

“I have to keep my door closed, be­cause flies en­ter my shop.

“Cus­tomers think I am closed for busi­ness and go else­where be­cause I can’t keep the doors open,” she lamented.

“No­body is will­ing to do any­thing about it. The per­son from the mu­nic­i­pal­ity who is in charge of mak­ing sure that these things are sorted out, gave me a re­sponse that was nei­ther here nor there, and didn’t spec­ify what they would be do­ing to fix the leak­age,” she said.

Ac­cord­ing to Radebe, the spill oc­curred af­ter an event was hosted at the hall two weeks ago.

“I can’t even cook any­thing, be­cause there is a big chance that the food will be con­tam­i­nated.

“The per­son who is re­spon­si­ble for main­tain­ing the hall said there was not much he could do.

“He said he also re­ported the mat­ter to the mu­nic­i­pal­ity,” she said.

Lindi Mnandi, City of Joburg’s recre­ational of­fi­cer in that re­gion, said they were aware of the prob­lem and were work­ing to­wards fix­ing the burst pipe.

“One of the prob­lems we are fac­ing is that we are un­der­staffed and have one per­son serv­ing this area. The other em­ployee is on leave,” Mnandi told The Star.

“I re­ported this mat­ter to our emer­gency unit, which was meant to come and re­solve it. What I know is that the wa­ter sup­ply was cut off to stop it (the sewage) over­flow­ing.

“The only thing left is to clean up the fae­ces,” she said.

Mnandi placed part of the blame at Radebe’s doorstep, say­ing she too was re­spon­si­ble for en­sur­ing that the area is cleaned up, as she had done all she could to al­le­vi­ate it.

“I can’t say that clean­ing will take place be­cause, as I men­tioned ear­lier, there is only one per­son who is cur­rently work­ing (here).

“Florence is also re­quested to as­sist in that as­pect, be­cause we can’t do ev­ery­thing by our­selves at the mo­ment,” she said.

I can’t cook over risk of con­tam­i­na­tion


ON­GO­ING: Or­lando East restau­rant owner Florence Radebe says a burst sewage pipe has kept cus­tomers away, while the au­thor­i­ties drag their feet to fix it.

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