Mal­abar res­i­dent fears wa­ter leak could re­sult in sink­hole

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - NEWS -

A WA­TER leak un­der Mountview Drive in Mal­abar has a res­i­dent con­cerned that a sink­hole could form.

A wet stain ap­peared in the mid­dle of the road two weeks ago and has still not been fixed by the Nel­son Man­dela Bay Mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

Res­i­dent Anand Naicker said he first no­ticed the wet patch on Septem­ber 22.

“At first, I thought it was just wa­ter thrown out af­ter some­one washed their car, but the next day it was still there,” he said.

He said sev­eral at­tempts to re­port the mat­ter via the mu­nic­i­pal wa­ter leaks hot­line and Ward 12 coun­cil­lor Shar­lene Davids had been in vain.

“I first re­ported the prob­lem on Septem­ber 24 and again on Septem­ber 25 be­fore re­port­ing it to the coun­cil­lor’s of­fice,” he said.

He said an of­fi­cial who an­swered the wa­ter leaks hot­line said the mat­ter had al­ready been logged but could not be fixed due to a short­age of re­sources.

“I called Shar­lene Davids’s of­fice again on Oc­to­ber 2, where I was told the call had been logged and the mat­ter had been ad­dressed.

“Apart from the ur­gent need to save wa­ter in the metro, I’m con­cerned about the for­ma­tion of a sink­hole if it is left unat­tended.” Davids could not be reached for com­ment. Mu­nic­i­pal spokesman Mthubanzi Mniki said: “The leak will be at­tended to as soon as the nec­es­sary re­sources be­come avail­able and af­fected res­i­dents will be com­mu­ni­cated with,” he said. – Amir Chetty

WET PATCH: A wa­ter leak un­der Mountview Drive in Mal­abar

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