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Vanderbijlpark wakes up in the dark due to infrastructure vandalism

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The Emfuleni Local Municipality has noted with concern the remorseless vandalism of electricity infrastructure in and around Vanderbijlpark that left consumers in Powerville Park, Riverspray, CE, SE and SW areas without power for the better part of today. The vandals attempted to steal a cable supplying Unibijl Substation which plunged all of Vanderbijlpark into darkness.
 
Power supply to a majority of areas that were affected by the outage has been restored. Technicians are working on efforts to restore supply to areas that are still off.
 
In a separate incident of vandalism that happened this morning in NW 7, a man lost his life while trying to steal cables behind Town Substation next to the Roads and Stormwater depot. The incident has been reported to the South African Police Service (SAPS) for investigation.
 
Cable theft persists to obstruct service delivery programmes on the part of the municipality and its consumers. The municipality continues to condemn attacks of electricity infrastructure by cable theft syndicates.
 
It is in this regard that residents are urged to be on the lookout and report any information that can lead to the arrest of these criminal elements.2629b984 a9ee 4f78 acae 73afd7493d5e
 

Premier Makhura in full support of DWS efforts to contain sewer overflows

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The Gauteng Premier, David Makhura jointly with the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) Minister, Senzo Mchunu, lead a high powered government delegation involving Deputy Minsters, MECs, Sedibeng District Municipality (SDM) and Emfuleni Local Municipality (ELM) Executive Mayors on an oversight visit to monitor progress on all problem areas of the municipality’s sewer reticulation system. 

The visit afforded the delegation an opportunity to assess the full extent of the sewer challenges faced by ELM communities. Addressing members of the media earlier today, the DWS Minister, Senzo Mchunu indicated that the delegation has a clear mandate to identify the challenges plaguing the municipality’s sewer reticulation network, and further come up with a plan to contain spillages in ELM communities and the Vaal River. 

“Emfuleni is in the news mainly because of what is happening with the sewer overflows in the area. The Vaal River has fallen victim to these spillages, equally so, people in Sedibeng have also fallen victim to spillages flooding their homes and communities”, Mchunu said.

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The visit by the delegation started at the Vaal River and then proceeded to the Waste Water Treatment Works (WWTW) and Pump Stations (PS). The oversight tour was aimed at gaining a better understanding as to why the municipality is experiencing such a high volume of spillages. 

The Minister alluded to a collapsed sewer reticulation system consisting of partly functional WWTW and dysfunctional sewer pump stations as the root cause of the spillages.

Responding to questions raised by members of the media yesterday (Tuesday, 12 October 2021), Premier Makhura said that his office is happy with the efforts and progress made by the DWS towards containing spillages in Emfuleni.

“Making sure that sewerage is handled in a proper manner is the competency of both DWS and ELM, making sure that Emfuleni fulfils its constitutional mandate of providing adequate services to all consumers is our duty. We completely behind the DWS and its initiatives to ensure that the municipality functions and is able to service its consumers.” Makhura said.

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“The plan is to repair all of the sewer reticulation infrastructure in Emfuleni, as soon as we are done with that, work to clean all the Vaal River and other polluted natural surface water bodies will commence. Environmental NGOs in the region advised us of this plan and we have listened. There is no turning back from this point, its full steam ahead towards containing sewer spillages in Emfuleni.” Makhura concluded.

ELM is currently placed under administration by the provincial government however, Premier Makhura said that he has trust in the Section 139 intervention as it is intended to bring nothing but the much needed service delivery back in Emfuleni. 

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