Unable to bear the unpleasant odour any longer, a very concerned Kenmare resident, Stephanie Rauch, contacted the News about what she refers to as a huge health hazard that has been worsening over the past two years.
Since 2015, Stephanie has been living opposite a park in Krugersdorp. On the edge of the park, there is a stormwater drain, from which the water flows directly into a hollow in the park.
Once the water enters the hollow, it stays there, collecting rubbish of all sorts, which leads to an unpleasant smell.According to Stephanie, passers-by, gardening services and residents have a tendency to throw their rubbish, including garden refuse, into the hollow which in turn prevents the water from running through.”Since the October storm, the situation has deteriorated even more. The hollow has now turned into a pool of smelly stagnant water filled with all sorts of decaying rubbish and rodents. We struggle with rat plagues on a regular basis,” she said.
She went on to say that she can count on a single hand the number of times the park had been cleaned in the past two years. According to her, the clean-up should be a regular routine exercise. “We shouldn’t have to remind the municipality to do its job, because it’s common sense. They shouldn’t wait for a problem to happen before doing something, they should be pro-active and prevent the problem from occurring. A lot of people with their dogs and children still use the park – but this little decayed pool is hazardous,” she said.Even though she reported the problem to the municipality through her ward councillor, Annette Fourie, on Tuesday, 31 October, no one has arrived to attend to the matter.
“We pay our taxes and levies, so it’s only fair to get what we pay for. I really am thrilled about the great service delivered by other departments, but the Parks Department is a bit sad to me,” she said.
Stephanie believes that the situation could’ve been avoided altogether, if the hollow had been cleaned out from the start. She now hopes that the incredibly smelly health hazard of a pool will be sorted out, or even filled in, as soon as possible.
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