Resident tired of the ‘Vaal Dam’ in his back yard

Eric Macheke is concerned about the condition of the wetland behind his house. Photo: Alanicka Lotriet.

Since Eric Macheke moved into his Kagiso residence, his property has seen regular flooding due to rainwater running down the road on which he lives.

Eric has lived at the lowest point on Caledon Street for 12 years and has suffered the severe aftermath of a deteriorating cement driveway, muddy garage, polluted property (due to rubbish that flows with the water) and a marsh for a back yard.

The problem is worsened by the location of the storm water drain which is located on the upper edge of the road and bypassed by the run-off.

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According to Eric, he has reported the problem to several ward councillors over the years, but to no avail.

“When it rains I can’t even enter the yard with my car; I have to leave it outside until the water level has dropped. On top of that, my garage floor used to be cement, but with the water flowing directly into it, it’s just mud now,” he said.

“It’s become a useless case to try and clean it out every time, because when it rains, I have to do it all over again.”

When Eric realised his pleas might be falling on deaf ears, he decided to take matters into his own hands. He has dug ditches around his house, built steps where necessary to protect the house’s foundation, and even built a platform on his pavement to reduce the impact of the flow of water.

Unfortunately he still has to wait before entering his property with his car, clean his yard of the rubbish and watch how the cement platforms inside his yard deteriorate.

“I’m trying to protect my property from being swept away, but nothing I do really helps. When it rains I have the Vaal Dam in my back yard, and my neighbours have the same problem. There is just nothing we can do about it any more,” Eric said.

He also has a manhole in his backyard which blocks up on a regular basis, and an overgrown wetland behind his property which is not being dealt with by the municipality at all.

According to him, he has suggested solutions to each challenge, and spoken to the Mogale City Executive Mayor, Naga Patrick Lipudi, but still to no avail.

When the News contacted ANC Ward 11 councillor, Jim Molebatsie, he took Eric’s details and committed to investigating the matter. The News will follow up on this story as it develops.

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