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Kenton-on-Sea residents lament health issues due to inadequate sewerage system
25 January 2021, 1:02 PM

Residents of the coastal town of Kenton-on-Sea and surrounding informal settlements in the Eastern Cape are concerned about their health following years of complaints about an inadequate sewerage system.  

Although upgrades are under way, the frustrated community says COVID-19 has made things even more difficult.  

One of the waterworks sewerage system was designed for the processing of grey water only.  

With the mushrooming of informal settlementsraw sewage is now a big factor, something the sewerage system cannot process.  

Deputy Chairperson of the Ekuphumleni Development Forum Zach Ngxingo says the situation is harmful to the people that live in the area and the environment.  

“We have a river that is very sensitive this side and if we have raw sewerage being dumped into the riverwe can expect that the flora and fauna and marine life will suffer. There are people who stay next to this plant who are affected every day. That will result in the health of the people being compromised and don’t know how many cases we might have in the areabut for sure there have been many complaints from the people.”  

The processed sewage gets pumped into the local eco-system.  

Local resident Monwabisi Njajula says even though the local municipality has been contacted, nothing has happened. 

Some residents in RDP houses don’t have toilet structures.  

Another local resident Kholiswa Ngesi says she struggles with her grandmother’s health. 

“We got here in 1989, we lived in shacks until they built us houses. What they didn’t do is build toilets so we had to dig a hole outside. My granny is very old and struggles to walk to the toilet. It became even harder when she was infected with COVID19, she had it really bad.”  

Spokesperson of the Ndlambe Municipality Khululekile Molekwa says that the municipality is aware of the situation. 

“The plant is currently being refurbished. Therefore, the wastewater treatment works are currently being bypassed to the maturation pond to be provisionally treated. The refurbishment project requires emptying of the aerobic treatment portion of the wastewater treatment works to provide access to mechanical equipment. The appointed contractor is working with the Ndlambe Municipality to contain the impact that the refurbishment program could have on the environment and specifically the Kariega river. This includes the management and treatment of the effluent stream for the duration of the refurbishment,” says Molekwa.  

The municipality says the refurbishments are projected to be completed by the end of February.  

 

 

City of Ekurhuleni issues flood warning
25 January 2021, 12:30 PM

The City of Ekurhuleni has warned of possible flooding in low-lying areas due to the persistent rain that’s been falling over Gauteng’s East Rand.  

Residents have also been cautioned to keep a close watch on children to avoid drownings or being swept away by flooded streams. 

Ekurhuleni’s disaster and emergency services are monitoring the situation and are on high alert.   

Meanwhile, traffic disruptions were reported across parts of Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal earlier as wet weather conditions persisted on Monday morning.  

The South African Weather Service says several areas have been placed on high alert as Tropical Storm Eloise, which has now been downgraded to a tropical depression, makes its way into the country.  

The storm made landfall in Mozambique’s coastal province of Sofala on Saturday before moving towards South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana and eSwatini.  

The downgrade means that heavy rains are still expected but that the impact of strong winds has decreased. 

 Tropical storm wreaks havoc in Limpopo  

Several houses have been damaged in the Thohoyandou and Malamulele areas in Limpopo due to heavy rains from the tropical storm, as seen in the tweet below: 

Vhembe Disaster Management Spokesperson Matodzi Ralushai says they have received reports of damages at MbaleniKhubvi and other villages.  

Ralushai also says that low lying bridges have also been washed away at SambandouTswinga and Tshedza villages.  

Disaster authorities are still conducting assessments.

Reports of the storm leaving a trail of destruction in Limpopo: 

 

 

Man accused of murdering Klerksdorp petrol station owner remanded in custody
25 January 2021, 11:25 AM

 The man accused of shooting and killing a 50-year-old petrol station owner Kobus Fourie at Church street at Klerksdorp in the North West has been remanded in custody by the Klerksdorp Magistrate’s Court. 

Phemelo Pudieng will remain in custody until his second court appearance for bail application this coming Wednesday where he will be facing a murder charge.  

Pudieng was arrested last week Tuesday following a police operation at Stateng Section of Bethanie near Brits.  

Following a tip-off, police arrested Pudieng at his mother’s house.  

It is alleged that two brothers, one whom owns the petrol station, were about to enter their vehicle when approached by three armed suspects.  

A scuffle ensued between Fourie and one of the suspects, during which Fourie was shot in the chest.  

He later died at hospital.  

The suspects then fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash.

– Report by Sylvester Serame 

Competition Commission to probe steep increase in ginger and garlic prices
25 January 2021, 11:11 AM

The Competition Commission says it will be investigating the exorbitant prices of ginger and garlic in the food retail market.  

The Commission is warning retailers to refrain from increasing these food items.  

Over the past few weeksprices of lemon, ginger and garlic have skyrocketed by more than 300%,  this as they are said to help fight COVID-19 related illness.   

The Commission says they have received complaints from consumers and will be investigating the complaints seriously.  

Spokesperson for the Commission Siyabulela Makunga says they are calling on the public to make use of their SMS and WhatsApp hotline to report price gouging

We have noted with concern the public outcry on social media the prices of garlic and ginger. We also appreciate the changes in demand for garlic and ginger but it is our view the price of ginger and garlic have increased astronomically at retailers. We don’t think that the increased demand in ginger justified the price of up to R400 a kilogram. The Commission has been monitoring food prices since the beginning of the pandemic and we are following up on the complaints that we have received thus far and with sufficient evidence we are likely to investigate and prosecute cases,” says Makunga 

Increase in food prices during lockdown  

Research conducted by various organisations showed a significant increase in food prices during South Africa’s COVID-19 lockdown last year.  

Months into the lockdown, a study by Pietermaritzburg Economic Justice showed that basic food items cost 30% more than they did before.  

While this was partly attributed to a disruption to international supply chains and the weak economy, retailers had also been deliberately hiking prices, as found by the Competition Commission.  

The Commission says even though some prices have somewhat stabilised, consumers are still feeling the pinch.  

Director of the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit at the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town, Prof Murray Leibbrandt on food prices:  

– Additional reporting by SABC News 

 

 

 

Black Leopards parts ways with coach Dylan Kerr
25 January 2021, 9:38 AM

Black Leopards football club have parted-ways with their second coach this season.  Kerr was appointed two months ago to replace Patric Aussems. 

Leopards have parted ways with coach Dylan Kerr on Monday following a string of poor results.  

Leopards are languishing in the second position from the bottom of the log. 

Leopards Spokesperson Berry Ramunenyiwa says assistant coaches Lehlohonolo Seema and Morgan Shivambu have been appointed as interim coaches.

We have as Black Leopards separated amicably with coach Dylan Kerr and will have Mr Shivambu and Mr Seema as our interim coaches until further notice. We wish Mr Kerr well.” 

Leopards parted-ways with four coaches last season.

Kerr refused to comment.

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