Bethal sewage system failing

The whole of Govan Mbeki Municipality (GMM) is affected by poor maintenance and failing infrastructure.

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The whole of Govan Mbeki Municipality (GMM) is affected by poor maintenance and failing infrastructure.

Angry residents from Bethal contacted the Bulletin to complain about the stench engulfing their homes every day and night.
One resident said that they cannot eat as the stench is overwhelming. The Bulletin found large streams of raw sewage flowing into the Blesbokspruit system.
Investigation in the area highlighted a broken pipe system between a few pump stations.
According to a security guard (that does not want to be named for fear of intimidation), some contractors service the area but nothing has been done. There is some evidence of diggings but it looks fairly old and is filled with water.
The one pump station that we visited is not functioning at all and the sewer is flowing from the station into the field and then into the river system.
Resident are also complaining about their health and are stating that their children are suffering from the spillages.
The problem with spillages into the river system is that it eventually ends up within our dams. This water, in return, needs to be cleaned, filtered and treated to make it safe for human consumption. This treatment is done at an ever-increasing cost and effort.
The whole of Govan Mbeki Municipality (GMM) is affected by poor maintenance and failing infrastructure. The Bulletin has spoken to an environmental specialist of one of our mines and he stated that there is not one river or stream that is not polluted within GMM.
The sewer plant within Emzinoni was functioning when the Bulletin visited the plant on Sunday. It seems that the pipe system supplying the Sewer plant is failing and therefore polluting the system.
The sewage system at Lebohang (Leandra) is not functioning at all, this is quite evident when travelling on the N17 towards Johannesburg. The sewer smell penetrates into your vehicle as you pass the tollgate.
There is a constant flow of sewage in Kinross (close to GMM offices) that is diverted into the field. The pump station at Kinross dam wall is also a problem with reed beds growing where the sewage is flowing.
The Bulletin will bring further news in a later publication regarding the state of all the other towns, including Secunda and Embalenhle.

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