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Saturday, September 19, 2020
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    Unbarricaded excavations in eMbalenhle

    The eMbalenhle community noticed that during August, a contract company were digging holes in and around eMbalenhle. Electricity poles being delivered coming from the Bracken site, Evander.
    They are excavating holes but never barricaded these to ensure the safety of the community as required by the Health and Safety Act of 1993 (as amended).
    The Construction Regulation of 2014 which prescribes in detail the responsibility of the contractor in relation with excavation.
    This nonadherence to the Regulations can result in a child or person ending up falling into these holes when walking around eMbalenhle.
    The contractor dug these holes to plant the poles for Eskom’s supply of electricity.
    What is even more dangerous is that with the continuous power cuts eMbalenhle suffers from and the streets lights that are dysfunctional, it makes it difficult and dangerous to walk in eMbalenhle safely without adding the danger of these holes.
    Community members are urged to take extra caution when walking around eMbalenhle and to keep an eye out to not trip and fall into these holes.
    The eMbalenhle community spoke to The Bulletin and said that they hoped and prayed that this would be the last time they would ever experience power cuts in the winter.
    For safety reasons, as per the Construction Regulations, it is required that these holes must be barricaded, as it is very dangerous for small children who live and play in these areas. – Sandile Mkhwanazi

    Unbarricaded excavations in eMbalenhle