Mafube Business Forum (MBF) is delighted with the ruling of the Bloemfontein High Court that Mafube Local Municipality violated by allowing raw sewage to be dumped into the Wilge River for at least 14 days. The municipality is now obliged to take the following steps:
1. To perform effective management and maintenance at the sewage plant;
2. update all necessary repair work;
3. conduct inspections on a regular basis;
4. act immediately if a crisis arises;
5. take steps to prevent pollution and sewage spills;
6. make samples of effluent available on request;
7. submit a progress report every 2 weeks; and
8. make regular payments to Eskom, in order to ensure that the sewage plant is in full-time operation.
A costs order was also obtained against the municipality and if the court order is not complied with, a charge of contempt may be laid against Mafube, with serious consequences for the municipal manager.
MBF undertakes to continuously monitor water quality and thereby put pressure on the municipality and to prevent pollution of our water resources and to manage them sustainably. We also intend, in collaboration with institutions such as Rand Water, to launch a large-scale awareness campaign among residents about the importance of protecting our water resources and the environment.
It is striking that TAU SA, according to a recent statement, is also now undertaking to put more pressure, especially on the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) to keep the public informed about the quality of river and tap water and to take active steps. to re-implement the Blue and Green Drop projects, as it is impossible to solve the problem if the department does not even know its scope. Please visit the MBF Facebook page for more in this regard.
MBF invites residents, business owners and taxpayers who want to get involved in community initiatives to visit our offices at 18A Church Street Frankfort, during our business hours, Mondays to Thursdays from 08h30 to 16h00, Fridays from 08h30 to 12h30. Also contact Marina via WhatsApp at 079 145 4295 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org