30,000 litres of sewage spills into Nahoon River
Buffalo City Metro will have to first purchase the land where the privately-owned station is located before commencing with its maintenance. However, the owner of the Beacon Bay’s Maldives Group Housing Development skipped the country three years ago, his whereabouts are not known. Meanwhile, the pump station continues to illegally spill at least 30 000 litres of raw sewage into the Nahoon River.
By Khuthala Nandipha
The Buffalo City Metro says the process of maintaining the privately owned and dysfunctional Maldives Group Housing Development pump station in Beacon Bay is far from practical implementation. On January 14, 2020 we reported that the Nahoon Estuary Management Forum has successfully managed to convince the municipality to maintain and upkeep the station.
However, the Metro has to first buy the land from the owner and purchase an undeveloped erf from the registered owner to provide for an access road to the pump station, as it is currently inaccessible. For three years, at least 30 000 litres of raw sewage spills into the stormwater system of the N2, ending up at the Nahoon River Estuary daily.
The pump station was deserted following this disbandment of the Maldives Association after the developer reportedly left the country. The Metro agreed to intervene after the Nahoon Estuary Forum threatened to take legal action for health and environmental risks posed by the station. According to chairperson of the Forum, Christo Theart, there were two meetings and a commitment from the Municipality.
“The privately owned pump station is in contravention of development approval conditions and BCMM is not responsible for the pump station and they do not own the land where it is located. Therefore, the City cannot spend funds on the privately owned station,” said Samkelo Ngwenya, spokesperson for the Metro.
An East London resident, Caron Williams reported the continued sewage spillage from the station to the police, submitted an affidavit to the Green Scorpions. However, Ngwenya is adamant that the matter has been discussed internally for a permanent solution.
“A report to the City’s top management with these recommendations has been drafted, which will eventually need to be approved by Council before taking over the pump station to fully refurbish it,” concluded Ngwenya.
Presently, the pump station has open pumps spilling sewage, panty liners and pads into the open field right next to the station. More pumps come from various households, but they lead to nowhere.
The neighbourhood used to belong to the Maldives Home Owners Association and is formerly managed by Trafalgar Property Management. However, Trafalgar confirmed that the company has not been managing properties for Maldives for three years.
The Association was dissolved which led to the abandonment of the pump station.