Good news! Work to stop the pollution of Muldersdrift se Loop will begin soon. Since last December, a broken maintenance hole has caused 200,000 to 250,000 litres of sewerage to pollute a tributary of the Crocodile River, resulting in environmental damage and economic loss. However, Johannesburg Water now has the approval to plug the source of the problem. According to Roodepoort Record, this news follows pressure from concerned residents, businesses, and municipal officials from the City of Johannesburg and Mogale City.
The approval involves a temporary solution, which will commence during the Freedom Day public holiday week, with the final handover expected at the end of May. The overall repair project will last over two phases: the first phase being the temporary fix and the second being the permanent long-term solution, which officials earmarked for late 2023. At the site visit, it had been 130 days of incessantly flowing waste.
The temporary fix involves connecting a durable plastic pipe to a rebuilt maintenance hole and welding it to the existing supports. However, officials have yet to design phase two, but it may cost roughly R7 million. Despite procedural red tape and budget approval issues, the submission of an application for emergency funds, and the allocation of just under R2 million for phase one.
Ward 97 councillor, Jacques Hoon, attended the site visit and praised the significant contributions made by trustees from Two River Country Estate, Honeydew Residents Association, and residents of Mogale City who border the river downstream. Rehabilitating the river’s ecosystem is the ultimate goal, and an end to the pollution will be a welcome sight.