Community in Dube Soweto living in bad conditions
Your home should fulfil the need for security and belonging. It should be your sanctuary, your place of comfort. The municipal locality where you live should then provide running water and basic services as well as a clean and healthy environment to live comfortably.
What you don’t bargain for is running sewerage with an overpowering stench that envelopes your house. KayaNews journalist Pitso Molemane paid a visit to a house in Dube Soweto, where he uncovered appalling living conditions.
There is also the risk of water-borne diseases, like Cholera, Gastroenteritis, and Hepatitis E.This week, KayaNews journalist Pitso Molemane paid a visit to a house in Dube Soweto, where he uncovered appalling living conditions.
Running sewerage outside a Dube house in Soweto
69-year-old Elizabeth Ngobese who lives along Mncube Drive in Dube Village relayed her way of life. MaNgobese who lives with her family has complained that her house no longer gives her joy. To make matters worse now, there is a bridge under construction across from her home.
The construction work has brought with it stagnant water which is a breeding ground for insects, mosquitoes, and green flies.
MaNgobese says, “I buy 5 to 10 air-fresheners monthly. My windows are forever closed. Imagine living a life where you cannot get fresh into your house… How unpleasant and stuffy that must be.
MaNhonese says every weekend she has to chase away kids playing in this water. They think it’s fresh water to swim in.
She says their complaints have fallen on deaf ears.”
Under construction bridge in Dube Soweto
MaNgobese says the sewerage pipe outside her home runs from Meadowlands , Soweto where the situation is much worse. The community living on the other side of Dube station say they have accepted their way of life, that sewerage running next to their home has become part of who they are.
The MaNgobese and her community are now appealing to the City of Johannesburg and the Gauteng department of health to intervene before the already unpleasant conditions , get completely out of hand.
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