The AfriForum branch in Richards Bay on 24 May has sent a letter to Nkosenye Zulu, acting municipal manager of the uMhlathuze Local Municipality, and asked for an action plan to address the sewage problem at the local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). This follows after the branch received numerous complaints about raw sewage flowing out of the manholes on the SPCA’s premises after rain showers.
“It would appear that during rainstorms stormwater ends up in the sewer system which causes sewage to flow out of the manholes at the SPCA. We cannot accept this and local authorities must act urgently,” says Ian Rapson, Chairperson for AfriForum’s Richards Bay branch.
“The animals had to be temporarily moved to other cages to protect them from these appalling conditions,” he added.
“We see daily that sewage problems are getting out of hand in South Africa. This problem poses a huge health risk and it is as if we are sitting on a time bomb that could lead to serious illnesses at any moment,” says Eugene van Aswegen, District Coordinator for KwaZulu-Natal.
The Richards Bay branch invites the community to join their Facebook page and participate in further projects in this town. SMS “Richards Bay” to 45267 (R1) to get involved with this AfriForum branch in order to make a real difference.