MARAPONG — The article “Marapong Stench unbearable” in the 23 June 2017 edition of Mogol Post, reported on the unhygienic conditions that residents of Marapong live in as a result of leaking sewerage in Relebogile Street near Marapong Complex and Marapong Clinic in Ext 1.
On Tuesday 27 June, Lephalale Municipal Councillors led by Ward 1 Cllr William Motlokoa and officials led by Municipal Manager Edith Tukakgomo, visited the sites with sewer problems.
Following the investigation, they discovered congealed fat, which apparently comes from one of the food outlets in the Marapong Complex, sanitary towels and sand which seem to be the reasons behind the blockage affecting the flow of sewerage.
The municipality said they are appealing to business owners and the community to work together to avoid the recurring incidents of sewer blockages. These cause the sewerage to overflow which then becomes a hazardous source of pollutants that can infiltrate the eco-system causing health risks, unhygienic conditions and discomfort to residents.
In addition, when municipal officials were working at Zongesien Treatment Works in Marapong Extention 4 on Wednesday 5 July, they found a newly born baby inside the sewerage tunnel. The baby boy had died and the matter has since been reported to Lephalale SAPS.
On Tuesday 11 July, Warrant Officer Frans Mokoena from Lephalale SAPS said the police are still investigating the matter and the baby’s mother was not yet identified.