LEPHALALE — After many questions from readers regarding the allegations that Sanitech and other sanitation services in town dump raw sewerage in empty stands in the residential areas in and around Lephalale, Mogol Post went to speak to Johan Snyman, depot manager of Sanitech in Lephalale.
Snyman assured the newspaper that in order to get a contract with any company there are very strict bylaws that they have to adhere to. Sanitech Lephalale are also ISO14001 accredited, which according to Snyman means they “dump” legally. The spillage additive is also environmentally friendly.
He says that they deliver a service to Eskom National and that in itself is enough reason for them to adhere to all the rules and regulations. The biggest problem that they currently sit with is that their vehicles cannot reach the dumping site in Marapong as the road is too muddy. Evidently there is also no one at this site to regulate the dumping. They received consent from Tedia Molewa, manager of infrastructure: Sanitation Division at Lephalale Municipality, to temporarily dump all sewerage dumping at designated manholes that lead to the waste water treatment plant. By inquiry on the maintenance of the road to the dumping site the Municipality said that they are currently filling up and grading the access road to the treatment plant in Marapong. The road should be accessible by the end of the week. Companies such as Sanitech have been authorized to temporally dump at designated man holes around town.
Snyman showed Mogol Post the document that shows precisely the amount of sewerage dumped from a specific place, for example 18 000 litres from company X. They also receive an invoice from the company. Safety files are audited so that proof can be given that the waste has been safely disposed of.
The trucks are all fitted with a drive cam and a seat track so that the control room can see exactly when a driver corners too fast, stops too fast etc. Snyman receives video clips that show any specific incident.
The seat track pin points the position of the driver and if he drives too fast – for example. “Through this we nurture better drivers. We spend a lot of money on safety and training” said Snyman.
“We are in the process of doing feasibility studies to lay down one of our own portable water treatment plants to avoid public misconceptions, amongst others” he said.
Snyman encourages the public to please take a photograph of the truck and make a note of its registration plate as well as the time and date should they see any illegal spillage occurring, this will enable them to investigate the incident with greater credibility.