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We're living in floodwater

By Nomaswazi Nkosi | Nov 15, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 10 ]

A VOSLOORUS, East Rand, family say they have been living in hell since 2004.

They say every time it rained their home got flooded.

Cynthia Yende said they always thought the worst was over until last Thursday, when they realised the present situation was worse than that.

"I have been living here since 2003 and my house has been flooded by water each time it rains," Yende lamented. "The latest flooding was the worst because there was also a hailstorm ... and we were so cold too."

Her son Sthembiso said: "Usually, the flooding affects the outside rooms at the back of the house, but this time the entire house was flooded.

"It was also dangerous because the (electricity) plugs were affected and we could have been shocked to death while we were draining the water."

Yende, 59, said she and her two neighbours, who were similarly affected, had contacted the Ekurhuleni municipality on numerous occasion to no avail.

"Each time they promise to come ... but they never do," Yende said.

"In 2004 the local street committee (comprising concerned local residents) went to the municipality to complain about problems related to service delivery, including the flooding but until now nothing positive has happened. In 2006 we went again, but nobody from the municipality showed up."

Some residents who used to live in the neighbourhood have since left the area.

Yende said a drain three houses away from hers is ineffective.

Municipal spokesman Sam Modiba said the Yendes' complaint would be investigated, and that a reply would be submitted to Sowetan once investigations had been concluded.

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They only understand court orders mamzo, take them to court for negligence of their duties and claim damages to property. You have that right.

Nov 15, 2012 7:7 | 0 replies

But how long people should wait for the government to do something for them..?instead of doing something,getting up and fix things on our own_we still relying of this useless gorvenment'' you need to get up/get up and do something.

Uzoy'tholakanjani uhlele e Corneni

Nov 15, 2012 9:0 | 0 replies

i grew up in floody water house but we were not blaming the government. go and dig some soil and try to patch there and there, its about time that we stand in our feet and work. government is not your god

Nov 15, 2012 8:29 | 0 replies

The council needs to put proper drainage system and go to court if need be. But my question is, how did people manage to build on that land before the council came in and put in proper drainage?

Nov 15, 2012 7:54 | 0 replies

"Some residents who used to live in the neighbourhood have since left the area"

Its obvious that the Yendes' will have to move from tha area as well.I don't see how the municipalicy is gonna stop the rain from flooding their house.This is not municipality's incompitance or anything like that but works of nature.Use your common sense Yendes',take it from your neighbours who already left the place.MOVE from that floody area.

Nov 15, 2012 7:47 | 0 replies

Pointman, I hear you too, but Vosloorus is a reaonably new area compared. Infrastructure always comes first, and it is designed for x amount of houses, and y amount of people. If you drive through Vosloorus, you see extra accommodation already built, or in the process, and that contributes largely to such problems. The area I stay in is an old area, and it was originally designed for 4-5 family houses. We now have families moving 20+ people into a house, and obviously this causes major infrastructure congestion. I believe these kinds of actions to be the first and foremost reason for infrastructure failures in residential areas, but try and tell that to people desperate for a place to stay, or make money.

Nov 15, 2012 7:39 | 0 replies

@antie - you have a point but this problem seems to be a municipal drain problem. It is either not being cleaned or is not adequate to handle the amount of water.

Nov 15, 2012 7:28 | 0 replies

Some loafer not doing his job and these people have to pay the price. Where is their councillor - next times he comes around to ask for their vote they should shower him with some of their dog poo.

Nov 15, 2012 7:26 | 0 replies

This is the reason why there are rules and regulations, even laws, in place of where houses can be built, and where not. Unfortunately with the high demand for land, people do not want to listen why certain pieces of land are best left open, and insist on utulising the land for residential development. They are given what they want, and then that's not good enough either. People must start realising that if you build your house on the wrong place, you will pay the price eventually. This was know more than 2 000 years ago already. There is a great parable in The Bible on where to build one's home.

Nov 15, 2012 7:25 | 0 replies

@Skizo, if i understand you well, i dont know if i do but do you mean they should call a meeting of neighbours, collect money, hire a contruction company to come and dig, install drainage system and only for Nomvula who stays in a previously 'blanke net' area come and destroy that, is that what you are saying?

Nov 15, 2012 10:4 | 0 replies