Uproar over stench at shopping complex

BUSINESSPEOPLE at the Maake Plaza outside Tzaneen in Limpopo say they are losing thousands of rands since customers have ditched the centre because of a burst sewerage pipe.

BUSINESSPEOPLE at the Maake Plaza outside Tzaneen in Limpopo say they are losing thousands of rands since customers have ditched the centre because of a burst sewerage pipe.

Customers are forced to shop in the Tzaneen CBD after the sewerage pipe burst at the entrance to Maake Plaza two weeks ago.

A businessman, who wanted to remain anonymous, said they were forced to keep the doors of their premises closed because of the putrid smell.

"When the doors are closed customers think we are not open for business. Only a few customers are brave enough to face the bad smell."

People who brave the smell to do shopping at the centre have to cover their noses with their hands to prevent inhaling the bad smell from the burst pipe.

"The bad smell is becoming a health hazard to people who work here and customers," said one shopper.

Many people in the area believe the complex has been badly managed since the death of the former manager Judas Rakgwale last month.

The businesspeople have accused the new caretaker-manager of being ignorant of people's needs.

The complex was officially opened in November last year by Greater Tzaneen municipality mayor Othaniel Mushwana.

It houses about 70 shops, including major supermarkets, banking institutions, restaurants, and hardware and furniture stores.

The complex management could not be reached for commentyesterday.

Acting municipal spokesperson Moroka Malale said he was not aware of the problem and would investigate.

As soon as he knew what was going on appropriate action would be taken to rectify the situation.

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