Following several petitions initiated by residents of the area and pressure from the DA, we are pleased to announce that the R300 million promised at the petition hearing by the National Portfolio Committee of Water and Sanitation and Human Settlements has been allocated to the City of Ekurhuleni to address the ongoing water interruption and sewage overflow challenges in Benoni.
The existing sewer line that was installed years ago was extremely perforated due to a lack of maintenance and decay, resulting in raw sewage into the wetlands, streets and homes of residents.
The DA welcomes the oversight visit conducted by the Portfolio Committee of Human Settlements with the City of Ekurhuleni and the commitment they made to build a new sewer line in the area. See attached photos.
During the visit, the DA also highlighted the urgent need for the Water Use License which was hampering the implementation of work around the wetland on Marignane Street, Bonaero Park (Poo Lake) and requested the Chairperson and Committee to assist in expediting the issuing of this license so that the construction of the sewer line can be completed timeously.
The DA commends members of the community who took the time to sign petitions. This was especially useful in putting pressure on the Department to urgently intervene and provide resolutions to the ongoing sewage problems.
The DA will continue to monitor the construction of this sewer line to ensure that construction is completed timeously.