Lenyenye’s crocodiles and sewerage woes

12 June 2018  Read: 76


The Greater Tzaneen Municipality (GTM) through the Mopani District Municipality (MDM) has allocated the sum of R90 million to solve the water crisis in Lenyenye. The taps in this township ran dry almost a decade ago.

The announcement was made during the recent State of the Municipality Address (SOMA) at the showgrounds last month. Municipal mayor, Maripe Mangena, said the municipality had heard the complaints of the community about roads and water reticulation in the area. He said everything is in place for the implementation of the project, and that they are just waiting for a response from the community.

“The community of Lenyenye were supposed to have received this information earlier, but they disrupted the IDP/ Budget meeting where the plans of the municipality for this year were to be detailed,” Mangena said.

He further asked the business community from the area to take a leaf from the book of the Jewish community who donated a borehole to the community of Bokgaga.

Mangena further added that the problem with sewerage at the Lenyenye entrance would be a thing of the past. “Through the Mopani District Municipality we are going to make sure that the Lenyenye sewerage problem turns into a thing of the past. We are going to fence off the yard and thereafter continue with the construction of the plant which has already commenced.”

When the Bulletin visited the area on Monday afternoon, the place was found deserted except for two herdsmen who cautioned this reporter to beware of crocodiles which bask in the sun on hot days. They said that presence of the crocodiles at the open dams is a danger to the immediate residents as they crawl their way into the nearby houses at night, seeking chickens.

The site is manned by three men who said they were representing the MDM. There was a huge structure to be used as the sewerage plant, nearby there are two more dams which are empty. Further east of the plant which has a dilapidated mashed wire fence, there are more than five dams which are filled with sewerage from the township of more 2 000 homes.

-Jan Mafetsa



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