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Over many days, print and digital media have reported on the deluge and destruction of the winter weather on the lives and homes of the residents in Cape Town.
The wind and rain have affected the lives of the communities from as far as Phillipi to Zeeloevlei, Lotus River, Grassy Park and Eagle Park.
If a survey should be done, one would be shocked at the health status of children and adults who have been exposed to these wet conditions for years.
Many household members battle with asthma, bronchitis and sinus-related illnesses. The rising damp and mould on their walls and floors contribute to this health hazard.
Recently, it has been advertised that a major construction (which includes housing) is planned for Schraapskraal. For years this area has been zoned “farming land”. Now, this wetland is earmarked for human settlement.
What will the impact of this development have on the environment and the residents who purchase homes in this flood-prone zone? What strategic intervention is there to prevent them from being exposed to nature’s challenges?
I am totally amazed that this issue has not been addressed and that people are just accepting a disaster waiting to happen.