In a pre-directive issued to the City by the province’s Environmental Law enforcement, it states that the City has failed to “adequately address the appalling unhygienic conditions in Dunoon, which is affecting the health and well-being of the residents and causing significant pollution and/degradation of the environment,” the pre-directive said.
The department said it intends to issue the City with a directive in terms of the National Environmental Management Act (Nema) which will compel the City to immediately repair all the blocked toilets in the area, by replacing faulty infrastructure and fixing blockages and leakages.
It must also provide toilets to accommodate all the inhabitants in the area, and provide an operational plan to deal with the waste management issues in and around the Dunoon Township such as the ad hoc illegal dumping sites. The department gave the City seven days to provide written representation as to why a directive should not be issued.
Greater Table View Action forum chairperson Karen Davis said she believes that the pre-directive is overdue. “The residents of Dunoon really live in appalling conditions and the City now needs to ensure their sanitation and water departments are brought up to scratch. While I do understand that the fact that they irresponsibly dump all kinds of things into the drains and this leads to blockages and damage to the pipes, education on these issues is key and a programme to educate the residents of the consequences of these actions is imperative," Davis said.