“Pollution has negatively contributed to the functioning of the stormwater network resulting to flooding of roads,” said the eThekwini spokesperson Tozi Mthethwa.
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“The public’s blatant disregard for the environment and littering appears to be the cause of most of the problems that lead to the malfunctioning of sewers,” Mthethwa added.
She sad the city had various interventions in place to address this issue and these comprised of both educational drives and technical engineering solutions.
“The pollution issue is one that needs to be addressed by residents themselves. While the city makes every effort to keep our city clean, there is no amount of cleaning and policing that can deal with litter if we, as residents, do not change our behaviour on waste management. Pollution and environmental degradation are our biggest challenges,” Mthethwa emphasised.