Residents fed up with leaks, rubbish in streets

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WITH Buffalo City Metro residents being asked to use water sparingly, there are still areas that have water leaks and the municipality is not doing anything about it.

HEALTH RISK: Garcia Flats residents in Cambridge are fed up of garbage being collected sporadically by the municipalityPicture: QHAMANI LINGANI

A resident at Garcia Flats, who wanted to remain anonymous, said he did not believe that BCM would ask residents to save water when they could not fix one problem at the flats.

“This leak started in December and I can’t recall how many times I have reported it, but no one has done anything. About 1000 litres are wasted every day,” the resident said.

He further said: “My neighbour has slipped and fallen from the water in the hallway. Kids who run around have also slipped and fallen. It is pathetic,” he said.

Water leaks are not the only problem that was raised by the residents of Garcia Flats. They also raised concerns about uncollected rubbish, open electricity boxes and broken windows.

Many of these issues were raised in a GO & Express exposé (‘Fallen Flat”) that was published last year.

Annette Vorsper, who is a resident at the flats, said they did not know how to ask BCM to make sure that rubbish was collected every Tuesday. “They don’t come every week like they are supposed to.

“If they come, they don’t take everything. There is always left over rubbish. This is not good for us and our children. It is a disgrace. BCM has forgotten about us and it is sad,” Vorsper said.

In March, GO reported that residents felt like the forgotten community and were up in arms when they cleared out their own uncollected rubbish from last year. Their complaints included uncut grass and an unkempt playground which is also situated in the block.

BCM spokesman Samkelo Ngwenya had not responded to questions sent to him at the time of going to print.

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HEALTH RISK: Garcia Flats residents in Cambridge are fed up of garbage being collected sporadically by the municipalityPicture: QHAMANI LINGANI

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