During December 2017, a clogged drain in Merebank’s Travancore Drive had accumulated water which became contaminated, allowing mosquitoes and other insects to breed.
Nerissa Perumal, an environmental champion of the South Durban Community Environmental Alliances, who deals with such environmental issues in her community, had taken the initiative make the residents of Merebank aware of this issue by sending out a message of how illegal dumping can adversely affect people’s health.
A school patrol officer who would like to remain anonymous said, “I was surprised to see the municipality had cleaned up the drain about a week after the article concerning the drain had been printed in a local newspaper. Residents have started dumping again.”
She added, “From my point of view, this manhole was only cleaned just so people could dump in it all over again. We need to put up illegal dumping sign boards and people responsible for this should be fined. People need to change for the better.”
GIS and Air Quality Officer of the South Durban Community Environmental Alliances (SDCEA), Bongani Mthembu said, “I have spoken to the councillor of Merewent and he is willing to provide Merebank with the necessary amount of sign boards required.”
Those who wish to report illegal dumping, can contact the Illegal Dumping Hotline on 031 303-1665 or 031 311-8804.
Alternatively, SDCEA Air Quality/GIS officer, Bongani Mthembu can be reached on 031 461-1991 or SDCEA environmental champion, Nerissa Perumal can be contacted on 062-840-2033.