According to the concerned resident, the river has become highly polluted and a terrible odour is released from it.
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.”
The area of concern is in the vicinity of the Bayview SAPS and has become an illegal dumping ground.
Don Baijanth said, “Generally, residents who miss the bin truck, support the illegal dumpers. The ‘trolley boys’ collect all forms of dirt and dump it wherever they please.”
Hundreds of irate residents and conservationists were fuming after litres of raw oil was spilled in the well-known Jacobs canal.
Nerissa Perumal, an environmental champion of the South Durban Community Environmental Alliances (SDCEA), who deals with issues in the Merebank community said that a scholar patrol working on Travancore Drive complained that the water stinks and has even turned green in colour.
Previously, upon admission of guilt, illegal dumpers were granted fines of R3, 000 which has now been increased from between R1, 000 to R5, 000.
President of the Silverglen Civic Association, Eddie Govender said that the organisation must applaud the dedicated band of civic members, who, along with their spouses and families did a sterling job with the clean-up.
Operation Khuculul’iTheku is a long term multi-pillar clean-up campaign aimed at addressing urban decay, creating a clean environment and sustainable city.
The SDB ABM team expresses their greatest gratitude to all the line departments and stakeholders which participated and supported the initiative.
According to the disgruntled home owner the lives of his family have been totally disrupted.