EKURHULENI, May 21– The issues of illegal dumping, lack of water and sanitation facilities, and tarred roads are among major problems faced by the residents of Mayfield Extension 1 Daveyton in Ekurhuleni, the city said on Sunday.
These issues were discussed on Friday as part of the Siyaqhuba drive, a mayoral programme aimed at tackling service delivery problems head-on and led by City of Ekurhuleni Mayor Mzwandile Masina and a team of senior officials from the city, it said in a statement.
During the drive, service delivery problems such as illegal dumping, burst water pipes, and issues of lack of proper housing were identified. “It cannot be normal for our people to live under such indecent conditions; our presence here today must bring about urgent change in this area,” Masina said.
His interaction with residents revealed the dire state of living conditions endured by many in the Mayfield area. Nomnyamezela Mangwane, 57, a one room shack dweller, told the mayor how desperate she was to get a proper house for her family.
“My husband is gravely ill in hospital, his condition is worsened by the living condition in this place. I therefore plead with the mayor to intervene in my situation. I have been applying for a house since 1996, until today I haven’t received any assistance,” she said.
“The Siyaqhuba team noted problems that needed proper planning and sufficient budget allocation such as tarring roads and installation of proper water and sanitation systems”, the statement said.