Illegal dumping and non-functioning treatment plant pollute Klipspruit River

Issued by Jade Miller MPL – DA Gauteng Spokesperson for Agriculture and Rural Development
30 Nov 2023 in Press Statements

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Gauteng expresses deep concern over the rampant illegal dumping of chemicals and the non-functioning sewer pump station that is polluting the Klipspruit River.

During a recent oversight inspection at the Klipspruit River in Eldorado Park, the DA witnessed a company blatantly burning chemicals inside a drum on the riverbank. This blatant disregard for the environment and public health is unacceptable.

Furthermore, the sewer pumping station behind the Eldorado Park Cemetery is in a state of disrepair, causing sewage to spill into the Klipspruit River. This toxic combination of chemicals and raw sewage poses a serious threat to the health of both residents and the environment.

The Klipspruit River eventually flows into the Vaal River, a crucial source of drinking water for millions of people. The pollution of these waterways not only jeopardizes the safety of our drinking water but also endangers the delicate ecosystems that depend on these rivers for survival.

Our rivers play a vital role in our society, serving as a source of water, a haven for biodiversity, and a potential catalyst for economic growth through tourism. The DA condemns the irresponsible actions of those who are destroying these precious resources.

The DA calls on the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to take immediate action to address this environmental crisis. We urge the department to:

• Increase enforcement efforts to curb illegal dumping and hold perpetrators accountable.

• Expedite the repair and maintenance of the non-functioning waste treatment plant.

• Launch an awareness campaign to educate residents and businesses about proper waste disposal practices.

The DA remains committed to protecting Gauteng’s environment and ensuring the well-being of its citizens. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and hold the authorities accountable for their actions.

The Democratic Alliance believes that working with the administration we can build a cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable Gauteng for all.