Gaping hole has Uitenhage man worried

BIG CONCERN: Chereese Scheepers, 10, stands next to the gaping hole dug by municipal workers to fix a leaking water pipe in Mountainview in Uitenhage. Picture by: Brian Witbooi
BIG CONCERN: Chereese Scheepers, 10, stands next to the gaping hole dug by municipal workers to fix a leaking water pipe in Mountainview in Uitenhage. Picture by: Brian Witbooi

HE reported a leaking water pipe to the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality and a week later municipal workers came out to fix it – only to leave a gaping hole in Perri-Grant Scheepers’s driveway.

The Uitenhage resident now fears the hole could cause the boundary wall of his Lovebird Avenue, Mountainview home to collapse, causing damage to his property.

Scheepers said he wanted reassurance that the city would fix his boundary wall should it collapse within five years.

However, municipal spokesman Mthubanzi Mniki said it would be difficult to say whether the metro would shoulder the blame for any future damage to the boundary wall.

Scheepers first reported the pipe when it started leaking last week.

On Monday this week municipal workers came to fix it, dug the hole and left it open.

“It seems as if the guys are not properly equipped to deal with water leaks. Our resources are being wasted,” Scheepers said.

“There are no structural damages to my boundary wall just yet but I would like the municipality to give me a guarantee that my boundary wall will not collapse in the next five years.

“If it collapses, I want a guarantee that the municipality will fix it.”

Mniki said: “Primarily and critical is that we have fixed the water leak. On Scheepers’s concerns, we will look at what is doable within the services that we offer.

“The main issue here is that the leak has been fixed, saving the municipality some much-needed water.”

-Mkhululi Ndamase

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