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CITY ENDS 32 YEARS OF FLOODING FOR 80-YEAR-OLD GOGO

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Flooding in her home of 32-years whenever it rains is a thing of the past for Daveyton resident Gogo Gladice Sechai (80).

Friday, 6 April, saw MMC for Infrastructure Services Cllr Robert Mashego visit Gogo Sechai to put an end to her plight, which has caused damage to her furniture and home appliances. The cause of the flooding was as a result of an incomplete storm water drainage system, and blocking of the drainage pipes.

"We are a government that cares about the elderly and it is unfortunate that she had to live in distress for such a long time," said MMC Mashego.

A team was already on site unblocking an 80-metre concrete storm water pipe to channel water into the storm water drainage system. Construction work on the drainage system outside Gogo Sechai's home will include opening of three new concrete kerb inlets and improvement of an already existing inlet to channel rain water into the storm water drainage system.

Kerb inlets are often blocked due to foreign objects being swept into it during heavy rains. While construction work is under way, Gogo Gladice Sechai will be assisted by the City's Daveyton Customer Care Centre to put in a claim for items damaged by the heavy rains a few weeks ago.

"I'm glad my pleas have not fallen on deaf ears. I cannot at my age continue to live in fear of being flooded in my own home whenever it rains," Gogo Sechai said.

Residents are urged to report any blocked or damaged municipal infrastructure through the call centre on any of these platforms:

  • -Call 086 054 3000
  • -Email
  • -Twitter @CoE_Call_Centre
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