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Community support needed for remaining SST sewer pipe repairs<p>​</p><span><p>The City successfully completed the repair of two out of five sewer collapses that affected SST Informal Settlement late last year. Structures built by residents on top of the sewer system are currently blocking access to the remaining three damaged sewer sections, causing delays in repairs.  </p><p> </p><p>Following multiple engagements with residents and stakeholders, 16 structures were moved last year. This enabled the repair of a 10-meter section of sewer pipe, situated three meters deep underground. This first leg of work was done in December 2023 and cost about R421 000 to complete.<br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:1069px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span><p>The current situation in SST puts residents at risk as further collapses could occur because the structures are heavy and more people are using the area, putting stress on the underground pipes. </p><p> </p><p>'We are calling on the community to support the City's efforts to attend to the repairs by not hindering attempts to relocate affected structures. With the help of the City's Human Settlements Directorate and the local ward councillor, we are working on relocating the remaining 76 structures, so that we can prioritise and finish repairing the sewer,' said the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Sanitation, Councillor Zahid Badroodien.</p><p> </p><p><br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:1066px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>'It is incredibly important that the City gains access to the sewer system, supported by residents relocating their structures for  lives to be improved. We need the community and stakeholders to work together in an effort to deliver basic services and protect infrastructure for the benefit of all,' said the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements, Councillor Carl Pophaim. </p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:1898px;" /> </figure><strong>​​End</strong></span><p><br></p>2024-03-11T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#0c4188de-8fd0-4c65-ad50-f8de6fb0dd9c;L0|#00c4188de-8fd0-4c65-ad50-f8de6fb0dd9c|repairs and maintenance;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#424fbb2f-e27c-44db-b853-dbbdb893d37a;L0|#0424fbb2f-e27c-44db-b853-dbbdb893d37a|Water10

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