SANDF deployed to resolve poor waste-management of the Vaal River system

The South African National Defence Force is setting up camp along the Vaal River, deploying its engineers and experts to resolve poor waste-management of the river.

According to conservation groups approximately 150 million litres of sewage flows into the river each day.

READ: SAHRC Vaal River crisis inquiry begins on Monday

Or is it a real admission that actually they simply cannot deal with the problem and what does it mean in the long term?

But is it right that the army is being bought in to deal with the remit of the Emfuleni Local Municipality?

Public policy specialist and lecturer at North-West University Kagiso Pooe says the municipality has basically collapsed most of its services.

They cannot do probably the simplest job for one of its biggest resources which is mainly the water in the region and this is basically the last straw and we should be thankful that the military has been notified which specialises in water studies.

Kagiso Pooe, Public Policy Specialist and lecturer at the North-West University

This should not have been allowed to happen.

Kagiso Pooe, Public Policy Specialist and lecturer at the North-West University

Hear the full conversation by clicking below:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Report exposes secrets and dodgy tactics of banks and auditors

Report exposes secrets and dodgy tactics of banks and auditors

The aim of the report is to show that this is a systematic problem, particularly with financial firms in South Africa.

Lost surfboard travels 1650 km from Kommetjie to Namibia

Lost surfboard travels 1650 km from Kommetjie to Namibia

A surfboard lost at sea three months ago turns up on a remote part of the Namibian coastline.

Questions raised about the Grand Inga hydropower project in Africa

Questions raised about the Grand Inga hydropower project in Africa

International Rivers campaign coordinator Ange Asanzi says there are many social and environmental problems with the project.

NPA: Successful prosecutions in Cape courts come on back of painful experiences

NPA: Successful prosecutions in Cape courts come on back of painful experiences

The NPA says it took the joint effort of committed police, forensic investigators, expert witnesses and specialist prosecutors.

Brett Herron resigns and accuses DA councillors of dirty tricks

Brett Herron resigns and accuses DA councillors of dirty tricks

He says he could no longer promise projects to communities while behind the scenes, insiders have been killing the projects off.

City promises decision on Salt River social housing project after council delay

City promises decision on Salt River social housing project after council delay

Ward councillor Dave Bryant says come caucus members want a more detailed presentation on the proposed development.

Human Rights Commission kicks off inquiry into Vaal River contamination

Human Rights Commission kicks off inquiry into Vaal River contamination

It forms part of a probe into concerns raised by residents and activists in the area, about raw sewage pouring into the river.

SAHRC Vaal River crisis inquiry begins on Monday

SAHRC Vaal River crisis inquiry begins on Monday

As a response to residents' concerns, The Human Rights Commission is set to begin their inquiry into the Vaal River.

Vereeniging streets pilling up with refuse and sewage spills

Vereeniging streets pilling up with refuse and sewage spills

Eyewitness news reporter Thando Khubeka gives an account of what she saw in Vereeniging where refuse is piling up.

SA Human Rights Commission to hold inquiry into Vaal river pollution

SA Human Rights Commission to hold inquiry into Vaal river pollution

Gauteng Provincial Manager of the SAHRC Buang Jones says what he saw confirms that there is sewage spillage in the Vaal river.

Eusebius McKaiser: 'This is a shocking story even if it is half true'

Eusebius McKaiser: 'This is a shocking story even if it is half true'

Eusebius Mckaiser shares his views on a recent article about the EFF using live ammunition on their members.

Women produce 80% of agriculture on the continent but own only 1% of land

Women produce 80% of agriculture on the continent but own only 1% of land

These are the stats revealed at the Female Entrepreneurs and Young Farmer Awards in Gauteng.

[LISTEN] Vaal River pollution has reached crisis point

[LISTEN] Vaal River pollution has reached crisis point

Gauteng Department of Water and Sanitation says the pump stations at Vaal River have been neglected for a long time.

Zwelinzima Vavi answers deeply personal questions about money

Zwelinzima Vavi answers deeply personal questions about money

Bruce Whitfield interviews the legendary trade unionist about his attitude toward money (hopes, fears, successes, failures, etc.).

Rand Water cuts supply to Emufuleni over non payment

Rand Water cuts supply to Emufuleni over non payment

Emufuleni Mayor Jacob Khawe says Rand Water has not respected the protocol of their arrangement about payments.

Municipality supplying water tankers to Emfuleni residents amid water cuts

Municipality supplying water tankers to Emfuleni residents amid water cuts

Residents in Emfuleni Municipality have been without water for four days in the middle of the current heatwave gripping Gauteng.

Popular articles
 Eskom buys fine coal that looks like baby powder when wet, says expert Ted Blom

Eskom buys fine coal that looks like baby powder when wet, says expert Ted Blom

Energy analyst Ted Blom weighs in on the energy crisis in South Africa as load shedding stage 2 is implemented.

Want to get rich? Got R100? You don’t need millions to start

Want to get rich? Got R100? You don’t need millions to start

Bruce Whitfield interviews Anthea Gardner, author of "Make Your Money Work for You: Think Big, Start Small".

What is a 'Modern African Gentlemen'? Mini SA asks a 'pretentious' question

What is a 'Modern African Gentlemen'? Mini SA asks a 'pretentious' question

Branding and advertising expert Andy Rice hates Mini South Africa’s new "Clubman Modern African Gentlemen Edition".

Now is the beginning of a new era - Jeff Radebe

Now is the beginning of a new era - Jeff Radebe

The longest serving minister in post-apartheid South Africa shares what he has described as an 'incredible' 25 years.

MultiChoice dumps all Steve Hofmeyr content from its platforms

MultiChoice dumps all Steve Hofmeyr content from its platforms

The pay-TV company has taken a decision not to air any past or future content containing the Afrikannas singer.

Is Kipi a ponzi scheme or not?

Is Kipi a ponzi scheme or not?

John Robbie spoke to Richard - a staunch supporter of Kipi (a financial social platform) about the credibility of this scheme.