The Hennops River in Centurion burst its banks on Monday following torrential rains that lasted for a couple of days.
The rains caused flooding in around in and around Centurion causing people to be evacuated in low lying areas.
More than 60 informal recyclers who were staying at a waste sorting station in Centurion near the river had to be evacuated as well
Speaking to Bongani Bingwa, director of nonprofit organisation FRESH Willem Snyman says to stop pollution in the rivers is going to take a lot of education and hard interventions.
This is a national disaster and I think the main problem with Centurion is that it was built in that floodplain and the water just takes its own level.— Willem Snyman, Director nonprofit organisation - FRESH
I don't think there is anything anyone could have done to prevent that disaster except for not building so close to the river.— Willem Snyman, Director nonprofit organisation - FRESH
The main problem was the informal recyclers who were living on the side of the river and working there and one of them got killed.— Willem Snyman, Director non-profit organisation - FRESH
Water and Environment specialist Professor Anthony Turton says the whole Centurion area has always been problematic.
One of the things that are happening in Willem's area is that people are selling land to build shacks in the wetlands.— Professor Anthony Turton, Water and Environment specialist
As we speak they are depositing rubble in the wetland to stabilise it so they can build shacks.— Professor Anthony Turton, Water and Environment specialist
Centurion Lake has always been a controversial development.— Professor Anthony Turton, Water and Environment specialist
South Africa: Parts of Centurion were severely flooded by the Hennops river due to the heavy rainfall in the past few days. 09-12-2019 pic.twitter.com/EfKJnTNmzs— Rowan Van Dijk (@Lastkombo) December 10, 2019
Listen to both interviews below...