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Caption: The MMC for Water, Sanitation and Energy Cllr Tiisetso Nketle standing next to the sinkhole in Thokoza.

Member of Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Water, Sanitation and Energy Cllr Tiisetso Nketle engaged residents of Thokoza to report back on progress on the work to refurbish a sinkhole that is tormenting the area.

While engaging the public on a four-meter-deep sinkhole that developed at 7291 Motumisi Street in Thokoza, MMC Nketle also explained the frustrations caused by the sinkhole.
“When the sinkhole opened it broke down the sewer pipes causing blockages that resulted in the sewer resurfacing and overflowing on the streets affecting residents who live in and around Vergenoeg.

“A contractor is on site and has started working, however there is an unlawful structure built on the servitude line preventing the team from commencing with the refurbishment of both the sewer pipes and restoration of the sinkhole,” explained MMC Nketle on Monday, 11 October, at the Siyaqhuba accelerated service delivery activation.
The public engagement took place where the illegal structure has been built. She pleaded with the community to work closely with the municipality in temporarily removing the structure built on a sewer servitude.

Although the team of officials overseeing the project informed the MMC that they had resorted to jack the pipe system and to fix the sewer line through drilling to avoid demolishing the existing structure, they reported that their challenge was the illegal structure.

The MMC stated that while further engagement will take place, it is an inconvenience that can be avoided by getting approval on your building plans.

According to the municipal bylaws, a servitude encroachment is when a building extends beyond the building line within a stand, and in most cases extending onto neighbouring public land, or the building-line of a road.