Effluent Warrenton: ‘Our town is worth saving’

The Mpitsi family home in Ikhutseng in the Northern Cape is the one that their neighbours are talking about. “Come see this house,” urges a local resident, pointing to a squat, nondescript building. “It’s really bad.”

It is. The house is encircled by a sea of overflowing sewage, coated with slimy pea-green algae. 

But after years of living like this, Tiny Mpitsi seems resigned to her family’s grim fate. “It’s been like this for so long,” she shrugs with a sad smile. “We went to the [Magareng local] municipality many times but they did nothing so we are used to this situation. I don’t think we will ever get help.”

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Sheree Bega
Sheree Bega is an environment reporter at the Mail & Guardian.
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