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Plumtree in health time bomb


About 1 000 houses in Plumtree town that were built under the Hlalani Kuhle programme seven years ago are yet to be connected to the sewer system amid fears of a health crisis.

Plumtree Residents’ Development Association vice-chairperson Mhlupheki Dube, a beneficiary of the programme, said the delays had unsettled residents in the border town.

“The failure to connect Hlalani Kuhle houses to the sewer system and sewer pipe bursts have put the lives of residents at stake,” Dube said.

“We are now calling for the intervention of government and well-wishers to bail us out of this crisis.”

He said affected residents had to pool resources together for the Zimbabwe National Water Authority to connect water to their houses.

Dube said the residents were too poor to make contributions for the sewer system.

“Some residents here go into the bush to relieve themselves while others use septic tanks as toilets,” he said.

“This is not healthy. We want the houses to be connected to the sewer system.

“It has taken too long for them to be connected.”

Plumtree Town Council secretary David Luthe yesterday refused to comment on the matter, saying the local authority was not responsible for the Hlalani Kuhle programme.

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