Friday, July 23, 2021

Ratepayers should be outraged

The Auditor General’s annual report on Ndlambe Municipality is like living in Groundhog Day. Over the past 14 years that this writer has been working...

Sewerage repairs

Residents of Port Alfred are all too well aware of the sewage problems, encountered daily. Ndlambe Municipality has stated that the infrastructure is old and...

Tackling water availability

Port Alfred’s water situation shows no signs of improving yet, although we are a few days away from the first phase seawater reverse osmosis...
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Ndlambe Municipality cleaning up Port Alfred Duck Pond

Port Alfred residents and commuters through town may have noticed a flurry of cleaning activity around the Duck Pond adjacent to Southwell Road this...
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Recurring pollution in Port Alfred Duck Pond

In a follow up to an issue Talk of the Town reported on two weeks ago, we went to look at the Port Alfred...
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Municipality responds to abuse of communal water tanks by cartage company

On Thursday May 20, Talk of the Town came across this company, Makeli Cartage, siphoning water from the residential communal tank in Park Road...

Burst pipe cited as reason for latest water outage

Ndlambe Municipality has sent out a notice advising residents that a critical pipeline between the balancing dam and water treatment plant in Port Alfred...

Municipal property in Pascoe Crescent allowed to deteriorate to shocking state

Talk of the Town is highlighting this issue in the hope of getting municipal response. The following e-mail was sent to municipal spokesperson Cecil Mbolekwa,...

Rubbish removed from Duck Pond after TotT’s queries

Recently, Talk of the Town staff member Adele Steck took photos of the litter polluting the Duck Pond in Port Alfred, showing an assortment...

Ndlambe undertaking full EIA for additional SWRO plant as it seeks...

The EIA is estimated to take a year including public participation. Ndlambe Municipality is seeking funding for an additional 3 megalitre (ML) seawater reverse osmosis...

Port Alfred water crisis: 25 days of supply left

RO plant will supply no additional water, it will merely replace the ‘Sarel Hayward temporary solution’ In Ndlambe Municipality’s latest media statement on the water...

Water quality in the community tanks

DIRTY WATER: Ray Berman stands with 20l of water he had just collected at the Atherstone Road water tanks on Wednesday morning. He told...

RO concerns require answers

It might have escaped some Port Alfred residents’ notice – even though there was a “media statement” from Ndlambe Municipality widely circulated on social...

No EIA approval for RO plant

Additional concerns raised about environmental impact, safety and feasibility of process, testing Even with delays, the 2ML seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) plant and 3ML wastewater...

Decisions of the executive council meeting of the Eastern Cape provincial...

COVID-19 UPDATE: The Executive Council welcomed the progress report on COVID-19 which shows that there are currently 207 active COVID-19 cases in the province....

Port Alfred RO plant delayed again

Port Alfred residents who have been without water for months will have to wait even longer –the emergency two megalitre (ML) seawater reverse osmosis...

SALGA tables formal proposal for the 2021 salary and wage negotiations

The South African Local Government Association (SALGA) has proposed a 2.8% salary increase for the 2021 Salary and Wage negotiations at the SA Local...

Chained ‘pitbulls’ raise concerns

Neighbours are up in arms about two pitbull dogs allegedly kept chained 24/7 on a property in Halstead Road and the nuisance they cause...

Port Alfred fibre project halted

Ndlambe Municipality has obtained an interdict in the Grahamstown High Court preventing Herotel from continuing with its internet fibre project in Port Alfred. The municipality...

More legal costs for Ndlambe

Ndlambe Municipality is involved in another lawsuit which may end up costing it money – meaning the ratepayers will be the ones forking out. It...

Herotel respond to reader’s concerns

Following receipt of a letter from a reader, Neil Human, regarding the roll-out of fibre cables for fast internet access, TotT contacted Herotel, the...

Putt Bridge closed to vehicles for 10 days to repair sewerage...

Ndlambe Municipality has advised residents that Putt Bridge, the bridge from Wharf Street to Van der Riet Street, will be temporarily closed to vehicular...

Are tanks being filled or not?

The municipality is often blamed for ineptitude, neglect and deceit, but sometimes unfairly so. This week we received a complaint from a Bathurst resident who...

No penalties for RO plant delays

The appointed contractor for Port Alfred’s new reverse osmosis plant could be forking out as much as R12,800 a day in penalties for delays,...

Piles of sand eventually removed

More than four weeks ago, municipal workers went along Hill Street in Port Alfred, sweeping up sand that comes into the street mainly from...

Hydrant extraction explained

Something never mentioned in the water crisis updates from Ndlambe Municipality is the use of fire hydrants to extract water to cart to other...
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Site of new RO plant next to Port Alfred sewerage works

The site of the new seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) plant next to the Port Alfred sewerage works. Ndlambe Municipality awarded the tender to Cape...
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Site of new RO plant shrouded in secrecy as guard tries...

Talk of the Town went to see the site of the new seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) plant next to the Port Alfred sewerage works....

Port Alfred Business Forum update on current status of water and...

After the absence of a report from the Ndlambe Municipality Joint Operations Committee (JOC) for several weeks, the Port Alfred Business Forum has released...

Municipality responds to cause of latest sewage spill

Following the latest sewage spill in Campbell Street highlighted by local residents and businesspeople, as well as sewage spills in Van der Riet Street,...