|Broken sewer causes endless stink at Ondangwa|
|Written by william Mbangula|
|Wednesday, 27 June 2012 23:32|
Commotion erupted in Ondangwa town recently as a result of a malfunctioning sewerage system pump that is said to be causing much discomfort and presenting a major health hazard to residents and business institutions.Negatively and directly affected are more than 40 workers and guests at the premises of Namib Mills near Okapana Service station. This is one of the areas said to have been neglected by Ondangwa Town Council (OTC) in the past, particularly during the rainy season.
A source at Namib Mills told Informanté that the problem of the malfunctioning pump started already in 2009 and since then OTC has been making empty promises to rectify the situation, which has not happened as yet. Owners of Namib Mills and Okapana Service where compelled to put up a makeshift bridge of their own accord in order to keep their businesses going, as the rain-water could have spoilt their chances of doing business.
“I heard the OTC had a crucial meeting recently planning for the future. This is surprising, because how can they plan for the future if they cannot deal with the current abnormal situation affecting us negatively? I am even forced to show my guests away because the environment at my flats is not conducive for accommodating them,” one business source complained.
According to reports there are more than 40 workers who cannot use the toilet facilities at Namib Mills and are instead forced to plead at Okapana Service station to relieve themselves. The house of the manager and guest house nearby are also affected by these apparent anomalies.
“This poor way of management is putting our businesses at risk, because any health inspector from the government can come and close my business. The reason for such action is very simple, I don’t have the required sanitation facilities. We are talking about health, safety and hygiene as a pre-requisite to run a food facility and if I don’t have them, it may result in the closure of my business. The health inspector will not go to the OTC, but will blame me directly. Sometimes one feels like running away from this terrible and endless situation. We are really sick and tired of these awkward conditions,” a Namib Mills source complained.
Martin Elago, Ondangwa’s Chief Executive Officer, confirmed to Informanté that there is a problem with the malfunctioning sewerage pump and his officials are hard at work to rectify the situation. Elago says he has also alerted Namib Mills about the situation.