ActionSA Calls for Urgent Action Amidst Looming Environmental Crisis in Buffalo City

ActionSA has been cautioning about the Buffalo City Metro’s shameful neglect of wastewater treatment and the subsequent environmental degradation.

The recent heavy rains have flushed out the city’s rivers and their tributaries and the volume of pollution that has landed up in the East London Harbour is not only a manifestation of what we have been cautioning about but is also an environmental disaster

ActionSA National Chairperson Michael Beaumont and Eastern Cape Chairperson, Athol Trollip recently conducted a “shitty tour” to highlight the appalling state of our waste-water infrastructure affecting our rivers, and coastline. What they witnessed served as a salutary caution and what has now happened is a damning indictment of the irresponsible practices that have led to such severe environmental degradation.

It is unacceptable that this has occurred under the watch of an ANC government that has just secured a 60% majority in the Eastern Cape. This is not merely an environmental issue; it is a profound failure of leadership and accountability.

The pollution seen in the East London harbour (picture attached) originates from Second Creek and every tributary that feeds into the Buffalo River. Residents of Buffalo City Metro should note that the recent flooding did not cause this disgraceful situation; it has simply exposed the consequences of long-standing dereliction of responsibility towards infrastructure maintenance, waste water treatment and  management.

ActionSA demands immediate action to address this crisis, as our community deserves better than to see its natural heritage tarnished by pollution and neglect. We call on the responsible authorities to take swift and decisive measures to clean up our rivers, ports, and coastline, and to implement long-term strategies to prevent such environmental degradation in the future.

This unacceptable dereliction of duty must be addressed, as our environment and our community’s health and well-being are at stake.