For years, the river has been an environmental and health hazard with raw sewage flowing into surrounding areas from various points.
Despite the deployment of specialised engineers from the South African National Defence Force, not all sewage sources have been stopped.
The Vaal River clean-up project will receive another cash injection.
“We are sitting at the Rietspriut river which brings in the sewage from Sebokeng and the Rietspruit Waste Treatment plant. This water flows down into the loch and then down to Paryn and further to Bloemhof,” said Save the Vaal chairman, Malcolm Plant.
The Vaal district is in the grip of a disaster as raw sewage flows into the river from pump stations on the northern bank of the Vaal River.
The sludge is also flowing into the homes of residents within the Emfuleni Municipality, – posing major environmental and health risks.
“I have been in and out of doctors’ rooms because my health has deteriorated, including that of my children. We want to go to the doctor for a check-up, to check if we don’t have TB now, because a doctor said we could possibly contract TB because of this situation,” said Peacehaven resident, Khathatso Malete.
Businesses are struggling to keep up with the smell and the sewage that’s damaging the town’s reputation.
The department of water and sanitation says R341-million has been set aside for the Vaal River Rehabilitation Project.
And over a billion rand is still needed to complete the programme.
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