Kenton under Siege

by | Feb 23, 2022 | Blog, Newsletters

As a community you could at times be forgiven for thinking we exist in an impenetrable bubble. From KOSRA’s perspective, scrape the surface just lightly and you will see significant cracks emerging in most aspects that affect our lives: 

  • Water 
  • Infrastructure such as roads, sanitation,  soak-aways and the poor service delivery around conservancy tanks 
  • Security 
  • Town planning.  

KOSRA is active in regard to each one of these issues and we need your support. 

Water

Thankfully for the December rains, many of our visitors were not exposed to the underlying problem related to the chronically inadequate production of fresh water in Kenton and surrounding communities. The facts are a severe lack of skills at municipal, provincial and Amatola level to effectively manage and maintain the desalination plant.

Water related infrastructure has all but collapsed in places (parts of Merry Hill have had not had water at all for more than 70 continuous days), Norfolk Ridge has had no water for many months – we in the rest of Kenton are not far behind as the infrastructure has lacked years of maintenance. For example, you may have noticed the water line that has leaked for many months and continues to leak precious water from the desalinization and borehole reservoirs.

KOSRA is active on this issue virtually everyday, with the related organisations, BRRAG, The Chamber and Estuary Care. Countless hours are spent interacting with community representatives, Ndlambe, Amatola and the Department of Water and Sanitation.

Roads

Need we say more. The tragedy which is SA, potholes and ill-maintained roads are sadly considered the norm in Kenton.

KOSRA is in a constant process of engagement with Ndlambe to bring about even small improvements against a limited budget.

Sanitation

You are all aware on countless occasions the honey sucker does not arrive. Sewage pump stations repeatedly fail, raw sewage runs into our beautiful rivers and sewage leaks are evident in many places.

KOSRA finds it necessary to serve as the “sewage police” reporting and following up on the pollution crises that become evident all too often.

Security

As in all parts of SA, security is an issue. Our police force remain under-staffed, under- provided and under- skilled making security the responsibility of the community.

KOSRA is playing an ever-increasing role interacting with our sister organisations and assisting with the coordination of security initiatives.

Town Planning

A number of questionable developments (good and bad) have raised their heads. This requires legal intervention to ensure we maintain the integrity of the village we so wish to live in.

Call for action

First step – Please join KOSRA

We need residents to sign up and support KOSRA.  Here’s how.

Second step – Volunteer your services

To address all the above-mentioned challenges KOSRA needs skilled volunteers. (Town planners, legal assistance, engineers, ward representative and anyone willing to offer services).

In closing – if you are reading this and you are a KOSRA member please motivate your friends and neighbors to join. Secondly if you are not a KOSRA member and reading this. Please know without financial resources and competent representatives our bubble will burst.

KENTON-ON-SEA RATEPAYERS ASSOCIATION

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