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Activists give minister space to fix polluted Vaal River

VAAL TRIANGLE - Organisations formed to protect the Vaal River System reportedly suspended legal action it has against Emfuleni to give human settlements, water and sanitation minister Lindiwe Sisulu a chance to clean the polluted system. Save the Vaal Environment (SAVE) and the Golden Triangle Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a visit by Sisulu and another by parliament's portfolio committee for human settlements, water and sanitation. They sailed on the Vaal River to assess the damage caused by failing sewage infrastructure at the Emfuleni local municipality. TimesLive reports a member of SAVE and the chamber, Rosemary Anderson, said the municipality had, for more than 10 years, allowed sewage to enter the Vaal river system. This prompted SAVE to take the municipality to court previously to force it to clean up the system. She said eight judgments were taken against the Emfuleni municipality in the past 10 years. Anderson said the visit by Sisulu had prompted SAVE and other organisations to suspend legal proceedings to allow her space to fix the problem. PHOTO: (Supplied)

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