The sudden rapid attack on sea life, coming at a time when farm owners are victims of spurious attack; raises fundamental questions.
An “ecological disaster” is brewing at the popular Gillooly’s Farm in Bedfordview, Ekurhuleni, following the deaths of numerous fish allegedly caused by sewer water pollution of the farm’s lake.
Alarm bells about the lake’s pollution have been rung by area counsellor Jill Humphreys, who showed The Star e-mail correspondence she had with city officials, including the Department of Water and Sanitation’s acting chief engineer, Hendrik Botha, alerting them to what she described as an ecological disaster.
In one e-mail sent to officials in the Departments of Water and Sanitation and Water Quality and Environmental Health, dated April 4, Humphreys wrote: “As you are aware, I have been reporting for not weeks, but months about this issue. It is essential that the source of this ingress be traced. As a result of this ongoing pollution, the fish at Gillooly’s are dying.
If the fish are dying, so are all the frogs, crabs and numerous other creatures. The biodiversity of our metro is being severely compromised. More recently, as a result of large quantities of foam entering the stream, this has been exacerbated. We still don’t know where this came from. The protection of our waterways, lakes and dams is essential. We are failing horribly. Please assist urgently!”
Humphreys told The press that the Department of Solid Waste Management had “reacted very well” after she first alerted it to the “problem”, saying there were teams of officials removing “thousands” of dead fish from the water.