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Bulawayo Struggles To Attend To Sewer Chokes As COVID-19 Strikes Employees

24 July 2021

Bulawayo City Council says its ability to attend to sewer chokes has greatly been compromised by surging coronavirus infections in the country which have also affected its employees. In a statement this Saturday, Bulawayo Town Clerk Christopher Dube revealed that five out of eight teams are currently in quarantine and isolation after some of their members tested positive for COVID-19. The statement read:
The City of Bulawayo would like to advise the public that its sewer task teams have been affected by the rising number of COVID-19 cases. As a result, this has impacted negatively on service delivery resulting in a growing backlog of sewer chokes that need to be attended to. Whilst all the precautionary measures of masking up, social distancing and hand sanitizing have been meticulously observed as well as vaccination is underway, this has not averted the spread of COVID-19 among Council staff, especially outside the work environment. The COVID-19 cases have resulted, in some instances, in the quarantine of the whole teams, wherein a member has tested positive, with five out of eight teams currently in quarantine and isolation. This has greatly reduced staffing levels available to attend to outstanding sewer blockages throughout the city, hence negatively impacting the reaction time for attending to sewer reports. As a consequence, a further increase in the sewer blockage backlog might be observed. Council is currently exploring ways to combat the situation through other means. The City of Bulawayo, thus, wishes to apologise to its valued customers for any inconvenience that is likely to be caused.

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