From sewage leaks to trees and mielies in stormwater drains, Newcastle needs love

It’s a Monday morning and you are driving along Hardwick Street, heading to work to start another productive week. It’s while you wait for the traffic light to change from red to green that you notice something strange.

It is a sight that one doesn’t see every day sprouting from a stormwater drain. It is a mielie plant and it’s bearing fruit. That can’t be right you think, as you pull away at the intersection and go about your daily routine.

The mielie plant which can be seen growing in Hardwick Street.

Yet, it is exactly what can be seen in Hardwick Street. A mielie plant has taken root in a stormwater drain on the busy road.

But this is not the only road where flora is flourishing from stormwater drains. On Drakensberg Lane, a small tree is reaching for the heavens as it spouts out the stormwater drain.

Another tree is growing from a drain in M Andendorff Avenue. The stormwater drain and tarmac giving little resistance to the flourishing tree.

This tree in M Andendorff Avenue is flourishing.

While the Newcastle Municipality says the matter will be investigated, has plant life replaced leaking drains and sewage? This coupled with a town that looks shabby, newcastillians want to know what is happening with the maintenance of Newcastle?

Have you seen the mielie plant in Hardwick Street, as well as the trees in Drakensberg Lane and M Andendorff Avenue? If so, what are your thoughts on the situation? Also, have you seen other plants growing out of stormwater drains in and around Newcastle, let us know?

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One thought on “From sewage leaks to trees and mielies in stormwater drains, Newcastle needs love

  • 4th Feb 2019 at 8:46 pm
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    They dig up the tar to fix leaking pipes and then the road is left damaged and it is just not fixed. Our parks are neglected and overgrown. Sewerage streams down our roads, it is not the town we know. So sad, we need to collectively do something and fight back.

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