Feb 9, 2023

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Rescue workers now checking sewers as search for Khayalethu Magadla continues

A Johannesburg Water team inspected the sewer line along Fuscia Road in Klipspruit West on Wednesday while assisting in the search for a five-year-old boy who fell down a manhole while playing with friends in Soweto 10 days ago.< / p>

Khayalethu Magadla – who would have celebrated his sixth birthday a week later – fell into an uncovered manhole at a popular park on Mtambo Street in Dlamini.

The search and rescue operation began with the team , which is digging the embankment at the old landfill about twenty feet above the manhole to expose the pipe and drill to insert a camera.

“This exercise involves the team going from manhole to manhole to the Manhole goes divided chambers leading to JW treatment plant. The distance between where the search will begin today [Wednesday] and the split chambers is approximately four kilometers,” said Johannesburg Water spokesman Seipati Nyawuza.

Johannesburg Water has the community around Requesting support, understanding and patience the team is focused on the search and recovery of the missing boy’s body.

“We ask that the family be given space to endure this horrific ordeal,” Nyawuza said .

Khayalethu and his friends were playing soccer when he apparently fell into the manhole.

Police divers, municipal sewer engineers and firefighters have all taken the sewage system with them Special equipment was searched in vain.

Robert Mulaudzi, spokesman for the city’s emergency services, said the narrow infrastructure of the manholes posed a challenge for rescue workers. Visibility was also a challenge.

The sewage system stretches for about 20 km, flowing from Meadowlands to the Olifantsvlei sewage treatment plant.

The shafts are 1.8 m deep and have a diameter of 1.2 m The sewage in the pipes flows at up to 11 km/h and poses a challenge to divers. Higher than normal water levels due to rain were also a factor.

Mulaudzi said last week the chances of finding the boy alive were slim and the operation had been declared a search and rescue.

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