Businesses keeping a close eye on progress at pipeline

2014-06-11 00:00

DURBAN businesses are watching the developments around the water pipe-supporting steel bridge very closely.

Some Durban North and Umhlanga restaurants said a water crisis could be disastrous to their businesses as water was essential in their smooth running.

Zainul Patel of the My Diner’s restaurant in Umhlanga Rocks said they do not have a back-up plan and that if they should experience water cuts for several days, they hoped the municipality would intervene.

Nicolette Gumane of Wellness Boutique Day Spar said the facility could not operate without water. “We would not be able to attend to our clients because we use water before and after treating them. The worst is that we also run a restaurant where we host events. Imagine hosting an event without water — guests darting to the bathroom, dishes having to be prepared and washed after the servings. It just wouldn’t work,” said Gumane.

When Ballito was hit by a water shortage in December 2011, some restaurants ferried water from municipal water tankers or from their own reserve tanks to keep business going.

Suralda van Zyle of Hops Pub and Grill said during the week-long water crisis they had to volunteer to ferry water to the bathrooms. “Luckily for us we had a giant water tank which kept rain water so we managed, although it was tough,” said Van Zyle.

Cobus Oelofse of the Ballito Chamber of Commerce said businesses were affected differently. “Although I was not with the chamber at that time, given that it was festive season and people were on holiday the incident did cause a bit of a dent to business, but we survived,” said Oelofse. — Witness Reporter.

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