Water-shedding and its impact

By Drum Digital
12 November 2015

By Thembisile Makgalemele

Helen Joseph Hospital in Johannesburg had to cancel planned non-emergency operations due to lack of water yesterday.

The Gauteng Health spokesperson Steven Mabona explained that only seven operations were cancelled but the Democratic Alliance’s Gauteng Shadow MEC for Health Jack Bloom said 50 such operations were cancelled on Monday 9 November and another 50 on Tuesday 10 November due to water-shedding.

Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital, also in Joburg, didn’t have water, too.

“But there were good Samaritans who helped us with filling the tank with water,” said Mabona.

Mabona added that the Provincial Health MEC, Qedani Mahlangu, reiterated that the stakeholders should work together to effectively implement emergency contingency plans to ensure that the hospitals are able to continue with their duties.

“Water-shedding started Sunday [8 November] and today [Wednesday 11 November] the problem lasted for only half a day,” Mabona said.

Meanwhile, the City of Johannesburg announced level two water restrictions on Monday in order to tackle water shortages due to the Rand Water reservoir running low on bulk supply.

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