Ugu prepared for peak Easter season

2017-04-20 06:00

THE Easter holiday season is in full swing and plans are under way to ensure that water supply services are not interrupted this season says Ugu.

At a media briefing on Tuesday, Ugu District Municipality mayor Mondli Chiliza said residents and holidaymakers can rest assured that a conducive plan was in place to ensure none-to-minimal interruptions over the peak Easter season.

He said Ugu systems were under severe strain due to high water demands, however, external service providers were contracted to serve should Ugu become under capacitated at any point.

“While plans to upgrade infrastructures are still under way and due next year, areas from Port Edward to Gamalakhe could experience interruptions. In such areas measures are in place to ensure normal water supply is reinstated in the shortest period possible,” said Chiliza.

Chiliza said that while residents in urban areas “cried over” water supply interruptions there were residents in rural areas without a water supply system.

“Some rural areas without an existing water supply system will be hosting gatherings with over 2 000 people over Easter. These people will need us to supply them with temporary water services.”

Presenting the plan was Ugu general manager of water services Lungi Cele who said areas of focus during the season included the security of electricity for water production plant and treatment chemicals, sanitation services as well Blue Flag beaches’ response teams for incidents of water contamination in rivers and beaches. “There is also a management plan, which will ensure that sufficient staff is at work at all times during the season with strict regulations for leave in place,” said Cele.

Despite probes by the media, Chiliza discouraged an in-depth discussion of previous strike action facing Ugu leading to water outages in December last year.

“Legal processes with Sanlam are in court, but I wouldn’t like us to dwell on it here,” said Chiliza.

Ugu municipal manager DD Naidoo said last week’s protests, which saw Ugu employees involved in what Ugu later confirmed to be an “illegal strike”, were resolved.

“Despite media reports of a full-blown strike last week, there was none. [It was] just a handful of people who came to address some issues, we dealt with the issues and that’s where the matter stands,” he said.

Naidoo said the district municipality had obtained a court interdict to bar any illegal strike action by employees during the course of the season.

“Plans have come from issues that happened previously. We are not saying there are not going to be any issues this season, but we are ready for them,” said Naidoo.

He encouraged residents to make use of the official Ugu complaints Facebook page to report interruptions.

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