Water cuts - ‘municipality not clear on issue’

2017-10-05 06:01

ALTHOUGH some areas are now receiving water through water tankers, residents still feel that the Ugu District Municipality is failing to resolve the issue at hand.

Many residents have taken to Facebook to vent, saying the
municipality has not been upfront with them and that they remain unaware of what the cause of the two-week-long water disruption is.

This has resorted to speculation and many believe that the water interruption is a result of sabotage as the municipality’s
response to Samwu grievances did not sit well with the employees.

Umtwentweni, Anerley,
Melville, Sunwich, Port and
Marburg are still without water.

One employee, who requested anonymity, said employees are angered by the response.

At a meeting at the Ugu boardroom mayor Mondli Chiliza squashed rumours of alleged sabotage.

According to a response from the municipality spokesperson Shpelele Cele, the mayor has invited all councillors that were at the meeting to bring forward facts or information that could justify cases of sabotage in order for the municipality to pursue opening criminal cases with SAPS.

“At this stage, the municipality is dealing with this matter purely on technical terms, hence external specialists are coming in,” said Cele.

On Saturday the Ugu team said the Bhoboyi Reservoir had a blockage.

“A special request was made to the SAPS, who brought in specialised divers to assist us unblock the outlet to the reservoir, which restricted the flow of
water into the pipelines.”

It is believed that municipal management had met with the Department of Corporate Governance and Traditional Affairs and the Department of Water
Affairs officials.

This was to seek intervention by these departments in resolving the current water situation affecting the areas of Marburg, Albersville, Port Shepstone,
Protea Park, Umtentweni, Sea Park, Pumula, Gamalakhe,
Murchison, Southport and Port Edward.

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