Water essential for life

2016-12-15 06:02

WATER sustains life. Like the air we breathe, food and a few other things, what could be more essential than water?

Many are considering finding and drilling boreholes and other means to store water as a contingency measure because the municipality is unreliable.

How did the frail, patients, children and the elderly cope without water last week? What were the losses suffered by businesses, workers and the negative effect on tourism?

Section 10 and 11 of our constitution clearly protects the right to human dignity and the right to life which was blatantly disrespected. Legal experts are well aware of the laws being broken. If legal action is necessary to correct, protect and prevent us from future injustice and suffering, then so be it.

The mayors and their leaders are clearly powerless puppets, having no remedy and control over this situation. Why did they take so long to restore the water supply or provide alternative supply?

On the second issue, the Bhoyi-bhoyi dam is not a proper catchment dam. As mentioned by the municipality in earlier articles, the water is being pumped from the Umzimkhulu river into the Bhoyi-bhoyi dam. The municipality had mentioned in the past that, lack of rainfall was their reason for the shortage of water. There is no major catchment dam that is collecting this rainfall from our greater region. Therefore most of our rainfall is being washed away into the sea and not collected.

How can the municipality use the drought as their reason for water shortage when they don’t even have a proper system of collecting and storing most of the rainfall in our greater area?

The people of Ugu must take responsibility, ownership and get involved in addressing and resolving our water problems or we will suffer major consequences in the near future because of our ignorance, complacency and oversight. As we are not getting clear, honest and sincere answers and explanations from the municipality, we the people of Ugu need to demand from local, provincial and national government spheres, that a study be conducted and a long term budget be created over the upcoming years to secure our future water supply needs.

We as South Africans have become numb to the wrongs being committed in our society. We are, if not, already created an insensitive, selfish, complacent, don’t care, “each man for himself” culture in our country. This type of culture has never worked in the history of mankind and will never work now and in the long run.

E. Rangasamy

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