Fix our pipes, say Mthatha residents
Mthatha - Residents of Mthatha in the Eastern Cape are fed up with authorities for failing to fix the city’s water infrastructure, which has had water flowing freely from burst pipes for years now, the Daily Dispatch reported on Wednesday.
Ratepayers’ Association of Mthatha (RAM) chairperson Graeme Alexander said the leaks were “frustrating”.
"OR Tambo [District Municipality] is doing nothing about the problem. The mayor needs to take the lead and get things done - this is a health hazard. People of Mthatha have come to accept it as the norm and there is a lack of interest from management.
“Where is all the money being spent? We need responsible, efficient and proactive staff that will sort out the problem," said Alexander.
Mthatha forms part of King Sabata Dalindyebo Local Municipality, but OR Tambo District Municipality is responsible for water issues.
OR Tambo acting municipal manager Mbuso Ncube said on Tuesday that they were aware of the problems in Mthatha.
“Our biggest problem is that we have old infrastructure that has never been refurbished and the town is growing at such a fast rate that the infrastructure cannot keep up.
"What we need here is for the infrastructure to be redone and new infrastructure is going to cost billions."
Ncube said the money was not available.
“With the current budget we will only reach our target of ensuring new infrastructure and clean running water in 2022. That is why we have appealed to National Treasury to prioritise us, and hopefully by 2014 we can reach the target.
"There is an inter-governmental structure that is constantly meeting to plan on how to eradicate the problem."
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