Zimbabwe rations water

2012-01-31 22:13

Harare - Zimbabwean authorities say they are making sure poor townships get uninterrupted water supplies after a typhoid outbreak, leaving wealthy areas with reduced supplies.

Harare official Tendai Mahachi told reporters on Tuesday well-to-do suburbs will get water about twice weekly. He said "the wealthy can afford to buy water" and cope with outages.

At least 900 cases of the bacterial disease have been treated this year in poor western suburbs of Harare, many having had no piped water for months and even years.

No deaths have been reported in the typhoid outbreak blamed on food contaminated by faeces from broken sewers during water shortages.

A cholera outbreak in 2009 blamed on the collapse of water, sanitation and prevention services killed more than 4 000 people.

  • Max - 2012-01-31 22:44

    The Zimbabwean situation simply defies human logic.

      Graham - 2012-01-31 23:43

      Making Bob and his bandits inhuman.

      Boer - 2012-02-01 01:28

      As long as idiot Mugaabs are around nothing will work. Fact.

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-01-31 23:03

    Really thoughtful solutions to problems. Might as well kill all the fat people so that there will be food for the skinny people.

  • Alfred - 2012-01-31 23:31

    Where are all the Robber Mugarbage fanboys now? Singing his praises from the UK as usual I suppose.

      Ben Vosloo - 2012-01-31 23:40

      Another African success story! True genius break what works so we're all equally screwed. Is this evidence of the capabilities of African self governance?

      Juan - 2012-02-01 02:29

      @Ben there are some towns in this beautiful country of having sewer running down the streets,and potholes so deep you could hide an elephant in it, so it seems like we are headed that way too.

      Anthony - 2012-02-01 06:24

      What is most amazing; That there are still those who praise Robert Mugabe!!!!! Millions of Zimbabwean refugees! The economy distroyed! The education system distroyed! The health service distroyed! The basic services distroyed! A tyranny unsurpassed in most countries in the world. And all this, with a totally useless AU looking on!!!!

      Gerhard - 2012-02-01 08:49

      No, no, no Anthony, the members of the AU are far too busy trying to rally up support internally for the top job to worry about something as trivial as this. And those not too busy are scoffing down tea and cake.

  • Dennis - 2012-01-31 23:45

    Look and learn all those SA's that think the likes of Malema will bring them a better future. This once beautiful and productive country brought to this in a short period. Just think about it.

  • Takunda - 2012-02-01 03:36

    im glad i left zim wen i could, so much zanu pf engineered chaos. unfortunately a lot of african countries r on their way or already r in this situation. im now a helicopter engineer, im black, have canadian citizenship, im single, i renounced my zim citizenship, have a 60 inch three d smart sony bravia, 3 d bluray sony 1000wats home theatre system, a beautiful house i pay a good morgage on, earn extremely good cash, i drive a four wheeler dodge ram amongst other thing i cant say coz i might seen as showy but jus laying it out there. im glad im living the life, so glad im doing awesome

      Henri James Christie - 2012-02-01 07:23

      Tell this to the African people who believe their selfish leaders are acting in their best interests even though they have nothing, Zuma and his thieves included with Mugabe and his thugs

      dave.j.colquhoun - 2012-02-01 09:58

      Hey Takunda, be careful what you advertise on this site. Our housebreaker also read the news sites.

      Sharon - 2012-02-03 16:25

      don advertise what you have on the net a zimbo may find your address and steal it

  • Arthur - 2012-02-01 06:58

    Heard sunlight rationing is next. If you know a ZANU-PF official, you could probably bribe him to brighten your day.

  • Warwick - 2012-02-01 08:43

    Viva freedom viva

  • SarelJBotha - 2012-02-01 09:15

    As long as Mugaab or any ex-terrorists are in control, no country can work right and the people will suffer.

  • dave.j.colquhoun - 2012-02-01 09:55

    Interesting article considering that water rationing has been the order of the day for several years already. Most of the well to do suburbs have their own water sources as the Zim Government hasn't been able to supply clean water to the polulation since 2007 already. Just FYI, the continual pumping of untreated water into the municipal system is what is causing the outbreaks of cholera and typhoid. Hey Bob, Try pumping clean treated water for a change and you'll be really surprised as to the difference that it makes.

  • Mfosi - 2012-02-01 10:12

    Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe oh Zimbabwe!

  • Jennifer - 2012-02-01 10:14

    Is this really the trip you want? STOP voting ANC because this is where they are going.

  • Drogo - 2012-02-01 10:22

    South Africa simply defies human logic. We also have here a smal white minority and huge black majority, same as in Zimbabwe. And yet our black government still supports their Zimbabwe counterparts to the hilt, despite the shocking and abhorrent murders and harressment of white people in that abominable country. So much for so-called "freedom". Freedom from what?

      Sharon - 2012-02-03 16:27

      africa is the begging bowl of the world

  • Marc - 2012-02-03 16:30

    What do they mean by poor western suburbs of Harare? Marborough, Mabelreign, Greecroft? Those are suburbs with proper services. Or do they mean Ndirivesekwa? Which is a suburb in any sense. These turkeys don't know whats what in their city. This would never have happened under responsible government irresepective of the number of people in the city and its environs.

  • Dirk - 2012-02-06 13:11

    Just make sure you don't drink any untreated water or water that could potentially have been contaminated en-route to your tap! Check out for real effective solutions!

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