Service delivery protest in Toti

2016-08-03 06:00
Vehicles waiting to enter the depot, block the road. Photo: tania sandberg

Vehicles waiting to enter the depot, block the road. Photo: tania sandberg

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AMANZIMTOTI’S surrounding areas has been without water and electricity for four days after a heavy downpour of rain and then floods.
On Thursday, 28 July a group of people from KwaMakhuta and surrounds participated in a service delivery protest in front of the water and electricity depot in Wanda Cele Road (formerly Old Main Road).

Protesters blocked the road from the early morning with rocks and prevented municipal vehicles from re-entering the depot at around 3.30pm.
SAPS and Metro police were on the scene controlling the crowd.
When the Fever reporter tried to take a photo, the protesters got upset, shouting and getting ready to throw stones, and police had to intervene.

By then a line of municipal vehicles had blocked the road, and one driver told Amanzimtoti Fever that they had more than 2 000 faults to attend to, due to the floods.
“How do the protesters expect us to help them if they prevent us from doing our work?” he asked.

A press release issued by the municipality on 29 July confirmed the state of affairs, declaring: “The higher than average downpour has wreaked havoc to utility infrastructure. This has affected municipal service operations, especially electricity distribution.
“Since the rainstorm earlier this week, the number of electricity related faults reported notched up into the thousands. Electricity outages became prominent as the rains continued, leading to almost 1 000 electricity faults being reported daily. The latest report as of 28 July indicates that there are still 2 592 faults outstanding.

“Officials from the city’s electricity department have been working around the clock since the beginning of the week to restore electricity to the affected areas.
“The officials were out and about even in the rainy weather, and as a result, only 430 of the above faults have been outstanding for more than 24 hours,” said head of communications, Tozi Mthethwa.

The Toti councillor addressed protesters and­ convinced them to disperse peacefully and let the municipal vehicles through.

Residents are encouraged to report faults to the electricity contact centre on 080 13 13111, SMS 083 700 0819 or email custocare@elec.durban.gov.za

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