No water in KwaQanda for four years

2016-04-06 06:00
PHOTO:NQOBILE MTOLO Many KwaQanda homes have not had water for the past four years, however, they continue to receive water bills from the Msunduzi Municipality.

PHOTO:NQOBILE MTOLO Many KwaQanda homes have not had water for the past four years, however, they continue to receive water bills from the Msunduzi Municipality.

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

PARTS of KwaQanda, a rural area just outside Pietermaritzburg near Taylor’s Halt, has been without water for the past four years, but residents continue to receive water­ bills from the Msunduzi Municipality­.

The houses mostly affected are in the vicinity of the monumental - KwaQanda Rock.

Affected residents, who spoke to Echo, said they doubt this has anything to do with the drought.

They revealed, however, they still get water bills from Msunduzi Municipality, which has created confusion as not one drop of water comes out of their taps.

KwaQanda resident Vamsile Ngubane­, who has been living at KwaQanda for 15 years, said they rely on a water truck and rain water from Jojo tanks erected at various RDP houses as their only source of water.

“The nearby streams and springs have dried up. There has been no communication from the municipality on what the cause of the lack of water in our area is.

“Before we completely ran out of water years ago we used to only get water during the early hours of the morning.

“We would wake up at 3am to fill up buckets and pots. These days there is not a single drop of water,” said Ngubane.

Another resident, Nombuyiselo Mkhize, said the water truck only comes once every two days.

“However, if the road is wet and slippery during rainy days, the water truck does not travel up the gravel road to our houses and we do not get water for days,” said Mkhize.

On 19 February the Msunduzi Municipality­ was sent questions asking­ it to explain why residents are still getting water bills when they have not had water for four years, what is the reason and cause of the non-availability of water and whether these affected residents will ever have access to water.

Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Nqobile Madonda said the matter will be investigated.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.

Traffic Alerts

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Jobs in Western Cape region


Hotel and Catering Personnel
R15 000 - R19 000 Per Month


Western Cape
R10 000 - R13 500 Per Month

C# Developer

Cape Town
Tumaini Consulting
R550 000 - R600 000 Per Year

Property [change area]

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.