Ineptness shocking

2016-03-10 06:00

I FIND it disgusting that the formidably and inaptly-named KZN Department of Co-operative Governance and Tradition Affairs (Cogta) has the nerve to direct that municipalities such as Ugu submit plans indicating how they “will effect a 15% reduction in consumer demand for water”.

Note that the requirement is for a reduction in “consumer demand”, not a reduction in the incalculably massive and unabated water loss in the municipality’s crumbling containment and supply systems which, due to a shocking lack of maintenance and development, are leaking like sieves.

Who among us has not observed the countless and unattended leaks all over the Ugu district directly attributable to the unmaintained, dilapidated state of the system, and who has not been witness to Ugu’s failure to deal with normal maintenance and renewal of the collapsing system? The manifest signs of failure could hardly be missed even by a fool.

Our local newspapers have supplied photographs and reports on the failings of our municipalities over the years, but to no avail. Improvements have been promised over the course of many years, but any work done proves to be minimal, inadequate and of a token value only, very much like the shoddy repairs to the myriad potholes which year after year continue only to enrich the third-rate contractors chosen by the Hibiscus Coast Municipality.

Your articles by Candyce Krishna, “Ugu excavates road, leaves ‘chaos’ behind” and “Reservoir in ‘shocking’ state” (Fever, 3 March) bear photographic testimony to the untenable state of affairs that our municipalities try to hide from us. However, the photographs and reports come only confirm the observations of the general public and cease to shock us.

I moved to this coastal strip more than 20 years ago. I read in an official document at the time that water restrictions had never been imposed on the South Coast.

It is my informed observation, having lived and gardened here for over 20 years, that in this period our coastal strip has suffered far worse droughts than the current one, and water restrictions have not been imposed.

It is also my considered opinion that the water supply problems are largely a result of the municipality’s failure plan ahead and maintain and expand the system. I do not deny there is a drought, but Ugu must not deny that their incompetence is at the root of the water supply problems and that they have failed dismally to justify their ability as a water supplier.

Fed-up Ratepayer

Who among us has not observed the countless and unattended leaks all over the Ugu district directly attributable to the
dilapidated state of the system

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