Residents ‘live for days without water’

2017-03-23 06:03

In his speech, DA caucus chairman, George Henderson said residents were tired of “living for days without water”.
“We are tired of their [Ugu’s] slow reaction to supply relief water tankers ... their poor or no communication … us [DA] dragging regular updates from them [Ugu] to update our residents … their constant polluting of our rivers and streams through their inefficiency in maintaining their plant and equipment. This is a disaster waiting to happen,” said Henderson.
He said Ugu decided years ago that it would connect more residents to the Bobhoyi and Umtamvuna water production plants, but without proper planning.
“There is no planned maintenance, only crisis management … this crisis is continuing as many areas have been without water for weeks. There are more and more breaks daily as the old infrastructure is crumbling,” he said.

Dr Rishigen Viranna MPL, Constituency Head: Ugu South

said the water crisis is now continuing into its second year.
“It is not only the vulnerable who suffer, but the whole society,” said Viranna.
He said the water cuts in the 2016 festive season lasted for over four weeks. Ugu South Coast Tourism released figures which stated that the last set of water cuts cost businesses over R98 million and 160 people their jobs.

“This water crisis is continuing. As we march today, areas of Port Edward, Gamalakhe, Gcilima, KwaXolo and Ramsgate are still without water,” he said.

“The political leadership of the Ugu District Municipality had their chance to fix these incessant problems … we know that this water crisis is not caused by the drought, but poor planning and lack of infrastructure maintenance.” Read more on page 4.

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