Water woes mar festivities

2018-01-18 06:01
PHOTOS: FACebookA broken tap in Marburg on Monday.

PHOTOS: FACebookA broken tap in Marburg on Monday.

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THE Democratic Alliance says it is continuing with its push to have Ugu District Municipality placed under administration.

This after the district suffered more water supply interruptions and shortages over the festive period.

According to regular updates posted on the official Ugu Facebook page, the interruptions were as a result of burst water pipes in various locations around most of the district.

“For over 20 days during December, areas stretching from Hibberdene, Umtentweni, Pumula and Umzumbe were without water or experienced intermittent water supply. This unbearable situation leaves the Democratic Alliance with no choice but to push to have the entire Ugu District Municipality placed under Section 139 Administration.

“This action will allow a competent administrator to be appointed to better handle the water crisis,” said DA’s Ugu South constituency head, Dr Rishigen Viranna.

The DA is also pushing for all of Ugu’s bulk water services to be handed over to Umgeni Water.

“Again it was the poor, sick and elderly that have borne the brunt of the impact. The affected areas included many retirement villages and numerous elderly residents.

“The South Coast tourism industry usually thrives over the festive season, but this year the reputational damage to the industry is incalculable,” said Viranna.

There is also a petition that has been signed by over 6 000 community members, calling for criminal charges to be taken against Ugu and its employees for sabotage of the water supply.

Residents, some of whom said they have gone for weeks with a very poor and unreliable water supply, took to social media to vent and post pictures of what appears to be dirty water coming out of their taps.

Others posted pictures of water gushing from broken pipes and taps.

In response, Ugu spokesperson France Zama said while the municipality has consistently noted the water supply challenges experienced by certain areas as presented by the DA, the sight of the record of success and achievements made by the municipality in dealing with all the water supply issues in the affected areas should not be lost.

“The municipality remains steadfast towards carrying the service delivery aspirations of all residents in the district and is confident of our ability to be able to overcome all these challenges as we have done in other parts of the district,” said Zama.

He said over years Ugu has implemented major water and sanitation infrastructure projects across the district while also responding to the ageing infrastructure.

“We therefore reject any form of craven opportunism and hypocrisy being advanced by the DA, who also form part of the municipal council whom consistently sought to selectively portray the municipality as being inept, but who are very keen to take credit of the achievements made by the municipality

“We simply cannot allow this poisonous and deceiving web of propaganda to deter us from our obligation as a municipality to provide water and sanitation services to our communities.

“The task at hand is too big, communities who still need water and sanitation services are too many and the municipality will forge ahead with its developmental agenda regardless of how many stones are thrown at us,” said Zama.

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