Water woes unending

2017-07-06 06:00
PHOTO: Fever reporterAlthough water has been restored to most areas, some residents in Ramsgate still had not a single drop yesterday.

PHOTO: Fever reporterAlthough water has been restored to most areas, some residents in Ramsgate still had not a single drop yesterday.

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

RESIDENTS between Marburg and Ramsgate experienced two weeks of frustrating water interruptions, with many taking to social­ media to say they are gatvol.

According to an Ugu statement released on Wednesday, the interruptions were as a result of “challenges with the abstraction at St Helen’s Rock and electricity cable damage at the Bhobhoyi Plant”.

This caused the supply networks to collapse.

Although water had been restored in most places, including Shelly Beach, Manaba, Margate and some sections of Ramsgate, other streets had not seen a single drop at the time of going to press yesterday.

Ray Nkonyeni Municipality Ward 19 councillor George Henderson said Ugu kept residents in the dark about what was going on.

“Their service delivery sucks and their communication sucks,” said Henderson, “people are sick and tired.”

No communication or updates were given by Ugu in two weeks, according to Henderson.

“The only communication that came out of Ugu during this time was about the Ugu Jazz Festival, nothing about the water crisis.

“It was only after Ugu manager DD Naidoo’s phone number and those of other managers were posted on Facebook and residents flooded them with messages that they woke up and issued a statement on Wednesday.”

He said the DA is taking steps to get the MEC to intervene and pull out the resident’s petition submitted in May.

“We want the Minister of Water Affairs to transfer water services to Umgeni Water, but that will take a long time and we need an immediate relief.”

He said even taking the matter to the Public Protector and the Human Rights Council takes a long time because of the investigations that have to take place.

“The ultimate would be to vote them out because they are contributing to the downfall of the South Coast. People won’t come here if there is no water,” said Henderson.

In the statement issued on Wednesday, Ugu apologised for inconvenience caused by the water interruptions and urged residents to play an active part in water conservation.

Join the conversation!

24.com 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

Traffic Alerts
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 24.com 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.