Fix our pipes, say Mthatha residents

2010-11-17 08:10

Mthatha - Residents of Mthatha in the Eastern Cape are fed up with authorities for failing to fix the city’s water infrastructure, which has had water flowing freely from burst pipes for years now, the Daily Dispatch reported on Wednesday.

Ratepayers’ Association of Mthatha (RAM) chairperson Graeme Alexander said the leaks were “frustrating”.

"OR Tambo [District Municipality] is doing nothing about the problem. The mayor needs to take the lead and get things done - this is a health hazard. People of Mthatha have come to accept it as the norm and there is a lack of interest from management.

“Where is all the money being spent? We need responsible, efficient and proactive staff that will sort out the problem," said Alexander.

Mthatha forms part of King Sabata Dalindyebo Local Municipality, but OR Tambo District Municipality is responsible for water issues.

Old infrastructure

OR Tambo acting municipal manager Mbuso Ncube said on Tuesday that they were aware of the problems in Mthatha.

“Our biggest problem is that we have old infrastructure that has never been refurbished and the town is growing at such a fast rate that the infrastructure cannot keep up.

"What we need here is for the infrastructure to be redone and new infrastructure is going to cost billions."

Ncube said the money was not available.

“With the current budget we will only reach our target of ensuring new infrastructure and clean running water in 2022. That is why we have appealed to National Treasury to prioritise us, and hopefully by 2014 we can reach the target.

"There is an inter-governmental structure that is constantly meeting to plan on how to eradicate the problem."

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  • AJ - 2010-11-17 08:24

    Attention Citizens: if you make enough noise we will prioritise your case and fix pipes within ten years. I suppose once fixed other people will then be up in arms as they cant access it any more and break them again...

  • semaj - 2010-11-17 08:59

    So nobody knew that there is a mechanism, called forecasting, that would allow a suitable budget to be drawn up for short-term action? (by that I mean annual) But of course, if the population is not paying it's dues, how can a budget be drawn up? Catch22. Nobody wants to pay but they want a service.

  • dylan006 - 2010-11-17 09:41

    this is nothing new. i mean, only a third, maybe less, pay their rates and taxes. so how to fix anything? mthatha is a dump and now it is too late to fix!!

      GBES - 2010-11-17 12:22

      Credit control is difficult for staff without the necessary experience and support from their political masters.That is why the defaulters are increasing.Even if people voted for your party,they must be forced legally to pay,or reschedule their debt.A lot of private and public companies (black & white),are also defaulting !Most important of course,is that the council must improve the infrastructure.

  • Ragesh Pillai - 2010-11-17 09:43

    Its a complete joke in mthatha, you either have water or electricity. Sometime the water goes out for up to a week, same with electricity

      GBES - 2010-11-17 12:22

      Time to vote for another party?

  • Nic - 2010-11-17 14:31

    Problems in the poor areas is that their own people damage or steal everything so when something new comes gets wrecked or stolen soon after...

  • dictator - 2010-11-17 19:47

    Stop voting for the ANC you dumb idiots!"Aish,they don't fix my pipes!"Viva ANC Though!

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