Floods hit Hoedspruit water supply

2012-01-26 22:31

Johannesburg - Heavy rains in Limpopo in the past week have damaged infrastructure and affected the water supply in and around Hoedspruit, a local official said on Thursday.

"There is a serious shortage of water in the Hoedspruit area as all the water is contaminated and undrinkable," Maruleng Municipality spokesperson John Seokoma said.

"Water is very urgently needed. Over 220 households were directly affected and that is excluding the farm workers and damage to farms."

Seokoma said the municipality and SA Red Cross Society volunteers were training communities in the area in water purification.

"We have an indication that people use 20 000 litres of water daily... Any donation of bottled water will be needed and appreciated."

The municipality and its partners had started a disaster relief account and people could go to its website to find out how to donate, Seokoma said.

Initial estimates showed that R6m worth of crops - such as avocados, citrus, mangoes, and maize - had been destroyed.

Infrastructural damage of R21m - to fences, irrigation equipment, dams, and store rooms - was recorded in the preliminary report.

"Following the first phase assistance with the hygiene packs and food parcels, there is serious necessity for clean water in these affected areas," Limpopo provincial official George Mamabolo said in a statement.

Mamabolo urged corporate citizens and communities to assist people by donating bottled water to the affected communities.

  • nicosmit - 2012-01-27 07:48

    They can't even maintain the current infrastructure, so good luck. Africa at its best.

      Ian - 2012-01-27 12:39

      Fair point about maintenance not being up to scratch - But come on Nico, ITS A BLOODY FLOOD, if by some miraculous event Pta or Jhb or Cpt or any of our major city's were hit by a flood there would be serious damage. Yes its all good and fun to blame the ANC (i do it often) but sometimes when Nature inflicts its fury its better to just lend a helping hand.

  • Dirk - 2012-01-27 08:18

    This is exactly the sort of time when you most need proper water purification at your point of use. Then no matter how affected the municipal water is, you still get clean safe water out to drink and cook with! Have a look at

  • Emile - 2012-01-27 08:24


  • margaret.mead1 - 2012-01-27 09:03

    This is devastating. the damage has been very severe. Some places are thinking it's not worth while repairing or rebuilding. If they do, they must research the best way to prevent or protect themselves from a repeat of this weather phenomenon.

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