Mpumalanga town owes R260m for water

2012-09-25 22:43

Johannesburg - The Bushbuckridge municipality owes about R260m to the water board, the Mpumalanga department of co-operative governance said on Tuesday.

"The municipality has already begun paying the debt and has entered into a service level agreement with the water board," the department said in a statement.

"[The municipality] started paying R5m a month over and above the normal monthly tariff in an attempt to reduce or settle the alleged debt."

It was this debt owed to the Bushbuckridge Water Board which had led to water supply challenges in the area, it said.

The affected villages were Lillydale, Casteel, Acornhoek and Hluvukani.

In May, Lillydale residents protested over drinking water in the area which had been found unfit for human consumption.

Nine people were arrested after the protesters torched municipal offices and a grader.

According to the 2012 Blue Drop Report, the water of 14 municipalities, including Bushbuckridge, did not meet government standards.

Apartheid spatial planning patterns

Residents were advised to treat the water by boiling it or by adding bleach before drinking it.

The co-operative governance department said the challenges in Bushbuckridge were historical and common in poor areas of Mpumalanga.

"These challenges are as a result of apartheid spatial planning patterns, where communities were settled on what was designed as farms without changing their land use," it said.

"These unrecognised human settlements have high population density and weak infrastructure to deliver basic services."

The department said a number of steps had been taken to alleviate the water problem.

These included the construction of the billion-rand Inyaka Dam and a pipeline from the dam to Acornhoek at a cost R117m.

The Hoxane water scheme was extended to 45ML/day, costing R70.46m. Pipelines had been built between Hoxane and Lillydale and sewerage facilities had been upgraded, it said.

"In areas where water supply remains a challenge the municipality is supplying the affected communities with water using water tankers as an interim measure."

The department said it was working with the department of water affairs and the municipality to address the water problems.

  • fanie.gerber1972 - 2012-09-25 23:23

    Without compound interest - 52 years to pay back?.....bloody hell - 2012-09-25 23:57

      So cause they dont pay their bills .... Who's fault is it??? Apartheid!!!! *clap**clap**clap**clap* - 2012-09-26 00:01

      We cannot blame Apartheid for everything, did you not have 18 years to address this water problem?? Apartheid gave us many excellent systems and infrastructures, many of which have been deteriorating in the past 18 years, whos to blame for this??

      mike.lamb.7777 - 2012-09-26 07:20

      52 months Fanie

      james.m.wood.773 - 2012-09-26 14:48

      @jock, of course they can continue to blame the old regime< who else?themselves? you must be joking man, i would love to see just one civil "servant" take responsibility or accountability!

  • Jellyarse - 2012-09-25 23:27

    Apartheid spatial planning patterns????? What a load of drivel! Total incompetence caused by affirmative action appointments. Own up and stop blaming absolutely every failure on apartheid!

  • Miguel Corleone - 2012-09-25 23:30

    Water is a basic need a birthright which must be supplied by the government or let them reduce their phat salaries and benefits and start thinking about the public more often

  • blou.johnny - 2012-09-26 00:43

    ....nearly 20 years AFTER apartheid, ...and they still blame apartheid...! ...incompetent useless fools...

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-09-26 03:41

    Apartheid spatial planning patterns..WTF ? If my aunt had balls she'd be my uncle !!

  • danie.smit.587 - 2012-09-26 04:24

    Do not blame yourself, blame apartheid of 18 years ago. Should you rather not thank apartheid for all the infrastructure build by the apartheid system, Show the same or close to dams, Water filter , water and waste water networks, and treatment facilities in any , yeas any other always black rule country in Africa? Without the inherited infrastructure in 1994, would SA have been any better than Mozambique, Malawia or Zambia today? Is there anything worse than a seeing person acting blind, because he do not like what he see? Did the whole except SA not apply sanctions against Rodesia, but still it was Africa's bread basket, with a currency stronger than a weak SA currency then.Now after 30 years of black African rule?Now bankrupt Zim with a totally wortless currency, no one except the black political elite and their overpaid soldiers and police stayed behind, with the to poor and old to leave. Is that SA future agter another 15 years of ANC rule. Would they the poor people that had a better life in the apartheid SA wait that long?

  • mc.segal.5 - 2012-09-26 05:34

    Must be an apartheid plot.Bleach turns things white.

  • scholesss - 2012-09-26 05:44

    apertheid era long gone..its wasteful to blame it..

  • gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-09-26 06:06

    And again it's the rate payers who must face the music. I bet there was money, but some sh*tholes used it for S&T, or bodyguard's salaries and overtime. What a banana republic!

      J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-09-26 07:36

      Correct. Neighbouring Thaba Chweu Municiapality was bailed out for the same reason, partly by National Grant, partly by intensive collection over two under the direction of an interim administrator T Mokale. This won't be done for Bushbuckridge because it has a weak collection base. This will be a write-off for the Water Board. When the New Democraracy came I expected inefficiency, but I never foresaw the wholesale loss of skilled people from Municipal service or the wholesale theft - now a gridlock which can be solved only from the top. I was naive.

  • stephen.king.900 - 2012-09-26 06:13

    Apartheid. Wrong, if anything it left them with a first world infrastructure which they allowed to collapse to a third world infrastructure because of their incompatance, corruption and neopotism.

  • braamc - 2012-09-26 06:37

    We want and demand all for free

  • Johannes Bothma - 2012-09-26 07:54

    Mandela once said; it is everyones basic human right to have water & elec. That is wrong, it is a privelidge which some of us pay 4 and the rest dont!

      marie.salzwedel - 2012-09-26 09:15

      I agree. Years ago "DURING THE APARTHEID ERA" if you could not pay for electricity you had to use lamps or candles!!!!! IT WAS NOT FOR FREE!!!

  • harold.parsons.37 - 2012-09-26 10:37

    No people from the ruling party have made a comment here. Whats wrong are you guys to embarrassed to admit you messed up.

  • sihlangu.hokweni - 2012-09-26 10:56

    The former Mayor,Mr Milton Morema/e wasted a lot of money enriching himself

      lynette.venter.12 - 2012-09-26 13:18

      Should we be surprised ?

  • trevor.bush.9655 - 2012-10-02 14:37

    What amazes me is that South Africa is the ONLY country in Africa that was a success and was regarded as the POWERHOUSE of Africa, country that bucked the trend of African states being run by African Dictators who KILLED any one that opposed them, leaders lived in luxury and be damned with the people, blaming the West for all their problems, having no infrastructure except selling off it's minerals..oil......but hang on...this is starting to sound like the "New South Africa"...we even had our own Sharpville sequel the otherday, Julius the poor 31yr old boy owes SARS what +-15mllion, Zuma is upgrading his residence to the cost of HUNDREDS of millions before he is tossed out as President, he also wanted to spend BILLIONS on Private Jets forget about using SAA...and the list goes on...hell...has the ANC now finally milked the Apartheid Cow dry, have they finally destroyed what was build up by Colonial investment and intellect that made South Africa the most POWERFUL and successful country in Africa??? Looks like it to me, we just taking longer to fall after a "African Revolution " because no other African country has ever been run by "Colonials" for so long and EVERYTIME the said Colonials are murdered, chased out of Africa, the country falls...VIVA ANC VIVA...racist Black Diamonds who by minority only care for one thing, themselves and how many woman they can own...VIVA ANC VIVA

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