Mpumalanga towns without water

2011-10-12 08:54

Mbombela - Residents of eMalahleni (Witbank), Ogies and Phola in Mpumalanga have been without water for a week, according to a report on Wednesday.

Some neighbourhoods in the areas had also been left without electricity.

Beeld newspaper interviewed several people who complained about the situation, including the owner of a smallholding outside eMalahleni, who said he had to buy water for his animals from farmers in Middelburg.

"The power and the water have been off for a week now," Henry Stevenson said.

Residents say they are not getting any answers.

Beeld said Lebohang Mofokeng, of the eMalahleni council, said he had visited Phola township and was aware of the complaints.

He said Rand Water's help was called in on Tuesday.

He blamed ageing infrastructure, and cable theft at substations, which means the water pumps are unable to work.

A security company has been appointed to guard the substations.

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  • Liberty - 2011-10-12 09:05

    Welcome to the descent into the dark ages under the leadership of ANC cadres

      Matt :-) - 2011-10-12 09:14

      Yup... if 3 towns are without water and electricity, they should take IMMEDIATE action to fix it - not let everyone suffer all week? I guess the municipal workers were too busy sleeping at their desks and scratching their butts to bother fixing the problem? The residents shouldn't be taking this, they should be on the streets protesting for a resolution!

      Stinkhout - 2011-10-12 09:20

      We need a new word since the use of “incompetence” only make the ANC look good.

      Johnny-BB - 2011-10-12 09:27

      .....the ANC controlled municipality of Witbank (eMalahleni) is useless to say the least..!! ....they just CANNOT provide water or electricity on a continues basis...!! ....They are quick to blame the aging infrastructure.. ...but whos fault is that..?? ....Why dont they do any maintenace on the system..?? ....what happend to '"planning" and "management"...?? ....The whole useless lot should be fired and replaced with COMPETENT persons...!!! ...and it getting worse every day...!!!

      Matt :-) - 2011-10-12 09:30

      @ Stinkhout - well last week we were given the new word "maaifoedie"...

      Johnny-BB - 2011-10-12 09:37

      ...and I stay in that filthy place... ....called eMalahleni... ...totally buggered up by the ANC, in just 17 years......

      Rory - 2011-10-12 09:51

      Ha Ha Johnny BB, thats for all the unfounded hater things you post about the springboks in all the sports chats - for that you deserve to stay in emalahleni!! Haha! suck it you sad pratt! Ha ha ha thats justice - flower team style!

      Dave50 - 2011-10-12 11:25

      Who have we got that can do any better ?

      John - 2011-10-12 11:36

      Liberty you wrong in making that statement,the apartheid goverment forgot to do the 250 hour service and inspection of the equipment before handing it over to the new regime 17 years ago.

      aarchaic - 2011-10-12 14:19

      they failed to mention that Kriel was without water also for about TWO WEEKS!! apparently the main waterline was broken and they could not fix it untill the 8th of October. I took about 300 liters of water from Pretoria to my parents the one weekend. AND the Counsel said they will only provide water to the schools and clinics the rest must sort themselfs out!

  • Flower27 - 2011-10-12 09:06

    The census costs Billions! Temporary employment for people and a party for criminals. We know the problem areas the government could have spent the money to rectify utilities in areas as identified above. But of course they need to "create employment" (only temporary so don't be fooled) to boost their own ego. Meanwhile thousands is spent on hired cars for the wives of our president, the SABC gets a new fleet of cars - will they never learn? The poor people of course do not know this.

  • Darwinian - 2011-10-12 09:11

    ANC = Another Night with Candles......

      Matt :-) - 2011-10-12 09:12

      Is that dry humour...

      sniperman - 2011-10-12 09:43

      @Matt. No this is Black Humor

      Meanleader - 2011-10-12 11:14

      No , that is "light" humour son .

  • Thepudi - 2011-10-12 09:17

    The place is a mess. i was there over the weekend and people were cooking with dirty water. there is this awful sewege smell.

      Ockert - 2011-10-12 09:19


      Johnny-BB - 2011-10-12 09:32

      ...eMalahleni-ANC-municipality = incompetent and useless..!!!

  • Skywalker - 2011-10-12 09:19

    Why is it that almost every article turns into a political or religious debate? NOBODY is going to convince anyone else. EVER. So. What is the bloody point?

  • letsee - 2011-10-12 09:24

    It takes lots of knowledge to manage anything and the ANC shows again and again to lack it.

  • siren703 - 2011-10-12 09:27

    I live in the area, it’s been the most frustrating situation. Ridiculous! We’ve been spending hundreds of Rands on bottled water that literally gets flushed down the toilet and be sure that we will still receive hefty water bills at the end of the month. Water cuts like these aren’t new, we pretty much expect it now and even when we do have water it’s brown, filled with sand and who knows what else. As for the sewage smell, as someone mentioned, that’s got nothing to do with the current water problem that’s just what we live with everyday. The are streams of raw sewage all around, sometimes people wake up to find their yards full of it. This has been going on for years without anything being done about it, now maybe with a little bit of national exposure things could change? Or is that wishful thinking on my part?!

  • MIM128 - 2011-10-12 09:31

    ...but the Minister of Water stays in luxury hotels. Ja, this country!

  • Ndlovu - 2011-10-12 09:33

    Back to the roots... dark Africa is in again.. take a bucket and go to the river.. thats it.. thats ANC.. thats real leadership!

  • Bart Zimzon - 2011-10-12 09:39

    Looks like another MONSTER.

  • Laetitia - 2011-10-12 09:42

    it's been like this for over FIVE years... I had the minister ms Edna Molewa here, blue drop man you name it.... NOTHING helped!!

  • Barryml - 2011-10-12 09:43

    Blaming failing/ageing infrastructur is no damn excuse. We pay our rates and taxes which is meant to keep all infrastructure in good repair, but the money is being used for expensive cars, houses etc

  • Suspook - 2011-10-12 09:43

    I know, I live in this spookland after all.

  • cgtours - 2011-10-12 09:52

    tHERSE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN PUT INTO JOBS BECAUSE THEY ARE black AND THAT IS THE SOLE REASON.Honesty/ mental capacity/responsibility/capability/accountability and just common sense are not words that seem to be in their language/culture or Genes, non existent and the majority have possibly never heard or witnessed what that means. Here once again the results speak for themselves! Do they realise water and electricity does not JUST happen, people with brains have to create the supply and MAINTAIN it! and the USERS MUST PAY FOR IT because it costs money! which does not fall from the sky like hailstones- somebody somewhere has to EARN it and pay TAXES etc etc.. BUT then the mental capability to comprehend this as well, once again becomes a problem. Next that follows is- stoning/burning/breaking down Municipal schools/destroying infrstructure/offices-which costs MORE money and the incapable! INCAPABLE people employed,are still employed(Not fired!and people with skills and knowledge and the right qualifications employed!)NO, back to square one, with more damage and still broken pipes/pumps etc.and the same idiots employed. Deterioration everywhere/rubble/stinking sewerage/ that is results for all to see!Ogies and these Towns were well run and managed for decades ,until their AA and BEE Morons arrived and now?It will be a problem forever until South Africans that can do the job are employed whether whether they are chinese/White/Coloured.They are all South Africans Stop AA! !

  • reyreason - 2011-10-12 10:00

    Only fix it when it is completely broken so that even more money can 'go missing' ! Go figure, ok so if the ANC wins the next election I officially give up in SA and wont bother returning, because if the majority of Safricans want the same shiiit to continue, then clearly I dont belong in this country, call me a voortrekker!

  • H2O - 2011-10-12 10:07

    This does not sound good,makes me feel very negative about SA. Our infrastructure is crumbling and believe me it is happening in the best of towns as well. You can actually see this happening. Mpumalanga is probably the worst of at the moment. It is just a matter of time before SA will be falling apart all together. For those who are not use to African standards, I guess we will have to make a move before all falls apart and it is too late

      farouk mohamed - 2011-10-12 10:23

      all u guys just complain and complain. u dont like, just leave, remember the root of this problem is apartheid. if there is anything to blame its that, it will take some time but things will get better, cant we do better than just complain? as an indian i respect the ANC for the 1 thing important thing they gave us which is freedom, not all the people in the wotld have that, such as palestine, etc..

      H2O - 2011-10-12 10:33

      @ Farouk- Yes, that is the only thing you will have in few years time- FREEDOM. No water, no electricity, no proper roads to drive on , no money, no job. So enjoy your freedom, and please stop blaming apartheid you fool..

      Suspook - 2011-10-12 10:58

      Farouk. During Apartheid we were considered a First-world country. We had some of the best medical care in the world, we had a very strong economy, we had great infrastructure, we had one of the best military forces, we had amazing industry and self-sufficiency. That all went right out the window in 17 years. How exactly is Apartheid to blame when we went from First-world country during Apatheid to Third-world craphole after Apartheid? Explain that to me. When you go from "great" to "terrible" how is "great" to blame? Things will never get better. In the past 20 years things have just gotten worse and worse with not a single good development. South Africa is already a dead country and nothing we can do will change that. EVER. Things went from good to bad, and now they will go from bad to worse. No nation on Erath has ever broken a downward spiral. Once a nation starts falling, it is done. Once you stop moving forward and start moving backward, you lose. That is the way is has always been. S.A will be nothing more than another Rwanda, Somalia, Congo, Sudan, Zimbabwe etc. in about 10 years. Anyone with eyes, a brain and a bit of common sense can see that. "The future depends on the present. When the present has already failed, there is no future." - Dalai Llama

      Waheed - 2011-10-12 13:03

      Farouk you idiot. Blame Apartheid!? 17 Years later and billions of tax rands later suggests that the resources and time are there to have sufficiently invested in infrastructure development so that issues such as those raised in the article do not occur. Undoubtedly, we should all be thankful for the freedom we enjoy, but unfortunately the ANC is NOT as capable as an administrative entity as it is a revolutionary one. The ability to throw a petrol bomb does not enable you to effectively run a municipality, let alone a country. The evidence of this blindingly obvious

  • JohnyBlue - 2011-10-12 10:14

    I moved to Witbank 32 months ago, in the time I have been without water at least 50% of the time and without electricity for at least 10% of the time. I won't even mention the potholes I am faced with in the residential areas on my way home. When we do have water it either smells terrible, or it is dirty. This municipality is out of its depth, they can't blame the ageing infrastructure because it is their duty to maintain, repair and replace. I have been unfortunate enough to attend some meetings with the top brass of the local municipality. They are laughable. All they do is try and impress each other with their ability to use political lingo, they heap praise on one another and generally make fools of themselves. They do absolutely nothing that is constructive.

      mal1 - 2011-10-12 10:48

      Take one city surrounded by power stations, a mine water rehabilitation scheme providing fresh water to the city, add one of the largest municipal fresh water dams and now combine those resources, in one of the fastest growing cities, with an ANC led municipality that approved a R300 000.00 party for the new mayor to celebrate 100 days in office and what do you get? Welcome to Witbank!!!!

      Ke maketse - 2011-10-12 13:50

      Going to meetings does not help, so do something drastic. Close the main road with rocks and burn something down. As soon as the TV crews arrive, the council officials will also come to the party

  • Charlie the man - 2011-10-12 10:23

    Everyone is complaining yet they do nothing about it. Why don't you, all the people, black; white; coloured; indian and the rest, all go to the Municipalities and do what ever it takes for them to listend to you.

      Hawkeyex - 2011-10-12 10:50

      Dude, I live in Harties for 4 years now, and the Madibeng municipality is totally up to s**t due to incompetence and corruption - we have LOTS of water (Hartbeespoortdam), but few in our pipes and homes. They are useless and talking, moaning, screaming, pleading just doesn't help. So you suggest we all stand together and march to their offices, toi-toi, throw stones and burn down stuff!? Hey, I am game to do that, as NOTHING else seems to work. I am happy (and sad) to see it is not only small towns that have issues with water, so all those of you in bigger towns/cities BEWARE: this is coming to a place NEAR you!

  • VELOCITY - 2011-10-12 10:54

    Eish, the water she's broken

  • gallus - 2011-10-12 11:45

    Well, that was to be expected - sooner or later it was bound to happen. Next is Gauteng and KZN and then Free State and, provided the ANC succeeds in its invasion of the Cape, Western Cape as well. It is known as the "African Renaissance" that Mbeki predicted - back to the bush to those happy days before the whites, Those wonderful times when one sat in the shadow of the hut or in the cattle kraal surrounded by friends with a few pots of beer while the wives tilled the land and the sons watched the cattle. Those were the days! Then whitey came along and messed it all up with mines and fences and roads and electricity and dams with pipes and pumps and all that. And money, the root of all evil! So let us return to those halcyon times, with water in the river and daughters to fetch it. Oh happy days! No taxes to pay and every weekend a nice stick fight with the next kraal and perhaps a little raid or two to increase our herd or carry off a fat maiden - no such crap as rape about, just normal way of life - tradition! No police to worry about, no census, no supermarket, no church, no Tutu, only sangoma and isanuse to consult. Whitey, go home! Leave us alone! We want our country back as it was and we are going to get it come hell or no water!

  • DeonL - 2011-10-12 11:47

    This sounds like the dark ages, no water and power for 1 week! Rather have my vacations also here in Cape Town.

  • Kiepies - 2011-10-12 11:51

    Thank you Media 24 for removing my post Why can Farouk Mohammed speak his mind about so-called freedom and when it comes to stating facts, it gets removed?

      Sven - 2011-10-12 12:51

      Kepies, any facts, historical, or otherwise are censored by News 24. It seems that they do not want to embarrass the CancER with facts, but allow all types of opinion, racist or not.

  • Fairgame - 2011-10-12 12:20

    When it's our own municipal workers stealing the cables and sabotaging the already dodgy infrastructure it’s hopeless. We caught the municipal workers stealing the cables and stripping the power boxes of our hockey club which is located on municipal property. They told us they had been order to it by their supervisor. We laid a case but nothing was done and they finished the stripping job a week later. The best part is that whenever we have no power or electricity, it's the big companies in the area that step up and fix, maintain and foot the bill, not the Municipality.

  • Badballie - 2011-10-12 12:27

    With in the next 18 month everything will be fairly much over and the things we take for granted today will become the legends of tomorrow.

  • Wacko - 2011-10-12 12:47

    17 years ago everything was fine , it took such a short while for these incompetent to DESTROY everthing .....roads , water , sewerage , hospitals....

  • sikabopha - 2011-10-12 13:19

    whats new? mamparalanga has always been like this. cry the beloved country.

  • WarDog - 2011-10-12 14:03

    Oh it gets way better ( or worse depending on your view) if the new proposals concerning the 69 councilors gets the go ahead and the best part is there is nothing but absolutely nothing you can do about it.

  • John - 2011-10-25 23:22

    the new South Africa of the ANC = Association of National Criminals, Abortion, Murder, Genocide. Stalin's writings say nothing about pumping water...

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