Warning on small town tap water

2012-05-07 22:35

Cape Town - Water affairs has red-flagged 14 municipalities in seven provinces, warning residents of numerous small rural towns in these areas not to drink untreated tap water.

According to the 2012 Blue Drop report, released by Water Affairs Minister Edna Molewa on Monday, the warning remains in place until the management of the affected municipalities communicated otherwise.

"Residents and visitors are hereby warned not to consume the tap water supplied in these towns without some form of acceptable disinfecting treatment at home [boiling or the addition of bleach]," the report states.

The municipalities include:

- Ikwezi Local Municipality in the Eastern Cape, including Jansenville, Klipplaat, Waterford and Wolwefontein;

- Koukamma Local Municipality in the Eastern Cape, including Clarkson, Coldstream, Joubertina, Kareedouw, Krakeel, Sanddrif, Stormsrivier and Woodlands;

- Letsemeng Local Municipality in the Free State, including Koffiefontein, Petrusberg, Jacobsdal and Luckhoff;

- Ngwathe Local Municipality in the Free State, including Vredefort, Koppies and Heilbron;

- Nketoane Local Municipality in the Free State, including Reitz, Petrus Steyn, Lindley and Arlington;

- Phumelela Local Municipality in the Free State, including Memel, Vrede and Warden.

- Thabazimbi Local Municipality in Limpopo, including Northam, Rooiberg and Schilpadnest;

- Bushbuckridge Local Municipality in Mpumalanga, including Zoeknog, Hoxani, Sand River, Edenburg A & B, Dingleydale, Sigagule, Cork, Marite and Thorndale;

- Chief Albert Luthuli Local Municipality in Mpumalanga, including Mpuluzi, Lushushwane/Bettygoed, Elukwatini, Metula, Fernie and Ekulindeni;

- Mkhondo Local Municipality in Mpumalanga, including Piet Retief, Amsterdam, Driefontein/Dirkiesdorp and Mkhondo Rural Scheme;

- Msukaligwa Local Municipality in Mpumalanga, including South Works, Douglas, Davel, Breyton and Lothair;

- Nkomazi Local Municipality in Mpumalanga, including Driekoppies, Fig Tree, Hectorspruit, Komatipoort, Langeloop, Louieville, Madadeni, Magudu, Malelane, Marloth Park, Mbuzini and Nyathi;

- Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality in North West, including Tswaing/DeLarey, Tswaing/Sannieshof, Dinokana/Lehurutse, Kraaipan, Madibogopan, Motswedi/Gopane and Setlagole; and,

- Umsobomvu Local Municipality in the Northern Cape, including Colesberg, Norvalspont and Noupoort.

The report further noted the department was concerned about water supplied to residents of the Kannaland Local Municipality in the Western Cape. While not issuing a tap water drinking warning, it says drinking water quality management "is not taking place according to regulatory expectations".

The municipality includes Calitzdorp, Ladismith, Van Wyksdorp and Zoar.

In the Northern Cape, the report also notes that the ability of the Renosterberg, Siyancuma and Mier local municipalities to supply safe water continuously was "of great concern".

Respectively, these municipalities serve the communities of Vanderkloof and Philipstown; Douglas, Griekwastad, Schmidtsdrift and Campbell; and, Swartkopdam, Rietfontein, Philandersbron, Askham, Loubos, Mier Boorgate, Noenieput, Andriesvale and Welkom.

  • Dave - 2012-05-07 22:42

    Once upon a time, ALL TAP WATER IN RSA WAS FIT TO DRINK, how come in some areas it is now not fit to drink. Could the PEOPLE in charge of the water supply have something to do with the deterioration of water purity?

      Hallo - 2012-05-07 22:49

      surely you jest?

      william.nettmann - 2012-05-07 22:59

      Once upon a time, there were also far fewer taps. Most people had to drink water from unsafe supplies, like rivers, etc. That may also have something to do with it?

      Tumisang - 2012-05-07 23:02

      Give william nettmann some bells, the gentlemen is spot on.....

      Dave - 2012-05-07 23:39

      @ Thando, I said TAP WATER. I think your mental bucket has a leak. I suggest you fix it, Dear Thabo, Dear Thabo. With what shall I fix it Dear Dave, Dear Dave etc. etc

      Godfrey - 2012-05-07 23:45

      @william...How does more taps create "not fit to drink" water, please explain.

      Sean - 2012-05-08 01:51

      100% Right Dave - The government was warned many years back , but they are obviously to incompetent ! When it comes to stealing , boy oh boy , can they become competent !! AFRICANSIM , think about today , don`t worry about tomorrow !!

      kumbulani - 2012-05-08 04:51

      Madibeng water too is contaminated. There is a tannery in Brits (BRITS LEATHERS) that is flushing its polluted water into the krokodile river and municipality waterline. That water has chrome,high and low ph, sulphides,salts,lime,solids n different types of chemicals. Reports to municipality have been made but still no action has been taken due to corrupt people. The krokodil river runs into limpopo and its affecting many lives. What else do we expect from the government than poor service. How is water affairs helping those people affected. How can we let tanneries run without water treatment plants in the first place. Its a waste of time reporting these cases to the officials

      Mattewis - 2012-05-08 07:00

      @Thando, the real ingnoramus: Let's take it a little further beyond only the mere water quality. It took the townsfolk of a little rural Eastern Cape town to find out themselves why their town was barely getting water. They found that one of the pumps supplying water to the town reservoir was turning the wrong way with 2 power phases swopped (HAU!), and with the installation of more pumps (ANC-fix attempt), that the wiring was not up to scratch to deliver sufficient current! Fixed the pump turning the wrong way and disconnected some of the others, and voila the town had water! EISH! The ANC-elected municipal manager earning R80k+ p/m could not solve the problem, but the simple townsfolk could! Who is the ignorant f*** but you!

      ryan.macdougall - 2012-05-08 07:21

      Heard this story on 702 this morning, apparently whilst there are 14 municpalities that have been flagged they are super small.The other side of the story is that the quality of SA water has increased at provintial level by 15%. So actually this is a good news story. Why do you at news 24 have to sensationalise this news and take the negative side consistantly.

      seymour.howe - 2012-05-08 07:54

      It's all Political Dave - By throwing in the comment about the Western Cape, THEY're trying to Incite Helen Zille into suggesting that very soon there'll be Water Refugees coming from the rest of the Country because they can't afford to buy Bottled Water from the crony-owned water bottlers or bleach from their Brother-owned Companies! Seriously, expect water rates to further increase dramatically and the cost of Jik to double. These will soon be classes as luxuries and Sin-Tax will be applied, after all WHO PAYS for water and WHO PAYS taxes?

      Hugh - 2012-05-08 07:55

      I am a little confused. As far as I am aware DWA has the power to issue fines and ask for people to be dismissed. They know that despite their best efforts the braindead are incapable of learning or at least remembering procedure. There are many people of good capability that can be used but it seems no one has the guts to fire and rehire. What I find confusing and is not stated clearly, 1] Are these muncipalities not meeting the overly stringent requirement of SANS241-1. This being the reason for classifying as non potabale? 2] Are they producing water of high faecal count.? There was nothing wrong with the old SABS water standard nobody died. This new Blue drop requirment seems to be like the value added scenario, to increase price. Although on second thoughts this government has stiffled a lot of important water issues resulting in raw water becoming quite poisenous and really hard to make Potable. That said the biggest joke of all time is that the named municipalities ban rain water fron being used to flush toliets as it may pollute the sewage sytem. I wonder which of the two is most dangerous tap water or rain water.

      Mike - 2012-05-08 08:16

      @Ryan, this report tends to vindicate what you are saying:

      Michael - 2012-05-08 11:54

      @kumbulani - BUT - you voted them in to power !!!

      kumbulani - 2012-05-08 19:54

      @Michael I never voted them into power as I am not a South African. All I wanted to do was to help the people regarding the water pollution. We all have a right to clean water but when we report these things no one actions. The next thing i do is keep quiet and move away from that area. Even if they are to go today, they will see what I am talking about or ask anyone living in that area they will testify

  • Sharon - 2012-05-07 22:43

    This is the precursor to a water tariff hike. Eskom did the same, and we all know what the result was...

      swmabotja - 2012-05-07 23:10

      The Enron Style of State infested business, hence the fuss around water recently. we're gonna pay for air one day.

      Vince - 2012-05-08 05:04

      Sharon, you are hit the nail on the head!!! Our question from Hoedspruit(Maruleng) is, why is our name not ont he list. Our water is not fit for human consumption but our Municipaity probably paid someone to keep Maruleng off the list!

      Alan - 2012-05-08 08:06

      Yeah - high priced water from the ANC Think Tank

  • Liana - 2012-05-07 22:49

    This list is definitely not complete! My grandmother's water is undrinkable (mostly yellow but sometimes even green!) and that's in Hankey (Eastern Cape)

  • Tumisang - 2012-05-07 22:54

    The ANC is making an impact in terms of water suppler just 18 years ago, only 10 percent of the south africans had access to clean, 78% of the population has access to clean safe water.

      Sharon - 2012-05-07 22:57

      Did you get that from an ANC pamphlet?

      SaffaSeun - 2012-05-07 23:03

      You are kidding right? Just a little bit ignorant maybe?

      indianajohn - 2012-05-07 23:38

      Oh my god Tuminsang stop being so STUPID. Please. When are you and your stupid friends going to open your own eyes and stop spewing this typically ignorant drivel? You people don't give a toss about the country. You don't think to yourself, "mmm... how can we fix this?". You think, "mmm... which irrelevant and twisted fact can I quote so that I don't have to do anything about this today?". It's pathetic.

      fishycraig - 2012-05-08 00:14

      @ Thando - they invented a group of letters called vowels. They are quite handy if you use them to get your point across.

      Rodney - 2012-05-08 00:37

      Tumisang and Thando are making up statistics as they go along.Statssa disagrees with their figures.

      Sean - 2012-05-08 01:44

      @Tumisang - Where did you get your figures from ? Woodwork class ? Water was mostly available , access to electricity increased quite a bit since around 1989 ! Get your facts straight !

      Joe - 2012-05-08 02:12

      @Thando - I could say spelling, but then you would probably disagree. However, before your do, go read up on the Dunning-Kruger effect.

      Alan - 2012-05-08 08:10

      to all of you who think our qwtaer is safe anywhere n SA - think again. The Water Standard we use in SA specifically omits testing certain impurities because they are so bad in SA, so our 'safe' water compared to other countries is not comparing apples with apples. If you want to drink safe water in SA- you need to Reverse Osmosis filter it, and substitute the minor loss of usable minerals with one organic fruit per week.

      Vaughan - 2012-05-08 08:35

      This whole thing is a load of BS. Live in Ekuruleni which supposedly has the best water in South Africa and the water is still green and definately not something I would think of drinking.

  • SaffaSeun - 2012-05-07 23:01

    Eish broeders en susters, 14 today, 28 tomorrow, hundreds the day after, with names like Pretoria and Johannnesburg in that list. And I wonder how much the normal average people still pay for this "service delivery" they are not getting, instead being issued with list after list of stuff going down the drain. I feel for those communities... I hope they get free bleach at least.

  • Quantronium - 2012-05-07 23:06

    Hey!, we dont hv running taps I guess we are safe neh! [BLOODY ANC!]

  • Thabo - 2012-05-07 23:09

    The Blue and Green drop initiative is gr8. At least we know the state of water in our area's. Most small towns especially in rural area's depend on the ground water. Some aquifers are naturally contaminated. Since it managed to supply water to most people, it is also possible to treat it properly.

  • Thando - 2012-05-07 23:12

    Congratulations 2 th ANC for successful roll out program for access 2 clean water......

      Thabo - 2012-05-07 23:20

      The program is great. As the supply of water increase so is the quality, through this program.

      Thando - 2012-05-07 23:26

      U hv towns like Port Alfred tht hv saline sources of water only whr th gov is dung feasibility studies round desalination process or sourcn frm ada municipalities. Th govmnt is really committed on ths access 2 clean water program

      indianajohn - 2012-05-07 23:44

      "Th govmnt is really committed on ths access 2 clean water program " And how's that going for you Thando? You people don't care about this country. Anyone who did would read this article and think, "What can we do to fix this?" But you and your ANC think, "mmm... what rubbish can I quote so that I don't have to do anything about this today." Deflection is your first reaction, always. And it's Pathetic.

      marina.poniatowska - 2012-05-08 01:19

      Thando - go back to school, learn to spell, and then try to make an argument. oh wait - your ANC provided schooling -and if your ability to spell is anything to go by, maybe the whole SA should drink bottled water.

      Felix - 2012-05-08 08:04

      Last time I was on the Kowie in PA that desalination plant was in ruins, I guess whoever set it up had made their kickbacks already.

  • Zebedee - 2012-05-07 23:28

    one step closer to a banana republic

      Dave - 2012-05-07 23:56

      @ Thando, I believe you have Masters degree in IGNORANCE. No doubt we'll cross swards again, in the meantime, plug yourself into the mains.

      Sean - 2012-05-08 01:32

      Thando , suppose you also have a degree in woodwork ??

      indianajohn - 2012-05-08 07:10

      Thando, so the "majority" of South Africa doesn't want clean tap water? That's what you're saying. What the hell?

  • Thabo - 2012-05-07 23:55

    @ Dave\r\n\r\nQ: how come in some areas it is now not fit to drink ? \r\n\r\nA: Inexperienced and incompetent plant operators, fire abrigate approach (waiting for problems to occur first), lack of planned maintenance plans and resources.\r\n\r\nQ: Could the PEOPLE in charge of the water supply have something to do with the deterioration of water purity?\r\n\r\nA: Yes, cause it is expected of the lab technicians to take samples frequently.

  • - 2012-05-08 00:00

    this is a perfect example why the current administration can't run this country. how in your right mind do you tell people not to drink the tap water if the streams are even more contaminated. fix the problem idiots or soon there won't be a majority anymore

      michael.a.devilliers - 2012-05-08 00:22

      Clean water? Really? That's not what this news article is saying.

  • Mohamed - 2012-05-08 00:43

    People, is this government of ours forcing us to replicate our sister country Mozambique, when the price of bread went up in 2010 ( ? Why are we, the so-called democratic country allowing this? Water the essence of life vs e-tolling+ pay for parking? Come on, there is no comparison.....Plus why can't Sasol be held accountable for their increase in fuel, which ironically is obtained from coal and NOT OIL? What's happening to this once centre of the world beautiful country of ours?

  • KCorsar - 2012-05-08 00:56

    Quite few people obviously don't care what they leave behind for future generations, so sad and naive - or is it arrogance that makes a man so bold as to pass comments like an idiot?

  • Joe - 2012-05-08 02:26

    Let us look at why areas with previously potable (@Thando - that means safely drinkable) water have problems. Real scenario - Parys in the Free State had a situation where the water was undrinkable and doctors treating the victims. A local retired engineer from the Rand Water Board who was a qualified to actually run the whole water purification works offered his services and education for free to sort the issue. Sadly the local regional "powers" deemed him not fit. Why, you guessed it. He did not have a qualifying color skin. What about the tons of raw sewage that was leaking into Harties? That was nothing according to the powers that be??? What happened to the water supply in the Hartebeestpoort area? Money for the pipes disappeared and water was carted in in the middle of the night to avoid mobbings. Then the new hastily laid paipes (after a few years and community threats) were laid incorrectly and it looked like a restored "Verwoerdburg Musical Fountains". When that was eventually fixed, the water pressure is not sufficient (where the situation stands now). Need I go on? Dispute it? Read your news.

  • Sivuyile - 2012-05-08 03:21

    In the first place, what is untreated water doing in taps? Whay is water still an issue in South Africa?

      Alan - 2012-05-08 08:17

      Municipalies are bankrupt, and Water Treatment Plants in many cases are Run down, Non-functional or too small to cope. The Govt. has not put nearly enough emphasis on Water Treatment, and the result now is severly contaminated water thrroughout SA. It is in fact at crisis point, and properly filtered water is the only safe water to drink in SA.

  • thakantshala - 2012-05-08 03:29

    We are going to die because of people occupying positions they don't deserve.

  • Karen - 2012-05-08 04:39

    I am very worried because it seems as if essential systems are not being maintained! Even if a more capable government is elected,the damage might be irreversable! Today at a training session for the (another) new education curriculum it was said that teachers should not try to focus so much on excellence,just rather part(y)cipation! The government is having a royal time at its citizens expense,bleeding us dry to fix their mess! Either the voters are really really dumb or very afraid of the past!

      ajcvdw - 2012-05-08 05:44

      "Bleeding us dry to fix their mess"... should that not rather be "Bleeding us dry to PARTY while PRETENDING to fix their mess"? Coz nothing is being fixed anyway? Only new local government will have an impact. But would these municipalities change their votes? I think we all know the answer...

      Steve - 2012-05-08 13:19

      Agreed Karen. Soon, even the past will be bliss compared to what these mindless thieves are doing to this country.

  • georgebrightons - 2012-05-08 04:53

    We never experienced this when Water affairs was still treating Water. The municipalities have failed the people of South Africa. Please hand-over back to Water Affairs before it's too late.

      Rory - 2012-05-08 08:22

      George, the sad truth is that DWAF is even worse off than these municipalities. Fact! The only hope is for private companies to be given O&M contracts to manage these plants and infrastructure. It is more expensive, but at least somebody is responsible and accoutable and things get done.

      georgebrightons - 2012-05-08 11:49

      @Rory,I give DWAF 100% . Private companies will milk all the budget of the government. Workers will be subjected to modern day slavery, LABOUR BROKERS. Workers will always be on the streets toyi-toying 4 wage and salary increases, srapping of labour-brokers,seeking permanent jobs. \If you don't meet our demands, no water\ DWAF had permanent water plant operators. DWAF prioritised Water as essential service.

  • ajcvdw - 2012-05-08 05:41

    Are we surprised that every single last one of these are ANC municipalities?

      shireen.abbas - 2012-05-08 06:13

      Actually in western cape we having the same prob with smelling , brownish and bad tasting water they are just not telling the truth about all the areas !

  • Freddy - 2012-05-08 05:47

    That is what is happening when local authorities in these areas spend their budget allocations on things not remotely related to providing the basic essentials such as clean drinking water as a right stipulated in the constitution.

  • williamboitumelo.mogapi - 2012-05-08 05:55

    Poor Thabazimbi municipality the recidents have been made aware of the situation the only this municipality cares about is for them to buy fleshy cars and to pay for services which they dont render

      Steve - 2012-05-08 13:22

      Time to wake up William. Vote these criminals out before the damage done to this country is beyond repair.

  • angela.monaghansandells - 2012-05-08 06:13

    This sad state of affairs will be used as a justification for a massive increase in the price of water.

  • Jonny Lee - 2012-05-08 06:18


  • mbele.nkululeko - 2012-05-08 06:22

    They left out Mafube local municipality in the Free State.Stinking and disruptively supplied water.Idots in suits failing to provide clean water for the past 6years.

  • talita.vandermerwe - 2012-05-08 06:31

    @Thando- I wonder if you will still be so arrogant if your family gets sick from this water and you have to take them to one of our world class state hospitals.

  • Jason - 2012-05-08 06:35

    Hilarious how the blacks defend all of the anc incompetence. One day when they are lying in the gutter they will look up and say "yes, but without the anc we would not have this gutter".

      Vic - 2012-05-08 08:00

      Jason, I like your sense of humour!

      Michael - 2012-05-08 12:05

      It reminds me of our esteemed Minista of Roads/Transport, who commented about the people complaining about the sad state of our roads (pot-holes), that we should be glad that we have roads to travel on!!!

  • Victor - 2012-05-08 06:48

    And they are still sending us bills for the same water ??????

  • thatmanvan - 2012-05-08 06:52

    I dont see Witbank on this list, our water is most days non-existant and definitly not fit for consumption! Almost non of the sewage plants here work and raw ewage flows directly into the dam! :(

      Michael - 2012-05-08 12:06

      You should be lucky you have a dam! (tic)

  • Johan - 2012-05-08 06:53

    Has this country progressed in the last 18 years or not !

      Wally Walters - 2012-05-08 07:11

      Have you seen any progress it went down from day one

      Collenfilemon Tshindanenemutudi - 2012-05-08 07:23

      prograss 4 wt?.anc is takin as no way

  • Victor - 2012-05-08 06:54

    Once again the african midas touch, only everything they touch turns to SH%$ !!!!!!

      raath - 2012-05-08 08:37

      Hahaha, I must remember that one :)

  • Lotus - 2012-05-08 06:55

    We will never really move forward if all the finger pointing does not stop.if you live in south africa,anc member or not,the responsibility of ensuring a prosperous nation lies in all of us.I work in a state hospital,and believe lives are saved beyond lines of duty because that is what is expected of me. I doubt that all the employees of the manucipalities are there as anc representatives,but when things fall apart we are quick to point the finger.let us blame ourselves,in our offices,along the streets were we clean the roads,in the traffic departments etc. If we as a people do not see the urgency of improving our own services,I feel no pity for people pointing at the government for being incompetent. Things will only change when the morale of this country changes.and the first step is respecting the authorities,no matter how much we disagree with them, after all it was the majority of the country who placed them there.let your vote be your voice and the rest of the 4 year term,remove the web blinding your own eye and encourage people to do the same,work harder, more professionally for the benefit of all south africans

      Michael - 2012-05-08 12:09

      You (ANC) were handed services/government/municipatiltes/hospitals/ad nauseum that were working like clock-work - now you want me to help you fix the crap!? How exactly does your brain work?

      Lotus - 2012-05-08 15:10

      I'm not an anc member dear,or voter of the anc,neither am I da member,in fact,I'm not afiliated to any political party. What I am is a south african. And what I am saying is south africa is breaking,we all know what the problem is:morale and motivation. I'm asking all south africans to take the business of being a south african citizen to another level, improve and work harder, whether you are responsible for making sure that water samples are taken, whether it is cleaning or maintaining state facilities.if we all contribute,the quality of life for all south africans will improve. That is all that I'm fighting for

      Lotus - 2012-05-08 15:15

      And by the way michael you should actually get over the delusion that services were working properly before 1994.maybe you should do a bit of reading to find out how much each of the departments you mentioned had to increase in capacity to compensate for bridging the gap between previously disadvantaged,non supplied completely ignored by service suppliers and those who had these services.its shocking!what you call basic human rights was,and is still a miracle to many south africans.

  • williamboitumelo.mogapi - 2012-05-08 06:57

    I am a black South African born, bread and buttered under the apartheid regering in Northam but i have never seen such an incompetent municipality like Thabazimbi municipality under the apartheid government Northam was the cleanest now its a disaster because everywhere you go there is refuse inside the town and worse in their locations. The last time they collected refuse was 3 months ago because cant fix the wheel of the tractor

      Wally Walters - 2012-05-08 07:23

      have you seen how polluted the rivers are its no wonder the water taste like uren

      Michael - 2012-05-08 12:11

      Why are you complaining? - you should be glad you've GOT a tractor! (tic)

      Steve - 2012-05-08 13:32

      Take a look around most of SA William and check out the degradation that has occurred since the cANCer has taken hold. Think very carefully before you vote again.

  • williamboitumelo.mogapi - 2012-05-08 06:58

    I am a black South African born, bread and buttered under the apartheid regering in Northam but i have never seen such an incompetent municipality like Thabazimbi municipality under the apartheid government Northam was the cleanest now its a disaster because everywhere you go there is refuse inside the town and worse in their locations. The last time they collected refuse was 3 months ago because cant fix the wheel of the tractor

      Michael - 2012-05-08 12:12

      Presss the "send" (Post Comment) button ONCE!

  • adln.ntsielo - 2012-05-08 07:07

    And what about Moqhaka municipality in the FreeState?? People in Maokeng are drinking contaminated water daily!!! This has been going on since forever!!! Those who are fortunate enough,buy purified water daily!!

      mmokoatle - 2012-05-08 08:47

      This is one of those things that works as a weapon for the opposition paties' recruitment strategies. Honestly, the government that we elected e ya re sitelwa kannete (is truly failing us).

      Michael - 2012-05-08 12:16

      @mmokoatle - so then you will STILL put your cross opposite the ANC in the next elections because the powers that be say the whites will bring back apartheid if they had to come to power. May I ask you, if you are intending to vote in the next election, are you still going to vote for this incompetent thieving scum. Please let me know why/if etc!

  • brionyl.french - 2012-05-08 07:13

    So the ANC is giving its voters the worst water...Nice going...and they are for their people what a joke

  • Walda - 2012-05-08 07:15

    All ANC municipalities? If they clean the water the officials won't have fancy cars and homes?

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  • raath - 2012-05-08 07:34

    Let's see... Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga, Northwest, Northern Cape, Freestate... Why don't I see any Western Cape municipality in the list? Oh yeah, that's right, the DA delivers what they have to (and more) in the Western Cape...

  • ntshembolloyd.shibambu - 2012-05-08 07:39

    i'm a black guy born in giyani.there was no water for the past 2 weeks and they are also dirty.pls pple tell me at least ONE succesful country which is gvened by blacks pls ONE!.

      raath - 2012-05-08 08:33

      Sorry, we can only give you bad news...

      Jaja - 2012-05-08 08:44

      Botswana and rwanda

      Mnyama - 2012-05-08 09:20

      Botswana. Read the story of 30 year old Bentley and see where the difference lies.

      jabumalehambolo.fumani - 2012-05-08 11:05

      USA you idiot. Bloody rasist. Impimpi yamabunu

      Michael - 2012-05-08 12:18

      jabu-fumani - USA? explain!

  • Gerhard - 2012-05-08 07:44

    The MOST basic need of the people = Access to water. THE ANC cannot even provide for the most basic need. They were warned and is being warned on a daily basis, but it is going to cost billions to upgrade. Rather spend money on toll gates! The mind boggles at the stupidity and incompetance!!! THEY HAVE NO DESIRE TO SERVE THE PEOPLE!

  • Sceloh - 2012-05-08 07:55

    I am an environmental health officer n 1 of my core functions is to take water samples for analysis whch i do everymonth n get d result Negetive! I am suprise wht is happening @ the laboratory when doin d testing! My municipality its on the list as a supplier of raw water, my questn is how?

      Rory - 2012-05-08 07:58

      d = the? n = and. Maybe that is hawu you get the wrong answer?????

      Rory - 2012-05-08 08:06

      Negative for what Sceloh? Ecoli? Plate count of how many? As, Hg, Fe, Mn, S, Turbidity? Once a month! These WTW should be testing every 2 hours. Ecoli measurements at the minimum of once a week. I have seen plants not dosing chlorine for weeks because nobody ordered any. Once a month testing is a poor basis for an argument I feel. And then again testing for what?

      Alan - 2012-05-08 08:21

      Spot on Rory, and not only that. Our SA Water Standard conveniently ignores many 'baddies' in out water (so that they can declare the Water to be wonderful by the poor standard that they use). I konw of a Chemical Engineer at Rand Water who does not let his own family drink unfiltered tap water .. what does that tell you?

      Rory - 2012-05-08 08:25

      ALan, I am a chemical Engineer and work on many WTW around the country, and I for one do never drink any of the water in the towns. Ever! I see whats happening on these plants, and it is not good. At to this, all the hormones in our water cycle and SA is going to be in a world of pain in 10 years time. Theinstance of gynocomastia in kids is increasing at a rapid rate, cancers in young people. Weird stuff. And it comes down to the polluted water cycle...... watch this space

      Alan - 2012-05-08 08:33

      Yeah Rory - water is one of the MAJOR CONTRIBUTORS Tto Cancer. Studies done in France (some years ago already) indicated concrete proof of this. And as you say, the polluted water cycle gets all these chemicals into our foodstuffs. If you want to protect yor kids - filter your water preferably Reverse Osmosis if you can afford it), and eat organic foods. If you cannot afford R.O. filtering, thre are pleanty of cheaper options available that still improve the water quality significantly. Our water in SA really is in a crisis.

  • Cedric Papa-Junior Kgatla - 2012-05-08 08:02

    Ya this is true,I stay at Thabazimbi the water is dirty....!

      Michael - 2012-05-08 12:21

      Yes - but you WILL carry on voting your incompetent brothers in to power. I just cannot fathom that one out?

  • Willem - 2012-05-08 08:03

    Interesting thing is that most of these municipalities have fancy new invented names. The ANC is very good with meaningless bs like that. But when it comes to doing the real and meaningful stuff they fail time and again

      raath - 2012-05-08 08:35

      It is because renaming things is the only thing they can do (and not even without incident) to govern. The liberation was done, but that was all they knew. Governing must be done by a new party.

  • sympathysbu.mhlanga - 2012-05-08 08:10

    EHP's looks like we have a long way to go, my Municipality appears here and I believe that blue drops can be achieved if we can use the same laboratories as the ones used by water affairs. It must be ensured that people have access to the basic need(water) which is safe for human consumption. Aluta Continua

  • Mike - 2012-05-08 08:10

    This report by Engineering News provides a slightly different and less sensationalist view:

      Vaughan - 2012-05-08 08:41

      Still would like to know what an independent organization such as the WHO would have to say as this still seems a bit like being both player and referee.

      Mike - 2012-05-08 08:56

      @Vaughan, I too would like to see that outcome, I am not certain what the levels of impartiality are like from those responsible for producing the report.

      Mike - 2012-05-08 11:01

      @Vaughan, here is a link to the latest WHO report. The main issue I see with this is that all the information is gathered by asking the various governments to complete questionnaires so again the level of accuracy is questionable, particularly in light of the fact that SA was rated as not having complete information on its processes.

      Mike - 2012-05-08 11:30

      Another interesting study indicating various environmental aspects - we did not do well at all!

      Mike - 2012-05-08 11:32

  • Lebogang - 2012-05-08 08:19

    Food for thought: USA produced +/- 70 000 graduate engineers per year in 2010 (200 engineers per million people) China and India produce +/- 150 000 gradiate engineers per year each in 2010 (150 engineers per million people) South Africa HAD 473 engineers (from graduates to retirees) per million people while producing a mere 1400 graduate engineers per year in 2010(28 engineers per million people) I hope now we know where the problem lies.

      Alan - 2012-05-08 08:26

      yip - and then there is the question of the level of education and the abilty of some of our 'engineers'. Not all degrees in SA mean the same thing.

      Michael - 2012-05-08 12:25

      You forgot to mention that of the paltry few you mention who qualified, those that did with honours and no longer here!! WE are left with a few drop-outs who passed matric with 33% at the age of 28!

  • max.maxwell - 2012-05-08 08:30

    Once again, our fears have been well founded! As an Environmental Heath Practitioner (Retired), I am appalled at the ANC led Councils complete disregard of people's Constitutional rights to health, including having pure drinking water! This is the ultimate proof that S.A. is in a worse position now than it has ever been!

      Mike - 2012-05-08 08:44

      @Starlight3, another commentator above mentioned that perhaps the improvement (contrary to this article the report actually shows improvement see is due to lowering standards or incorrect weighting of various aspects. Do you have an opinion on this?

  • capetownphotographer - 2012-05-08 08:46

    My guess is these mininster have shares in SANBWA (South African National Bottled Water Association). Water is life!

      Alan - 2012-05-08 08:50

      Winnie the Poo??

  • MSGRule - 2012-05-08 08:49

    The government inheritated a working system. never mind who had and who had not. I am saying these are towns that had working systems. All the cANCer had to do was maintain what was there.

      Alan - 2012-05-08 08:53

      The money for Water Afairs all got flushed away......

      Michael - 2012-05-08 12:27

      Eish boss - what does main tain meaning? The tap she is broken!