Water crises in N West, Mpumalanga towns

2013-03-01 10:43

Johannesburg - The water crisis in many towns in North West and Mpumalanga was just the symptom of a complex problem, according to a report on Friday.

Civil engineer and Fellow at the CSIR's Built Environment division Kevin Wall told Beeld ongoing severe water shortages in Ermelo, Lichtenburg, Middleburg, Kriel, Delmas and Lydenburg could be attributed to a lack of expertise, poor maintenance of infrastructure and an absence of political will to maintain existing systems.

He said that local authorities had demonstrated a preference for buying "new stuff" rather than maintaining existing structures.

Wall said many of the 237 local authorities did not know what kind of infrastructure existed within their municipalities.

Meanwhile, North West University authorities sent its students home on Thursday because of the ongoing severe water crisis in the city.

Poor regulation and dry reservoirs

All academic activities at the Potchefstroom campus were halted until at least Monday, resulting in a mass exodus of students.

"We don't want to take any health risks, and we're trying to limit campus water consumption to allow reservoirs to fill up faster," said campus spokesperson, Kiewiet Scheppel.

Most of Potchefstroom and the surrounding townships have been without water since last Sunday.

According to Potchefstroom municipal spokesperson Willie Maphosa, problems arose because pumps and valves at the water treatment plant were poorly regulated and reservoirs ran dry.

Maphosa said the council was investigating the possibility of gross negligence and also sabotage.

  • Kobus Erasmus - 2013-03-01 10:48

    Viva ANC Viva ! you guys certainly know how not to rule a country - Viva !

      QuestionSam - 2013-03-01 11:03

      Yes, leaving a burst water pipe spurting out valuable water for 2 days is a problem!! Maybe if the Government focus on not wasting water then this valuable resource might just be enough for the people.

      vaughan.lund - 2013-03-01 12:03

      Well you have to give them the point, they do know how to buy "new stuff". New Mercedes, BMW, Mansions, Breitling watches, Armani Suits, Lifts to Underground Bunkers, Cigar Bars, etc.

      monique.grobler.967 - 2013-03-01 12:39

      poor you, victims of!

      J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2013-03-01 12:40

      Lack of maintenance in Sabie, resulted in no water in Simile, teacher sent children home and a five year old boy drowned. Who is guilty, the ANC, Thaba Chweu municipality or the teacher who allowed young children to go home unsupervised? Kathy

      john.cryink - 2013-03-01 13:45

      Back in the nineteen sixties while at high school a teacher predicted what would happen one day. If he was alive today he would see his predictions was correct.

      gerasimos - 2013-03-01 21:21

      Hey,maybe Zuma and his cronies shot up the water works with their "Umshini's" I wonder why they are not dancing and singing now?

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  • Tony Bakkie - 2013-03-01 10:51

    How about investigating gross negligence by the cadres appointed by corrupt municipalities. Haven't got a clue how to do their job. Just shows how useless the cANCer are.

  • heini.botes - 2013-03-01 10:51

    "Sympton of a Complex Problem"....It's called having ANC cadre imbeciles in posts that they have no fu*kin clue what they are doing!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Nothing, but nothing complex about that. Viva ANC Viva.

      heini.botes - 2013-03-01 10:55

      Maintenace is a curse word to the comrade deployments. Think that once something is built it must stay new and last forever. Every single muncipality apart from the Western Cape is falling apart an debt ridden. Infrastructures in woefull state. Every single state owned department is in shambles!!

      PB - 2013-03-01 11:33

      News24, how about giving us an update on how Sannieshof municipality has turned around their 'previously mismanaged' ANC-municipality into a 'seriously managed' DA-municipality? There should be a tax deduction for taxpayers who has to provide their own security (because of zero interest by SAPS), buy water (because the tap water just plain stinks and makes you sick), private school/tutoring fees because of the pathetic quality of the government schools with compliments of Old Angie and chom Blade who has no clue how to run a battery, let alone a department.

      gerasimos - 2013-03-01 21:23

      The problem is only complex if you don't have the ability to comprehend this rather simple matter in the first place. There was water when you took over everything and now it is broken. Eish!

  • Simphiwe Tladi - 2013-03-01 10:55

    We are glad we have water in Ermelo now,but the problem is that the water tastes funny and those dependent on tap water might be sick because we don't know how safe the water is for drinking and cooking.

      Rueon Scott - 2013-03-01 11:18

      stop voting for the ANC and you would not have a problem in the first place

      heini.botes - 2013-03-01 11:24

      Him being an African doesn't make him an automatic ANC voter Rueon. Don't generelize!!

      Nunu - 2013-03-01 11:29

      I bet its not safe Simphiwe, don't drink it!

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-03-01 12:12

      Simphiwe Tlali. That is terrible.

      sheena.jordaan - 2013-03-01 12:29

      our water here in Stilfontein NW is just as disgusting. haven't been drinking it for months.

      Tuner - 2013-03-01 12:46

      heini, he has more than likely hit the target than missed.

      ange.kritzinger - 2013-03-01 12:54

      @ Sheena. Yes, years in my case - too many people got sick in my area from the NW water. Even my dog gets bottled water!

      heini.botes - 2013-03-01 12:55

      @Tuner...My neighbour is white and is an ANC member, can I pressume your one as well then? But I get your point, as 70%+ of Africans are ANC members. But still, if Simphiwe is a DA member it would be an insult to suggest he's an ANC member, all because of generelizing. Haven't we done enough of that in SA?

      Simphiwe Tladi - 2013-03-01 13:33

      Thank you Heini,generalisations do not work,and because it is my right,I won't tell you which political party I support,but because the current government is failing us,I know who to vote for in the next election and guess what,it will be my first national election.

      Simphiwe Tladi - 2013-03-01 13:37

      @Nunu,I know the risk,but now Im part of the most unfortunate in this country,I have matric,with 2 distinction and a bachelor's endorsement,I wanted to study to change the situation but to no success,been applying for NSFAS,bursaries and nothing happens,so Im force to drink the dirty water,Im unemployed too,just think.

      Simphiwe Tladi - 2013-03-01 13:43

      And the water problem isn't new in Ermelo,the local newspaper Highvelder would publish stories of red worms being found in tap water,disgusting,and to think that humans are expected to consume the water makes things worse.The authorities do not care because they know they have money to buy themselves

      heini.botes - 2013-03-01 15:05

      @ Simphiwe....Well done on your first national election. I have a feeling next years is going to be a good one. If people are fed up as much as they say they are we will see it in the numbers next year

      Clifford Warren de Vries - 2013-03-01 21:50

      Boil the water and it will be fine to drink.

      Simphiwe Tladi - 2013-03-01 22:00

      Oh you talk like the ANC Clifford ha ha ha...anyway that's what we do to ensure our health isn't put at risk

  • loudon.cito - 2013-03-01 10:57

    Viva ANC, Viva! Viva cadre deployment, viva! Or to be more accurate - cry, the beloved country :(

  • MarkH - 2013-03-01 10:58

    More likely gross negligence and stupidity.

  • Lionel Hartman - 2013-03-01 10:59

    At least the Potchefstroom community is happy and unified because they don't have a white mayor any more. Their new black mayor has got a new car and therefore water is of little importance. VIVA!!!!!!

      king.dick.3781 - 2013-03-01 11:25

      Well said; my thoughts as well

  • Gary5 - 2013-03-01 11:02

    A civil engineer and fellow at CSRI tells of neglegence, stupidity, buying for corruption etc and the municipality talks of sabotage?? What world does this idiot live in??

      king.dick.3781 - 2013-03-01 11:26

      Watches a lot of CSI

      Tuner - 2013-03-01 12:48

      gary, you need to read more news report. In this case, sabotage is the likely cause.

      gerasimos - 2013-03-01 21:27

      Typical moronic response from the ruling regime. How could we be responsible? Eish! It must be sabotage! Next we will get the sangomas to try and determine what evil spirit took the water away.

  • rian.jagger.3 - 2013-03-01 11:02

    Indeed... Management is a COMPLEX problem. Something cANCer have proofed that they are not able to do...

  • Werner Nel - 2013-03-01 11:03

    The ANC doing what the ANC does best....

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2013-03-01 11:25

    There is cable theft at the pump houses, but more seriously the gland packings are not serviced, and water sprays around the pump motors. Dowson & Dobson in Nelpruit could regularly service all pumps in the area, but the Municipalities do not want to pay.

      Nunu - 2013-03-01 11:34

      But why waste money on maintenance when you can rather spend it on "nice" things like lavish parties, big cars, big salaries etc. You whites just don't get it, do you.

      PB - 2013-03-01 11:35

      Yes, Stephen, because if they actually has someone do the necessary maintenance, there would be less money available for their parties and overseas trips. Beyond pathetic

      vaughan.lund - 2013-03-01 12:15

      @Nunu, LOL!!

      frikkie.nel.39 - 2013-03-01 13:17

      Solution: Taxpayers must get together, give the relevant authorities a fair notice to get their act together. If not, then take further action.

      gerasimos - 2013-03-01 21:36

      @Nunu. Us whites got it long ago but we were shouted down because we were "racists". Hahahahaha

  • Gerhard Vermaak - 2013-03-01 11:26

    You don't understand, the more they spend on actually running the towns and maintaining the infrastructure the less there is for huge salaries, over paying their comrades for doing nothing etc etc etc etc, geez is the news of bad service delivery not going to end !!!!!!!!!

  • Heidi Andrew Graetz - 2013-03-01 11:27

    no water in areas of Rustenburg for past 10 days, service delivery here is pathetic, authorities blaming Rand Water but this is a 5yr problem repeating itself. Gross incompetance

  • Swapie - 2013-03-01 11:28

    Slowly its all falling apart. Well done ANC. If we cant have water, give us beer!

  • Swapie - 2013-03-01 11:30

    Seriously, looking at the ANC and what they are doing now, maybe a civil war in 1989 was not such a bad idea

      Johan van Schaik - 2013-03-01 11:45

      Ja nee kyk oorlog is altyd die beste opsie teen mense wat saam jou in 'n land moet woon!!!

  • Eterni80 - 2013-03-01 11:30

    water is the next eskom - watch this space the ANC have been so busy stealing money/paying themselves handsomely that they never bothered with infrastructure maintenance now prepare to reap the whirlwind.

  • sisie.indola - 2013-03-01 11:30

    Everything has to do with "Maintenance" i still have to wonder why these departments were ever done away with - is it because they think it is beneath them to have aposition in Maintencae when Big Boss is so much better. Ah love the mentality that thinks that once a structure is built the little green men will take care of it so that it will run forever.

  • jean.m.gray.14 - 2013-03-01 11:38

    But it was more important to re-instate the ANC mayor who was removed on a vote of no-confidence previously!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • hugenote1980 - 2013-03-01 11:40

    Well luckily they have their black mayor back in Potch. Just ask him. He'll know what to do.

  • KingPun - 2013-03-01 11:48

    We have had a water crisis in my home town in Limpopo for the past 18 years and still havent made headlines.

  • kuno.tschumi.5 - 2013-03-01 11:53

    just waiting to see who they blame this time round... apartheid, calvinists, maybe the koi san or the colonialists in general. again why am i not surprised. instead of spending the allocated money on the things it should be used for, the morons had big parties, drive fancy cars and the rest of the money they take home and spend on the family.

  • Edwin Kadi - 2013-03-01 12:03

    I give up!!!!!

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-03-01 12:10

    So just your average screw up then?.

  • vandenberg.michael - 2013-03-01 12:14

    And the ANC's focus is to get rid of the white mayor first. Kinda reminds me of this joke of a Zimbabwean couple dying of hunger and thirst suddenly notice that the water started flowing again in the pipes and electricity coming back on and the husband said: "Quick! Get my AK! The whites are back!"

  • Muffin_man_can - 2013-03-01 12:22

    Nothing complex about, one word describes it all: INCOMPETENCE

  • sheena.jordaan - 2013-03-01 12:27

    another prime example of how wonderfully our councils are running things, we in Stilfontein have very poor water pressure due to a pipe having burst. council says there is no funds available to fix it, but in the meantime they are spending R3 million on "beautifying the middleman on the N12" go figure......

  • Richard - 2013-03-01 12:30

    ANC in top form once again.

  • criticallyhonest - 2013-03-01 12:31

    At the centre of many problems is the simple minded, primitive approach. Consume and move on, consume and move on....such an approach is barely sustainable for a generation and certainly not for the future. One reason for this is that maintenance and care requires an effective plan and an active long term commitment to implementing the plan and attaining objectives. These require intelligent thought and hard work! It is much easier to abandon, and only if absolutely pressed, replace with new. Not only easier, but replete with advantages suuch as tenderization and bing publicity. So who will get down to the hard thinking and work of taking care of existing resources? There are some, but are there enough?

  • neiljvv - 2013-03-01 12:49

    It's time to party we have a new elected Mayor. Eish don't worry we'll buy water for the Whiskey from the Spar. VIVA VIVA ANC

  • flynn.govender - 2013-03-01 13:26

    Government - get competent people to run your municipalities

  • LandyNut - 2013-03-01 14:11

    ANC = Sabotage !!!!!!!!!!!

  • luna.moon.5243817 - 2013-03-01 15:28

    I guess this is just a coincidence that the town ran out of water during the mayoral problems? I think cANCer is behind this to get rid of the DA mayor!

  • pws69 - 2013-03-01 15:46

    ANC dishonesty is MIND BLOWING. The ANC engineered this to "punish" the DA for running Tlokwe so well under a DA mayor. For the TRUTH, go here.

  • Mike Swart - 2013-03-01 20:38

    People r suffering hang the culprits 2 dry up 4 biltong.

      Stefan van Huyssteen - 2013-03-03 19:44

      sell it as "wildsbiltong"

  • gerasimos - 2013-03-01 21:04

    There is a very old proverb that sums up how the ANC rule: "A peasant will stand on the top of a hill for a very long time with his mouth open, before a roast duck will fly in"

  • jungleboy - 2013-03-02 08:20

    Not even a week on the job and the ANC F..... ed it up! Punitive action for having a DA mayor?

  • Jacques Swanepoel - 2013-03-02 12:40

    It is simple, employ qualified people with experience!!!! Stop replacing experienced people with Idiots!!!

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