Weather blamed for KZN water shortage

2011-12-29 16:31

Durban - Severe weather and additional holiday traffic were the cause of water shortages in Ballito, the Ilembe district municipality said on Thursday.

"We experienced unprecedented demand for water which was not fully expected and this created a temporary drop in water levels in the main service reservoir, which then indirectly affected the whole system supply," municipal spokesperson Zee Nqala said.

On Friday East Coast radio reported that restaurant managers and places of accommodation lost customers after water cuts on Tuesday.

"There was a 25% increase in average demand [for water] compared to December 2010."

Nqala said the municipality and its service providers had been working on a bulk water master plan which would secure water provision to the region over the next 35 years.

"We regret the incidences that have lead to this unusual situation and furthermore acknowledge the inconvenience and discomfort experienced by the visitors to our area and residents and business stakeholders."

The municipality appealed to local residents to save water ahead of the New Year's peak.

  • craigtjames - 2011-12-29 16:37

    Not apartheid or Christianity? Sad about the shortages, good news that something else is to blame for a change.

      Mike - 2011-12-29 17:55

      It wasn't me; It wasn't me!!!!! I promise!!!

      craigtjames - 2011-12-29 18:08

      Haha, there is a Shaggy song in there somewhere:-)

      Gerhard - 2011-12-29 18:23

      The ANC is not and never has been able to run something as simple as a municipality, never mind a whole country.

      Paul - 2011-12-29 18:23

      You took the words right out of my mouth, Craig! Al Gore will be delighted, don't you think?

      craigtjames - 2011-12-29 18:37

      Paul, If you look at the climatic changes all over the world, more people should listen to Al Gore and we need more activists like him. Apart from the simplistic article above,we are facing serious disasters, and I believe more to come, and I am afraid to say, we have ourselves to blame.

      Paul - 2011-12-29 19:21

      So how do you blame yourself for 'climatic changes'? So-called greenhouse gasses are 96% water vapour. Only 0,4% are carbon gasses, of which less than 1% is caused by humans, factories, vehicles etc. FACT! The issue mongers only want your vote and your money, Craig, and they want you to believe the crap media they put out. Climate change has always happened -- in cycles -- so don't go feed on the fear dished up by those with ulterior motives.

      craigtjames - 2011-12-29 19:50

      They do not have my vote or money, don't worry about that:-) We are sitting with 7 billion people on this earth, grown by a billion in the last couple of years. We are killing the natural resources of our earth. I am not a tree-hugger, and I believe and understand that climatic changes happen periodically, but in modern times we have never had the type of disasters we have had over the past couple of years - and it is not only about the increase in frequency, it is also about the intensity. Too many users, I am afraid.

      George - 2011-12-29 20:27

      Cant even run water

      Mike - 2011-12-29 22:23

      Craig. I sympathise with your point. I am also asking the question: "How many people can this planet earth sustain?"

      craigtjames - 2011-12-30 00:30

      Mike, I do not think we have much more place. If you look at especially underdeveloped countries and the rate at which their population is increasing, and the fact that the average life span of people has increased by decades over the last 100 years, we are in for serious trouble, and that I am afraid forms part of us abusing our earth:-(

  • AquaticApe - 2011-12-29 16:38

    What excellent planning! Who would think that a fast growing town and an annual influx of holiday makers might mean that more water is required? Obviously not the Ilembe municipality!

  • Andrew - 2011-12-29 16:40

    So this is the first time it has rained in KZN and holiday makers have not been there in December. How long has this master planning taken to formulate or is this like ESKOM, only fix when disaster strikes.

      Mike - 2011-12-29 17:56

      Yip! Else allocate the finances for Xmas bonuses!!

  • Hunter - 2011-12-29 16:44

    We read about the floods in KZN and storms - not drought. One wonders what extreme wheather really caused this. At least they hint at admitting their poor planning...

  • Pulverturm - 2011-12-29 16:51

    In the middle of a La Nina season? Sounds like bad planning and resource management to me.

  • Shirley - 2011-12-29 16:51

    What a crock! December is peak visitor time! The staff all left for holidays and forgot to fill the reservoir! They had all received their ill earned bonuses and be damned with the rest! Cant anyone just cop to the truth for a change!??????

  • Don - 2011-12-29 16:59

    Come on guys, surely you could think up a better excuse than that. Weather ?!? what a laugh. I don't think the holiday makers will "swallow that". What about blaming someone for leaving the tap open or maybe a leak in the hose pipe. AG PLEEZE... Lets face it Siza we were all warned 5 years ago that Ballito would run into water shortage problems, its not even a surprise its actually common knowledge. Did you not hear that ?. Now that it happens, its someone or something else's fault..LOL the weather and too many visitors !! You should have planned the weather better then, how can it not rain whe you planned it to rain when all thee visitors come to town ?!. Evaporation ? Maybe you need better storage tanks. Siza Water you can't get out of this one you are messing up big time. Some of us paid some R5k to R8k per month per household to SIZA for water this year. That's a huge amount in anyone's budget. Doctors and dentists could not do their work for days, people had to go to loo's that stank, staff had to share water, people could not bath. Man I think that tourism isn't what you planned for, maybe an exodus yes. Its a simple task its called maths. Try it.

      Shirley - 2011-12-29 17:03

      They were too busy having a puza!

  • rowan.maulson - 2011-12-29 17:05

    I'm sorry what? Weather? Really? After it rained as much as it did in November? This was purely a piss poor excuse from a bunch of incompetent idiots that screwed up and can't actually take responsibility for screwing up.

  • Don - 2011-12-29 17:07

    Just for those who don't live here we had the best rainfall in years; especially in the last month. In one weekend 320mm. And 46mm since yesterday but still water shortage ?. All the dams I live close to are full and overflowing.

  • Sharon - 2011-12-29 17:14

    Thats right, blame the out-of-towners (ie Gautengers) we're ruff and tuff, we can take it!

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2011-12-29 17:16

    Municipal incompetence . Or a legacy of apartheid . You choose.

      joeballito - 2011-12-29 17:41

      Greg you hit the nail right on the head!

  • SergeD69 - 2011-12-29 17:22

    The KZN North- and South Coast economy needs the holiday makers. Not much activity outside of the holiday seasons. The December/January and Easter holiday seasons are peak time, and they haven't planned for it!? A sad state of affairs. Another prime holiday destination being destroyed. A great opportunity for Mozambique to earn money from tourism. Ask the Portuguese and Brazilians to assist you in infrastructure development and management and your country will boom.

  • cliff.slabbert - 2011-12-29 17:28

    It has nothing to do with bad weather it is everything to do with BAD MANAGEMENT full stop!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! STOP PASSING THE BUCK AND MAKING FEEBLE EXCUSES!!!!!! You brad about "Sustainable Development" but you let development go ahead without the infrastructure to support it.

      cliff.slabbert - 2011-12-30 06:49

      brag not "brad" sorry!!

  • Ettienne - 2011-12-29 17:32

    So are they now actually trying to blame GOD for this? IDIOTS! Weather is part of nature created by GOD.......and then we as humans have had major impact on the global warming problems. So wake up and do something about the POOR MANAGEMENT within your own department.

  • Xenswim1 - 2011-12-29 17:34

    Why dont they just admit that they are incompetant and forgot / too lazy to make the usual contigency plans. This same Municpality is likely one of those who continualy repremanded at monthly meets at Umgeni water for below standard water quaility. Then again Ungemni water knows its demands rates for the North so should have thrown a brick as a reminder.

  • Leon - 2011-12-29 17:34


  • Wendy - 2011-12-29 17:54

    According to the North Coast Kwa Dukuza Ratepayers Association...23rd December..... the problem was that an official "saw the needle flickering at the Reservoir but did nothing about it. Eventually, the pump ran dry and burnt out. A new pump could take two weeks"

  • Julio - 2011-12-29 18:02

    Eisch, it's all those wetern capitalist coming down to the coast on holiday.

  • Dave - 2011-12-29 18:06

    The only reason for this is the dickheads that have been given these and other senior positions in the local, provincial and national governments. They have no qualification apart from being related to, or friends with the big wigs or are involved in corrupt back pocket deals. This is how the ANC always have and always will operate. Welcome to Africas next train smash - the "gravy train" deluxe.

  • Horace - 2011-12-29 18:21

    Please oh please you masses out there!? Can't you see your ANC that your always vote for, are totally incompetent in providing basic services!?? Just look to Cape Town to see how a municipality should be run!??

  • ian.rundle1 - 2011-12-29 18:25

    Typical!!! These guys can not AND do not plan for a baby nine months after their wife/wives are impregnated. Plan before - huh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Anything requiring forethought is beyond them.

  • Peter - 2011-12-30 07:58

    It was not the ANC's fault, stop blaming them for somthing they are not responsible for!!!! Sorry guys. All my fault, I drank too much when I was there two weeks ago, even the pubs ran dry.

  • tacod - 2011-12-30 08:14

    A while back I was in Parys in the Free State where there was also a dry spell, and what was the reason, the municipal workers responsible for the water supply turned the pumps off so that they could listen to the soccer on radio and to watch TV while on duty. Another worker refused to pump water to a reservoir that serviced the main area of the town. The municipal manager did just nothing about the situation or the individual that refused to do their essential service. With this action they actually ignored the south african constitution: the right to clean water.

  • RobertaKeeling - 2011-12-30 12:15

    They can't even plan for one year - how are they going to do so for the next 35? Just admit that unqualified people are running the place and are uable to cope wit the demands of their jobs! Long live BEEEEEEEE

  • Piet - 2011-12-30 13:21

    Unbelievable. Now the weather is linked to incompetence.

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