Burst water pipe gives Mpumalanga civil servants the afternoon off

2016-02-12 13:04
Lucky Nxumalo (City Press)

Lucky Nxumalo (City Press)

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Mbombela - Hundreds of officials at the Mpumalanga government headquarters in Mbombela were instructed to go home on Thursday afternoon after a pipe burst.

By Friday morning, the pipe, that supplies water to the complex and neighbouring Riverside Mall, had been fixed and officials had reported back for work.

"[Staff had to] go home because if there is no water, it affects a lot of things, like air-conditioning. If there's a call of nature, you cannot do much about it," explained provincial public works, roads and transport department spokesperson David Nkambule.

"However, it did not affect us much because that communication came around afternoon. Today the situation is back to normal and officials are back to work." 

SembCorp Silulumanzi, which provides water in Mbombela, said the problem started on Wednesday.

"On Wednesday, afternoon a burst took place on our 400mm pump… On excavating, we found many cables and wires over the pipe, as well as a large Telkom concrete chamber that has been built over the pipe," said company spokesperson Richmond Jele.

He said they were able to isolate the leak and divert the water supply around it.

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