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Tongaat Secondary School employees Martin Radebe and Philani Mathonsi. Photo: darshan rangai
Tongaat Secondary School employees Martin Radebe and Philani Mathonsi. Photo: darshan rangai

A WATER leak which has not been fixed since December on Mill Road in Tongaat has sparked outrage from the community and Tongaat Secondary School since the leak has worsened and now the school does not have water.

The leak was first reported to municipality in December by the school and by a nearby resident, however according to employees at the school, bar an inspection from the municipal employees, no action to stop the leak has been made.

Principal Rajen Singh said the leak first left the school with low pressure water, but since school opened for the release of matric results on 4 January, they have had no water and despite lodging a complaint on the same day and two days later, no action has been made to stop the loss of water.

“Municipality’s incompetence and poor service delivery has now seriously disrupted education at the school,” said Singh.

“Water is getting wasted and it’s a precious resource especially in drought times and we can’t afford the loss of water. It’s more precious than gold.”

Singh said the school has only been able to remain open because they had Jojo tanks installed for emergencies and this was helping with the ablution facilities and cleaning of the school.

“Pupils have to carry water or buy water and this makes it difficult for them if it runs out,” said Singh.

Singh said it has been frustrating because there is little to no response from municipality over the problem and despite leaving messages with councillors, there has still been no action.

School employee, Martin Radebe said when municipal workers did come to investigate the leak, they went to have their lunch first outside the school and afterwards they had a look at the leak and took pictures and left.

“Nobody has come back to do anything and I’m here everyday. It’s getting worse and millions of litres of water have been wasted,” he said.

Resident Mr M Naidu said this is unfair on residents who have been asked to conserve water yet a leak has been allowed to go unattended for so long.

“Municipality is not playing their part. It has not stopped running and we are having water problems in this area,” said Naidu.

eThekwini Head of Communications, Tozi Mthethwa said all reported cases are being attended to and residents are urged to contact the number they had called to report the case and provide the call centre agent with their reference number so that they can be given an update regarding the status of their complaint and/or query.

“Customers are urged to report a fault/log a complaint once and thereafter use their allocated reference number to follow up on the progress of their enquiry.

“The municipality has qualified and dedicated staff whose key mandate is to deliver services to the people of eThekwini,” said Mthethwa.

However, municipality did not respond the Weekly’s questions regarding the leak in Tongaat.

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