SEVEN families, living at the caravan park on Port Shepstone beachfront, say they have been fighting what seems to be a never-ending battle with the Hibiscus Coast Municipality.
Apart from some caravans falling apart, the park has had no water for over two years, and residents have to walk some distance away to fetch water from a service station. There are also no ablution facilities at the park.
“The municipality always tells us we will get proper housing, but nothing has happened yet. We don’t have water and no tankers deliver water to the park,” said Johann de Beer.
De Beer has been living with his family in the park for five years.
De Beer, his wife and son live on a state pension as they are medically unfit to work.
De Beer however, earns some extra cash as a car guard.
“The caravan has holes in it which we covered with plastic. The plastic now also has holes in it. When it rains, everything gets wet. We cannot afford our own place,” he said.
Christine Gezdag says it’s a nightmare having to live without water.
“I collect rain water for washing, but there hasn’t been much rain recently. My caravan is badly damaged as well,” she said.
Gezdag lives on a pensioner’s grant and says she cannot afford a place of her own.
The windows in her caravan don’t close properly and as a result, rats and snakes gain access easily.
Simon April, spokesperson for Hibiscus Coast Municipality said the municipality is working on their matter.
“The challenge is that there a number of people who are on the waiting list for houses.”
On the issue of water delivery, Ugu District Municipality spokesperson, France Zama, said it did not have any arrangements with HCM to have water delivered via tankers to the caravan park.
“It must be noted that the municipality does not deliver water to private properties. The municipality does however, assist people from the caravan park by allowing them to make use of the filling point at the Marburg workshop to fill their containers.”