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Triple whammy hits Joburg: No water, no electricity and no one steering the ship

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Amidst a jostle for power in the City of Johannesburg, residents are left powerless and without basic services.
Amidst a jostle for power in the City of Johannesburg, residents are left powerless and without basic services.
PHOTO: Rosetta Msimango

A perfect storm has hit South Africa’s economic hub, which is facing a water crisis to match its power disaster. And not only is there no water and no electricity, there’s also no one steering the ship.

As is so often the case, the most vulnerable have been the worst hit. Two of Johannesburg’s big public hospitals, Helen Joseph and Rahima Moosa Mother and Child, have had to ask doctors to bring in water so that they can at least flush the toilets to prevent the spread of infections.

READ | Joburg water crisis: Two public hospitals struggling, residents fuming as reservoirs run dry

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