Krugersdorp Water Crisis: One problem, two stories

Who are to blame for the recent spate of water shortages in Krugersdorp and who do we held accountable for this, according to the recent information we received in that Rand Water is behind this crisis and no information is forthcoming from the Mogale City Local Municipality.

According to media reports it all started because of a burst pipe and the Kenmare reservoir was shut down for maintenance by the Mogale City Local Municipality on the 1St September 2013 and it was promise to residents that it will be fully resolved by the 28th September 2013. In another report Justice Mohale, Rand Water’s Media Relations Manager said the reservoir has been shutdown by them to do repairs n the F35 pipeline.

Residents staying in Rangeview, Rant-en-Dal, Feather Brooke, Muldersdrift, Noordheuwel, Kenmare, and Monument are affected as this in not the first time this year that they have to struggle without water our limited water and other rumours recently surfaced that the Kenmare reservoir is not filling fast and other residents uses more water then they should.

The Municipality Watchdog received complaints from residents staying in these areas once again experienced limited or non supply of water to them over the Weekend 11th to 13th October 2013.

The  Municipality Watchdog  have sent a request to  the premier of Gauteng Mrs Nomvula Mokonyane on the 14th September 2013 to intervene into Krugersdorp water crisis but up to now we did not receive any feedback from her office.

Water interruptions reflect poor service delivery, residents in the affected areas are furious and the emotions are running havoc, as the Municipality Watchdog we are planning to start a petition on municipal taxes, we are also planning to involve other stake holders to investigate this matter such as the Department of Water Affairs.

As residents of Krugersdorp, we will most definitely hold the Council and senior management accountable, but as the water service provider to the Mogale City Local Municipality, Rand Water cannot leave residents in the dark. It creates the perception that Rand Water and the Mogale City Local Municipality  do not care, do not respect residents or do not know how or are unable to solve the problem and deliberately chooses to ignore residents, the very people that actually pay their account for water supplied, despite not having a direct link to Rand Water. However, residents are part of the municipality as disclosed in the Systems Act and the approach by Rand water is therefore incorrect. Despite assurances by the municipality that they have met with a delegation from Rand Water and that industrial and big consumers would be taken on board to reduce consumption to allow reservoirs to fill up, the above is the situation tonight. The Municipality Watchdog is tonight merely the voice of the people negatively affected by the non-supply and at this stage, actually in total darkness as to when the crises would be solved. Residents even today approached Municipality Watchdog  with a request to organize the withholding of payments to the municipality, an approach not yet supported by us, but seen as a method to send a clear cut message to the administration and Council that their loyalty (and finances) must not be taken for granted.

The Total ignorance to date by Rand Water and the Mogale City Local Municipality, this can only is interpreted as a total disrespect for the plight of residents who do not have water to flush their toilets, prepare food etc. Having the added advantage of being a mother, you will understand that small children and even baby’s suffer the most in such instances and it is the woman who are most upset by non-supply, given their added responsibilities to manage the food and children above their work related duties.

Deon Nel who suffers from Motor Neurone Disease (MND, is a Resident of Noordheuwel and are very much effected by this water interruptions, his wife needs a lot of water to come true the day as the water needs to be pre-boiled etc.

Basic Water is a necessity and everybody’s   human right as set out in Section 27 in the constitution of the Republic of South Afica: the rights to foodwaterhealth care and social assistance, which the state must progressively realise within the limits of its resources. What happened to the (Batho Pele – caring, empathy, respect, recognition, value, reward, compassion and consultation) principals, that was adopted by Local and Provincial Government.

For More Information don’t hesitate to contact:

Andrè Pieterse – Founder Municipality Watchdog



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