Editorial staff
2 minute read
11 May 2022
4:15 am

Emfuleni water crisis: Cadre deployment costs SA a huge amount of already scarce water

Editorial staff

In the majority of ANC-run cities and towns across the country, the collapse of services is inexorable.

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The Emfuleni municipality in Gauteng whines that it is short of “staff and resources”, which is why it has spent R65 million in overtime for water entity workers … yet is still losing more than half of its water at a cost of R500 million a year. According to the municipality, the water entity could not attend to all reports during working hours and had to pay workers for overtime. Would we be too cynical to wonder if the workforce found itself “overwhelmed” during daylight hours, but could somehow get through the night at “time-and-ahalf”? Or would it be unfair...