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Don’t pay for service we aren’t getting

I am writing to commend Sembcorp Siza Water (SSW) for literally turning lemons into lemonade! (No Water Fines If Residents Save Water, Courier July 9). Instead of allowing their earnings to take a knock, they came up with a system of fining people if they don’t reduce usage by 30%. Rather than allocating a set …

I am writing to commend Sembcorp Siza Water (SSW) for literally turning lemons into lemonade! (No Water Fines If Residents Save Water, Courier July 9).

Instead of allowing their earnings to take a knock, they came up with a system of fining people if they don’t reduce usage by 30%. Rather than allocating a set amount for each household, they decided to make it impossible for those already complying to survive without being fined into homelessness. Brilliant business solution.

Meanwhile, SSW has yet to explain to us why the Dolphin Coast is the only area being put on severe water restrictions? Why is it that other areas, like Durban North, which also feed off the Hazelmere Dam, are not under restrictions? Is it due to mismanagement? Is it due to corruption? Is it bad forward planning?

Or is it because our water is owned by a multi-national which only cares about its own profits? Because contrary to Misra’s statement at last week’s meeting that “The water is owned by the government,” our water is actually owned by a private multi-national corporation, the Sembcorp Group. Is this why we are given cheapest upgrades, highest water prices and worst service delivery, to ensure dividends to foreign shareholders?

Living on the Dolphin Coast has become a challenge of late. The drought is tough but the real challenge is dealing with the mismanagement and relentless fleecing of my hard-earned money.

The Dolphin Coast is treated like the Golden Goose by government and corporations alike. We are being squeezed for every last cent and something has to give.

I’m tired of obediently complying to all requests and getting so little in return. I’m tired of having all my earnings sent to some foreign company that doesn’t care one iota if we all die of thirst, other that it might affect their bottom line. Mostly, I’m tired of being treated like a child: easily bullied, easily taken advantage of and helpless.

But I am not helpless. None of us are. And there are ways to express our individual power.

I would suggest we all begin withholding payment of bills until SSW can begin providing the service we are actually paying for. Open up a savings account and pay your bill to that account until such time SSW sorts its affairs out. Yes, I might get cut off but they are doing that to me anyway and if enough of us do this we might begin to affect that precious bottom line. Then, who knows, we might just get the service delivery we are paying for!

CATHERINE THATE

Salt Rock

FYI Siza does not serve the Metro areas, like Durban North – Editor.

 

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