Thobani Ngqulunga
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31 Jan 2012
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Ixopo: Council slammed for water cuts

Thobani Ngqulunga

IXOPO residents have criticised the inaction of Sisonke District Municipality which, they say, has failed to address acute water shortages there since the beginning of the year....

IXOPO residents have criticised the inaction of Sisonke District Municipality which, they say, has failed to address acute water shortages there since the beginning of the year.

Principal of Noah’s Ark Pre-school, Lisa Honneysett, said she went to the school a week before schools opened and found that there was no water.

“I thought that by the time the schools opened we would have water, but that was not to be.”

She said this has been a problem for the entire month of January.

“During one particular week we had to go without water for the entire week. How are we expected to run a pre-school in those conditions where toilets are not working and there is no drinking water for our pupils?”

Honneysett said no one at water supplier Sisonke District Municipality could tell them what the problem is.

Meredy Louwrens, the owner of Trevelen Country House bed and breakfast, has had a similar problem. “We have had to send our patrons away because we had no water for the entire week,” she said.

Reverend Roddy Blom of the Methodist Church said he feels sorry for the children attending the pre-school.

“The municipality needs to respond with a sense of urgency when there is no water because this affects the community greatly. When there is no electricity there are ways to survive, but if it is water then it becomes a serious challenge,” he said.

Sisonke municipal manager Nhlanhla Mabaso acknowledged that part of Ixopo has been affected by water cuts as a result of a fault in design.

“We have sent an engineer to assess the extent of the problem so that we can come up with a short- or long-term plan to resolve the problem.”

He said in the meantime they have provided water tankers and added that when there are power cuts, that area’s water is always the first to be affected as the reservoir uses electric pumps.