Witness Reporter
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5 Aug 2022
05:57

Letters | The ever-controversial water bill

Witness Reporter

Every water-paying resident in the six municipalities under the jurisdiction of uMgungundlovu will recall the total outrage and subsequent objections at the initial 100% proposed water increase.

Write to The Witness: letter@witness.co.za

In response to Councillor Hazel Lake, The Witness, July 28, Brian Zuma uses the words “harping” and “resolved”, respectively, which indicate some measure of irritation and spin talk, along with a subsequent snub, indicating that Mr Zuma doesn’t particularly enjoy constructive criticism.

For this reason, neither will mine be appreciative.

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Every water-paying resident in the six municipalities under the jurisdiction of uMgungundlovu, all political parties, and other concerned entities will recall the total outrage and subsequent objections at the initial 100% proposed water increase.

The only issue that was “resolved” was reducing this 100% to the current 50%.

What happened next was an exhaustive debate, to no avail, as seemingly no one had any say in the matter, irrespective of constructive input regarding various issues beyond anyone’s control.

Loadshedding now seems like kid’s play. As it stands, uMgungundlovu was never going to back down: a case of “take it or leave it”.

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However, a huge concern of mine is not receiving any accounts for the past two to three years. So, effectively, I don’t know what I should, or should not, be paying, or how the 50% increase will affect me.

Councillor Lake and others should take note of this, as many residents, if not the entire six municipal areas, will attest to this.

Many Post offices are fully operational again, including the one at Cramond. Billing for a product, without proof of how the compilation there-off is arrived at, is an illegal practice!

Anthony Timms
Pietermaritzburg