The water tank in the informal town of Encanini has dried up, and residents are forced to buy water.

Lois Dionman, GroundUp

  • There is a water crisis in the municipality of Makana.
  • Some families buy water from people with donkey carts.
  • Government officials did not comment on the issue.

As the water crisis in Makana’s Eastern Cape family worsens, families buy water from people in wheelchairs, “renting” containers in other people’s rainwater tanks – and do without them if they can’t afford to pay.

And the municipality will not answer questions, according to GroundUp.

Some Macanese communities have been suffering from water outages and water shortages for more than a year.

Now others face the same problem.

The Hoogenoeg water tank, donated to the Gift of the Givers community, has been empty for seven weeks.

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Resident Melikha Matva said residents now buy water from cart owners who can bring water from afar, at a price of 20 to 25 rupees per liter.

“Our municipal officials have not been able to replace the outdated water supply infrastructure and are not eliminating frequent leaks. The water crisis in the municipality disproportionately affects us as poor people who cannot afford to buy water. There is no daily water carrier here. How long we have been complaining about the same thing in this municipality of Makana and nobody cares, ”Matwa said.

Matthew said:

Tankers come after a long time and bring in not enough water. Most residents are poor and cannot afford to buy bottled water. People are queuing up at several homes that have water, and their water bills are high.

In some informal settlements of the city water problems are constant. There has been no water in the informal town of Encanini since last year.

In annex 6 of the informal town of Emoteni, according to some residents, they paid a monthly “rent” of 100 rupees for access to water from someone else’s rainwater tanks.

In Annex 9 in Joze, where families have taps in their backyards, residents said the water was turned off and off without notice. On Wednesday, they said it was the second day without water.

Nonkululeka Simai, who has three children, said she did not know what to do because she did not even have the money to hire donkey carts.

She said:

I use the water I get very carefully because I don’t know where to take it next time. Perhaps the provincial or national government should intervene in the municipality of Macau because our officials cannot solve it.

Municipal Director of Engineering and Infrastructure Services Assand Madi-Gidan declined to comment.

“I can ask you once again to forward your inquiries to our central communications office,” she said.

Plumbing and Sanitation Manager Gubev Maduna said: “I can’t help you with anything if I don’t do it through this office.”

But spokeswoman Iolisa Ramacalo did not answer questions. She also did not answer the questions sent two months ago.

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