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Numerous people in Northern KwaZulu-Natal are finding themselves denied access to water.
According to the uThukela District Municipality, covering Ladysmith, Estcourt and Bergville, damages to water infrastructure and the effects of loadshedding have left scores of people across the District without adequate access to safe water.
Searching for solutions, three teams were formed on Monday, 14 November 2022, tasked to conduct investigations at the Alfred Duma (Ladysmith), Inkosi Langalibalele (Estcourt) and Okhahlamba (Bergville) municipalities.
The first visit took place at the Ezakheni Water Treatment Works, where the plant is experiencing many challenges.
According to the government entity’s Communications Unit, not only will the uThukela District be appointing a service provider to de-sludge the ponds located in the plant, but it will also have to look at improving the facility’s security.
“The issue of security to protect the infrastructure came to the forefront, as the plant is under constant vandalism,” said the Communications Unit.
The team then visited Ezakheni Section E where the valve chambers have been extensively damaged.
“In Ezakheni Section C, it was the same story again, whereby our value chambers were also damaged. Countless litres of treated water were just going to waste. To fix the whole damage the service provider will wait until the planned shutdown comes into effect.”
Individuals apparently gained access to Ezakheni Water Treatment Works Plant and allegedly cut-off three water pipes. While the District Municipality’s Communications Unit said that two of the pipes have been fixed, the biggest issue was the third pipe, which is the main pipe supplying water to the community of Ezakheni.
Mabhekazi was the next stop at the Oliphantskop Dam. Nothing was vandalised, but electric panels were burned out due to loadshedding. The plant is waiting for spare parts to arrive.
Furthermore, uThukela District Municipality Mayor, Cllr Ntandoyenkosi Shabalala said that the municipality will be getting to the bottom of the matter, and would go after those responsible for vandalising and destroying the water infrastructure.
Not knowing who the culprits were at this stage, Mayor Shabalala did say, he suspected the damage was an internal job.
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