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Fourways residents outraged by the ongoing water crisis

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The community of Fourways is outraged by the continued water outage imposed by Johannesburg Water, which has left residents of the suburb without water since Tuesday, 30 July 2019.

The continued water outage reportedly resulted from a burst water pipe in both Talavera Complex and Waterford, which Johannesburg Water credited to old pipes that have caused issues for over 12 years.

In a statement issued on Sunday, 4 August 2019, Johannesburg Water stated, “The matter is a historic one, spanning more than 12 years, long before the current administration took over the City. The Capex budget is very limited vs the inherited backlog of infrastructure upgrade needs, however, the current administration will work towards turning the tide.”

The community has expressed its outrage at the inconsistent stories that have been shared on social media by Johannesburg Water, as well as the continued extension of the time of restoration. Mark Toussaint commented, “It’s day eight. How many times have you drained it now? Just heard on the news that Rand Water stated that the water will be restored this afternoon. So you are misleading the radio stations? I suggest you look at your Board and the competence level of such, as well as your so called technical staff within your organisation.” Kim McAdams also stated, “What’s the point of giving an estimated time of [completion]? Eight days now and they still haven’t met any deadline.”

The public has also questioned Councillor Nico de Jager from the Mayoral Committee Member for Infrastructure and Services in the City of Johannesburg. Many have claimed that he has made no substantial effort in the repairing of the pipes, nor has he ensured that the workmanship was up to standard. Sibonelo Gqwazi stated, “Nico De Jager, where have you been throughout this madness? Only when the public reached out to you? What kind of public leader are you?”.

Following the numerous complaints, De Jager issued a statement on Facebook on Sunday, 4 August 2019, which stated, “The issue of the no water situation is frustrating for you as it is for the leadership of the City. It is extremely difficult and frankly impossible to respond to every complaint that comes to my phone so I have to allow the Joburg Water [communications] team to respond and update residents.”

The latest update states that water is expected to be restored at midnight on Monday, 5 August 2019.

Sayushka Naidoo

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