No water in town outside Lusikisiki

Written by Tandeka Hlongwane

Locations on the outskirts of Lusikisiki haven’t had water for almost two weeks. The affected areas are Newtown, Joe Slovo, Arthur Homes and Katilumle.

Communities from these locations were fetching water from the nearby fountain. Some have hired vans to fetch water from Tshandatshe water supply.

Water and sanitation manager M Nomandindi said: “We experienced unavailability of water around town in the past two weeks. But the department is working to fix the pipes that were leaking.”

Nomsa Mthemba from Arthur Homes said: “I had to organise a van to fetch water from Tshandatshe location water supply. I have to pay the van I hired an amount of R160 and after two days I have to go to the water supply again. The distance from town is two kilometres. The department has to make an emergency plan in order to avoid the situation we are facing. Every citizen is entitled to access to clean water.”

Things were even worse at St Elizabeth hospital. The acting hospital chief executive officer Nozie Ntuli told OurHealth: “The dirty linen is in piles and is washed by hands. Though the trucks are delivering water at the hospital it is not enough to cover all the basic needs. Ingquza Hill local municipality should have issued a notice before fixing the pipes so that we could have had an emergency plan. We are dealing with health issues and people’s lives, and that need cleanliness.”

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Tandeka Hlongwane

Tandeka Hlongwane is an OurHealth Citizen Journalist reporting from the Eastern Cape's OR Tambo Health District.