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Tshwane communities survive on a trickle of water

Written by Mishack Mahlangu

Areas of Winterveld about 40 kms outside of Pretoria say they are tired of relying on municipal water trucks as Rand Water pipes remain dry.

Ward 9 Councillor Sophie Sithole said that a complaint had been lodged with Rand Water but could not say when the matter would be resolved

Ward 9 Councillor Sophie Sithole said that a complaint had been lodged with Rand Water but could not say when the matter would be resolved

Parts of Winterveld may be just 50 kms from the Union Buildings but residents say they are tired of sporadic access to water with little communication from local authorities. In the meantime, residents say that they continue to rely on municipal water trucks.

“We have been struggling with water for some few years (and) depend on trucks that sometimes do not come,” resident July Nayo told OurHealth.

“Sometimes, I take a bucket to the pump in my yard to get water forgetting that it is dry,” said Naomi Mhinga who is battling cancer and says that queuing for water trucks in the hot sun is exhausting.

Local Ward 9 Councillor Sophie Sithole confirmed that she has received complaints about water supply in the area and blamed faulty connections. She added that the matter had been reported to Rand Water but could not confirm when water would be restored to affected areas.

About the author

Mishack Mahlangu

Mishack Mahlangu is an OurHealth Citizen Journalist reporting from Gauteng's Tshwane Health District.