Forget power cuts. What is happening to our water supply is much more serious. After two decades of little or no maintenance of municipal sewerage plants, corruption and indifference, South Africans are vulnerable to medieval, water-borne diseases and something even more serious: thirst.
Heat waves have been hitting parts of South Africa as summer takes hold and the holiday season approaches prompting health authorities to warn people to stay out of the sun when temperatures spike and to drink lots of water.
LIMPOPO – A water project meant to supply Mashau village and surrounding villages in Vuwani with clean drinking water is under threat after residents who were promised temporary employment at the project were not hired.
Cape Town’s drought could fuel growing resistance to common antibiotics as more people are expected to become sick when normal hygiene practices are pushed aside in the name of saving water – resulting in more antibiotics being dispensed.
LIMPOPO – Despite the Vhembe District Municipality having reached an agreement with the Department of Water and Sanitation to settle their bulk water bill which now sits at R 300-million, the rural municipality is facing various additional problems.
LIMPOPO – Lesedi Clinic in Lephapane, outside Tzaneen in the Mopani District has gone without water for four months after the water supply was found to be infested with bacteria. Mogale Mojela reports that the water has been switched off altogether.
Despite the Limpopo Department of Health’s drive to warn rural villagers not to drink contaminated river water, residents are continuing to do so as the dirty water is all they have access to.