Makhanda residents protest over water shortages amid worst drought in years

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CAPE TOWN - The Unemployed Peoples' Movement has slammed the Makana Municipality over water shortages in Makhanda, the town formally known as Grahamstown.

Residents have taken to the streets in protest and have marched on the city hall this week to highlight their grievances.

The province is currently facing the worst drought in years.

The Settlers Dam is currently 11% full, while the Howieson's Poort Dam is standing at 23%.

The Unemployed Peoples' Movement is demanding the municipality come up with a plan to deal with the water crisis.

Spokesperson Ayanda Kota says residents are already living in day zero and it's unacceptable.
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This happens it also does not help when people think the water that comes out of the tap will never run out and keep the tap open for days while there is no one around. It's not a magic tap and the resources are limited.
First thing that needs to be done is to address this way of thinking.
 

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This happens it also does not help when people think the water that comes out of the tap will never run out and keep the tap open for days while there is no one around. It's not a magic tap and the resources are limited.
First thing that needs to be done is to address this way of thinking.
Yeah, same thing happened in townships during water shortages in Cape Town. Everyone who actually paid for it had to limit themselves, or face the wrath of local government, yet everyone getting it for "free" (paid for by everyone else) just wasted it with no end: washing taxis with hosepipes, leaving taps running, etc.
 

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This happens it also does not help when people think the water that comes out of the tap will never run out and keep the tap open for days while there is no one around. It's not a magic tap and the resources are limited.
First thing that needs to be done is to address this way of thinking.
Next you'll be telling the box that makes my fridge go isn't magic. It does bite though.

Yeah, same thing happened in townships during water shortages in Cape Town. Everyone who actually paid for it had to limit themselves, or face the wrath of local government, yet everyone getting it for "free" (paid for by everyone else) just wasted it with no end: washing taxis with hosepipes, leaving taps running, etc.
As I recall it was some people rather than everyone. You're also conveniently forgetting the fat cats in upmarket suburbs who flouted the water restrictions.
 

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Drought-stricken Makhanda to get thousands of litres of water

Port Elizabeth - A hydrologist with the humanitarian organisation Gift of the Givers has found drinking water in Makhanda, formerly Grahamstown, in the Eastern Cape at his first drilling attempt.
The organisation said that Dr Gideon Groenewald, who is also a geologist and palaeontologist, struck liquid gold on Tuesday drilling at 145 metres into a rock formation which is conservatively expected to produce 20 000 litres of pure drinking water per day as a "very conservative estimate".
Gift of the Givers founder Dr Imtiaaz Sooliman said the drilling rig will be positioned at other sites with a similar rock formation where it is expected that higher yields of water will be found at a lesser depth.
More at: https://www.iol.co.za/news/south-af...-to-get-thousands-of-litres-of-water-19402121
 

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The Unemployed Peoples' Movement
On 15 July 2009, the movement announced that it would begin appropriating food from supermarkets in Durban if the state did not agree to consult with it on its demand for a basic income grant of R1,500 per month for all unemployed people.

On 22 July 2009, the movement occupied the Checkers supermarket in Dr Pixley KaSeme Street and the Pick'n'Pay supermarket at The Workshop and began to eat food off the shelves without paying.
This made me laugh. Appropriation without compensation.
 

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This made me laugh. Appropriation without compensation.
And where do this brainless fools think that money will be coming from? They should get off their fatarses and work for money if they want it. Upm,=dumb
 

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Makhanda dams critically low

DURBAN - Dam levels in Makhanda, formerly Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape, are at a critical level despite the rain.
The Howiesonspoort dam level is at 29.3% and the Settlers dam at 7.6%.


The Makana Municipality said if the Settlers dam level drops to 7.4%, it would not be possible to extract water.


However, pumping from Howiesonspoort to Waainek Water Works would continue until those pumps start cavitating as well.


Thereafter, the Waainek Water Works that is supplying water to Makhanda West will not be able to produce water for residents in that area.


Municipality spokesperson, Anele Mjekula, said if there was no good rainfall by the end of April, no water will be produced by Waainek. “It is anticipated that by the end of April, no water will be produced by Waainek.
More at: https://www.iol.co.za/mercury/news/makhanda-dams-critically-low-20892449
 

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Makhanda residents urged to cut water usage as major dams dry up

Port Elizabeth - Ongoing drought conditions in the Eastern Cape has resulted in the Howieson's Poort and Settlers dams becoming dysfunctional, with the Makhanda Municipality, formerly known as Grahamstown, no longer able to extract water from either.

The two dams supply the western side of the town, with the Howieson’s Poort sitting at 11,2 percent and the Settlers Dam at 6,3 percent.
More at : https://www.iol.co.za/news/south-af...cut-water-usage-as-major-dams-dry-up-29047232
 
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