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So basically this is just another concrete proof that the current ANC government did absolutely nothing to maintain the infrastructure as they were supposed to after winning the elections way back in 1994. The ANC is really just a pathetic political "bully" IMO by telling their supporters that they are not to blame whenever something goes wrong in current day SA.
^ and how long were the ANC in charge of WP to do bugger all infrastructure wise
Our water in the WC comes from local rainfall - not national.
Our local water infrastructure upkeep is also the responsibility of the local provincial or city governments - not national.
Yeah, do you perhaps have any links to records on what the expenditure on water infrastructure has been in the Western Cape or Cape Town specifically? In Gauteng there were stats published on how much water was lost due to leaks, do you perhaps know of them for the WC? I am genuinely curious.
Our pipes were all recently replaced within the neighborhood after the pipes burst a couple of times within the same section. Haven't had a pipe burst since then.
I don't know the exact expenditure, but water availability (or lack thereof) cannot be purely blamed on lack of governance (well in the WC at least), a huge part relies on natural rainfall. Some can't grasp that simple fact of natural science.
“Of great concern is the fact that water losses are on the increase, up from 35.9 percent in 2010/11, with the main culprits being the three metros, recording losses as follows in 2011/12: City of Joburg lost 206 020 000 kilolitres; Ekurhuleni 133 250 000; and Tshwane 77 290 000 kilolitres,” Nel said.
The worst losses were experienced by Emfuleni, which lost 42 990 000 kilolitres of its available 82 420 00 kilolitres of water.
A total of 480 980 000 kilolitres of water - the equivalent of 2.5 Hartbeespoort dams or 192 392 Olympic size swimming pools - were lost.
More than half of the water was lost, quite a waste. Drought just emphasizes the issue as well, but forcing residents to conserve water when more than half is lost due to bad infrastructure, it doesn't help much.
Not saying we should all be wasteful with water, quite the opposite, but government also needs to get its act in order.
If you knew the damage that infrastructure takes with just one year of negligence, you'd see that 10 years of negligence is enough to pretty much ruin it. There's no doubt the current drought is the main contributor but one just has to go around all the ANC run districts all over SA and see what effect they have had and still do (running 24hr a day pipes, massive waste through family and friend tenders, etc etc) to add to the current dire situation. You can use your blame game words, I'll just use blinkers for you because obviously they're bloody big ones