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Thread: Disgruntled mayor barricades Rand Water gates demanding water for residents

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ninja'd View Post
    They also claim internet access is a basic human right.
    Completely out of context. Read the below carefully.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMNknight View Post
    This is the most ignorant thing I have read today, congrats.

    Consider for a moment, all the work that goes into getting water to your taps.
    1) Collection and storage of water in man made damns (this costs money in terms of labour, engineering experts, environmental experts etc)
    2) Drainage of water from human dense area's to river and dams. This also costs a lot of money due to design and labour costs.
    3) Treatment of water so that it is safe for consumption. All those chemicals to make the water safe to drink and the design, building and running of sanitation plants.
    4) Building of plumbing, reservoirs and various utilities to deliver sanitised water to your home with good pressure so that you dont have to spend hours trying to fill a kettle.

    Think about just the 4 points above, all the people involved in the processes that deliver water to your taps. They want to live too, they want to eat and have a house and raise children.
    If delivering clean drinking water to your house is supposed to be free, who is going to do all that work?
    Due to not being able to eat, all the professionals required to deliver good clean water to your taps would die in just a few weeks.

    Silly people thinking things are supposed to be "free".

    The only part of water that is free, is the water you can physically fetch from it's source and sanitize yourself.
    You can get free water at a dam or river. The stuff coming out of your tap - you and everyone else should be paying for, be it with taxes or a formal bill

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ninja'd View Post
    They also claim internet access is a basic human right.
    well now.. I can get behind that... but only if we can get Unshapped uncapped Unthrottled Right click download the internet at the speed of light.....
    Oh I have tried the Tshwane free wifi thing.

    If we treat free water supply like that we could probably make it work.. it never works. It is always a drip drip.. not even a trickle and you can not serve porn so what the hell is the use... ITs like having grey water for free drip by drip if you are lucky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rakabos3 View Post
    You can get free water at a dam or river. The stuff coming out of your tap - you and everyone else should be paying for, be it with taxes or a formal bill
    Did you read at all?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMNknight View Post
    Did you read at all?
    Was in response to Nanfeishen's comment, not yours

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    This is the new Mayor. Previous one resigned about a month ago.
    Oh ok, because from what I have heard and read, the previous mayor was paid ver very well, but did very very little.
    He resigned from a well paid job ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by daveza View Post
    He resigned from a well paid job ?
    He did not have much choice, google Simon Mofokeng.
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    Only reason the mayor is making a fuss is because he is being inconvenienced at his home by the water cuts. That is it. No other reason. Hope Rand Water people call one of those crowd control trucks to spray him with water to get rid of him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thechamp View Post
    He did not have much choice, google Simon Mofokeng.
    He did not resign. He was probably re-deployed.

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    Good news is that they restored our water pressure.

    Bad news is that two pipes promptly burst, roads look like a river. Now they have to cut the supply completely to fix these pipes. (That were fixed last month when).
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    Good benchmark to see how us Capetonians will have to live in a few months when our water runs out completely.

    At least you guys have water as long as you pay the bills.

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    Water flows again in Emfuleni, as repayment discussions continue

    Johannesburg - Water has been restored to the municipality of Emfuleni in Vereeniging, after burst pipes caused water supply interruptions in certain areas on Thursday, the mayoral spokesperson has said.

    Lebo Mofokeng told News24 on Friday morning that, although there were some water interruptions on Thursday, water had been restored and was flowing at 100% pressure.

    "Acron Park and Vereeniging experienced interruptions yesterday caused by major water pipe bursts. We had to close off some areas to do some maintenance, but everything is back to normal. We are assured that the water is back," she said.

    Mofokeng said that the burst pipe were a result of ageing infrastructure.

    "There were bound to be burst pipes here and there because the pipes were dry… water had not flowed through them since Friday, and there is also the fact that we have old infrastructure here," said Mofokeng.

    Mofokeng said she hoped that there would be no further interruptions going forward, as the municipality and Rand Water headed back to the drawing board regarding the municipality's payments.

    "We are hoping to make a payment [to Rand Water] on January 17. By paying the amount, we are hoping to avert any reductions in water supply," she said.

    The town had been without water since Friday, following a debt dispute between the municipality and water board, Rand Water.

    Dispute over payment

    The municipality owes millions of rands to Rand Water, which resulted in an agreement which states that the water board can reduce water pressure should the municipality fail to pay.

    Mayor Jacob Khawe previously told News24 that, in December, the municipality had paid just under R150m. Rand Water disputed this in a statement on Tuesday, saying that the December payment had fallen short by R45m.

    Water supply was cut on January 5 during an intense heatwave that hit Gauteng, leading to a flare up of protest action in areas such as Palm Springs over water supply.

    A frustrated Khawe barricaded the gates of Rand Water's Glenvista head office on Tuesday. He told News24 that he was with his mayoral committee and senior management in the council, but that he could not sit in his office while residents were without water.

    The areas most affected by the water reduction included Vanderbijlpark, Evaton West, Evaton, Evaton North, Lakeside, Sebokeng, Rustervaal and Roshnee, the municipality said at the time.

    The reduction in water was also attributed to electricity cable theft, which was said to have affected the pumping of water into municipal reserves.

    At the time, Khawe said they were standing outside Rand Water to demand water supply for residents who had been without water since Friday during the searing heatwave in Gauteng.

    He said, since taking office on November 29, he had endeavoured to pay the amount with the little that was available, expressing his frustration at the alleged misinformation spread by the water board in the media.

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