ActionSA in Gauteng has expressed concerns about the water crisis in the province, stating that “water shifting” is not a viable solution. This comes after parts of Gauteng experienced water shortages due to maintenance work by Johannesburg Water and critically low water levels in some systems. Affected areas included Alexandra, Wynberg, Craighall, Parkhurst, Hyde Park, Tsakane, KwaThema, Duduza, Soshanguve, and more as reported by IOL.
The Ekurhuleni Metro blamed Rand Water for inadequate water supply, while Tshwane Metro also pointed fingers at Rand Water for ongoing water problems. Earlier this year, Rand Water implemented water cuts to maintain infrastructure, but residents still face water supply issues.
Rand Water recently implemented water shifting to ensure a balanced water supply to Gauteng residents, following a directive from Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu. However, Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi criticised Rand Water and the national government for a lack of communication and consultation on the water problems.
ActionSA Gauteng Provincial Chairperson Funzi Ngobeni has written to Rand Water and Mchunu, seeking information on the duration of the water shift, when water systems will be balanced, and which communities will be affected. The party also calls for a schedule, an explanation of the factors contributing to the water crisis, and a long-term plan to address the shortage.
Research specialist Professor Anja du Plessis emphasised the need for transparency and expressed concerns about the systemic chaos in water resource management, suggesting that while water shifting is possible, it should not become the norm.
The water crisis in Gauteng has led to frustration among residents and calls for better communication, transparency, and long-term solutions to address water supply issues.
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