DA calls for intervention at Adams Mission water crisis

Issued by Cllr Zandile Mkhize – DA eThekwini Councillor
10 Sep 2019 in Press Statements

The Democratic Alliance in eThekwini has written to the Head of Water and Sanitation, Ednick Msweli, asking for his urgent intervention at the Adams Mission water crisis.

The people of Nkangala, Adams Mission have not had water since 2007 and only rely on water tankers. That is 13 years of dry taps in a metropolitan municipality with a multi-billion rand budget. Our attempts to further find out about the causes have proven to be fruitless as the only answer we got was that there isn’t enough water supply. This problem has led to financial losses for small businesses in the area. All of this is a result of years of failed service delivery by an uncaring ANC government.

The municipality has no plan to deal with water shortages. It is not only Nkangala which has been without water, but the whole of Adams Mission is also in a water crisis.

In September 2018 the DA-led City of Cape Town through continuous efforts by the government was able to overcome drought. In mid-2017 and mid-2018 the City of Cape Town experienced one of the worst droughts in human history, dam levels hovered between 15 % and 20%. By March 2018 the city had succeeded in restricting water usage by more than 500 million litres per day. In June 2018 dam levels steadily started to increase with a little help from the rain.

The DA is the only capable government, unfaltering with our plan to bring the most basic of services to residents.