Sun, Jun 20, 2021

Water cuts problematic

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by Rapule Moiloa

Water is life and with out water nothing can be done. Even if one have a cold beer or a soft drink those cannot replace water.
The Community of Snake Park has however been denied their right to the precious liquid and has been without water for days. The community members are forced to queue for water at the street corner to fill their buckets with water. The Joburg water department was supplying water to the community but the problem is that there is no social distancing and no mask wearing both amongst the young and old which is a danger in the midst of a pandemic. This because all what people want is water to drink, clean, cook, bath and do laundry above all to flush the toilets which can be messy with out being flashed.

Water scarcity is a big challenge

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by Rapule Moiloa

Water scarcity is a problem especially when it is not raining for people need water every day and regardless that water pressure is low.
And sometimes when there’s water in the taps depending on how the water pressure is some of the people can’t fill the buckets or even containers where they keep their water, one family can get water depending how the water runs from the taps.

Heavy rain fall sinked graves

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by Rapule Moiloa

Last weeks heavy rain sinked graves at Olifantsvlei next to Funvelley. Rain destroyed graves and the water sweeped away sand from the graves as they are opened. Family’s who have buried their loved ones from last year October till January before these heavy rain must go check the graves and fill the graves with more sand.

Water cut off in Diepkloof and part of Soweto.

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Just after the water question was asked during benchmarks foundation annual conference on the 21-10-2020. Diepkloof and other parts of Soweto experienced water cuts that affected residents through out Diepkloof and businesses that people use water for their business. Car wash business was one of the business that was affected for other people in these field use water to wash cars and other businesses also experienced a problem, for the hours that water was cut off these businesses lost money due to water cut off and water started running in taps later today.

Residents protest over power cuts

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Residents embarked on a protest to Eskom’s offices in Diepkloof zone. During every winter season, Soweto residents face massive electricity cuts. Eskom states that Soweto residents owe money hence the power cuts. I remember between 2013 and 2014 we had a meeting with Eskom to state the case of residents that we want to pay a flat rate as Soweto residents since we waited for the decision to this day. Instead they have new electricity prepaid metres installed and these have not brought a difference because whether one pays for electricity or not they will stay in the dark., Despite efforts towards an agreement to pay a flat rate Eskom insist on power cuts. Power cuts are affecting people’s lives and healthy as some have health conditions which demand them to keep warm always.

Water crisis cause for concern in GaMogashoa village

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by Mmabore… On 22 April 2020, GaMogashoa village in Sekhukhune South Africa had water. Since there is no schedule as to when we get water in the village and staying indoors most of the time, I saw water on the ground that is when I realised that there is water. Most of the people get water from the main pipe in the street to their houses and don’t have taps. Some of the pipes do leak sometimes because they are damaged by the sun and people use hoes to dig. You can see them after the rains on the damaged roads. Because of the lockdown the pipe I bought was short and I couldn’t buy  another one. I wish hardwares could be opened as we need to buy pipes and tanks to store water so that we have enough water as we are not sure when we will get water. We got water on the  7th April 2020 and 22 April 2020 was for the second time in a month.

The sad story of a woman who lost her baby at Job Shimakana Tabane Hospital

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by Sipho (not real name)…I was admitted for baby delivery at Job Shimakana Tabane Hospital in Rustenburg on the 13th of April 2020 but unfortunately i lost my baby and the situation at this hospital makes my loss even more painful. Since I was admitted I realised that there are no precautions in place for Corona virus in this hospital. I am saying this because the visiting hour is from 3pm to 4pm and visitors are from different communities, one visitor per person. Some of them with no masks including nurses and doctors and there is no screening of people who come for the visit.They said that they are containing the virus by allowing one person to visit,but there are more people coming especially families of those who lost their babies.

The painful issue that is affecting all of us is the way the nurses treat us especially with regards to preparing our babies for burial. The nurses don’t have time to help us. Since I was trying to prepare my baby’s papers yesterday till today nothing has been done. My baby’s father was up and down trying to sort out papers but the nurses are giving him different information. I am discharged but I can’t go home till the papers are done in Ward 6. They told the baby’s father that there is a missing file to prepare the papers 😭. I am angry and feeling sad about the way the government nurses are treating us.

I was at Ward 4 and the nurses are working hard to help us deliver safely and have done all that needs to be done but after we got transferred to another ward, the problems started. I was even left with 2 drips till I took them out by myself because I was asking a nurse in Ward 6 to remove them and she said she is tired and I must wait. I waited for more than 4 hours and she knocked off.

Water scarcity undermines lockdown efforts

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by Clifford Mohuba in Monametse Atok…Water scarcity results in non compliance and non-adherence of the rules and regulations of the national lockdown. Water is a basic human need and in these trying times, everyone need water more than before but still some villages in rural areas struggle to access water as people only get water once a week and it depends on a reservoir whether it’s full or not. Sometimes it takes more than two weeks for a borehole to fill it up. Some villagers depends on streams or buying water from the ones who have boreholes in their homes. Some get water from their relatives and friends far from their homes that’s when sometimes you see people during the lockdown pushing wheelbarrows and some on donkey carts. That’s what the community of Monametse is facing daily.

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by Lucky…At last the water stressed community in Marapong got water from the local Lephalale Municipality. Those who are living in informal settlements are at high risk of coronavirus. During lockdown period, people use water continuosly because they are supposed to wash hands frequently and bath not mentioning all activities that need water when people are indoors. People got water and that’s a relief but my concern is that they are those who are not able to buy sanitizers or afford soap to wash their hands due to the fact that they are unemployed and poverty stricken. When they come to fetch water they open and close the taps without washing their hands. What if someone with the virus have used the tap? Their children won’t be able to play inside their tin houses the whole day and that means they will be unnecessary movements and touchings and most of informal settlements don’t have yards and gates. During this lockdown period let’s prioritise people who are leaving in informal settlements, rural areas and people who are nunemployed and those who are taking medication that need them to eat frequently. Part of Marapong informal settlements now receive water today.

Living conditions undermine social distancing

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Since the enforcement of lockdown has begun things have been very difficult especially when it comes to maintaining social distance. It’s been difficult for us to comply with at home because we are living in a RDP house which is one room and we are a family of 7 including my mother ,2 sisters, 3 children and myself. We are very concerned because we can’t keep one meter apart as we the house is too small for all of us. During cold weather it is like we are breathing the same air. We are not sure if coronavirus is going to spare us in case one of us gets infected.