Hammarsdale taps run dry
It has been just over a month since the province of KwaZulu-Natal was ravaged by flood and some areas of Mpumalanga Township in Hammarsdale, West of Durban, are still without running water.
Since the April floods in Kwazulu-Natal last month, many parts of the province were badly affected. With some communities losing family members and some left homeless due to the floods. Mpumalanga Township, is one of the residential areas that was hard hit by floods, leaving the community without water and electricity.
This interruption to the communities water supply has caused great distress to the residents, who complain that life has become stagnant, especially for workers and learners. High school teacher at Isibukosezwe High School in Hammarsdale, Sipho Ndlovu, says the water crisis is affecting them as a Department of Education, especially their workload and the teaching and learning process.
Speaking to Iziko he said, “The most disturbing thing is poor teaching and learning, and it will also be teachers who end up not doing well in school and not wanting to be on time. So do our learners, who end up not coming to school, but the biggest hurdle is teaching and learning because we can no longer do it in the same way as usual.
One of the parents in the area, who is concerned about the safety of her children, Mbali Ndlovu, said that she is very worried that her children are now forced to leave after their first break due to the water situation. Explaining that it is unsafe for her children to be alone all day without adult supervision because she is away working during the day.
“I work and I leave late at work, when my children leave school early, they stay by themselves at home until my mom comes home from work earlier than me. Which worries me a lot because it is no longer safe here, so I wish the Municipality can take immediate action on this water crisis,” she said.
Iziko tried to contact eThekwini Municipality Spokesperson, Nalini Reddy as well as the Ward 06 Councillor, Bless Majola, to find out what they are doing about the water situation but our emails went unanswered.