KwaNdengezi Residents Feel Alone Amid Water and Electricity Crisis
KwaNdengezi a township just outside of Pinetown is among the areas hard hit by the recent floods, that ravaged some parts of the province of KwaZulu-Natal.
Residents have expressed feeling abandoned after they have gone for weeks without water and reliable electricity, and have not heard anything from the municipality or their ward Councillor. Local resident, Samkelisiwe Mkhize says there are areas that still have no water since the floods that devastated eThekwini, mid-April.
Speaking to Iziko Journalist, Mkhize said that she and other members of the community have had to share their water with those who do not have.
“The problem is that some people get tired of helping and some have even resulted to selling their water,” said Mkhize.
Resident Pamela Msomi, says South Africans have had to adjust to water and electricity issues but this does not mean that residents should not receive updates on progress.
“We have adjusted to our situation as a country but what really irks us is the absence of the counselor in terms of informing us what is happening. When there is elections they have these cars that drive by and make announcements about what is happening, why can’t they do the same [in this situation],” said Msomi.
Ward Councilor, Dumisani Nsundwani responded, saying that he has been in communication with community members at a personal level but has not been able to hold a community meeting.
“I speak to the people, it’s just that it’s not everyone who is going to like you and it’s not everyone who is going to be satisfied with your work. I would like to call a community meeting but the priority at the moment is those who have lost their loved ones during the floods,” said Nsundwani.
eThekwini Municipality’s Spokesperson Msawakhe Mayisela urged KwaNdengezi residents to bear with the municipality as they try to restore the provision of basic services.
“Like in many other areas, KwaNdengezi is also our priority. At this very moment our teams are hard at work, day and night, doing their best to meet the needs of our residents,” said Mayisela.
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