The City of Tshwane says they are working hard to resolve the water crisis in Hammanskraal; however, residents have a different opinion and are taking tough measures to get the government’s attention.
Tshwane Bulletin LIVE has engaged the municipality in the past to discuss how it plans to fix the problem, including upgrading the Rooiwal Treatment Plant, which will ensure residents have clean portable water.
Authorities still need to appoint a contractor to finish phase one of a 70% project carried out by a previous contractor.
Fortunate Mathabathe, a representative of the community, expressed concern about the quality of the water. The Human Rights Commission has also reported that the water here in Hammanskraal isn’t even safe for animals to drink, so it can’t even be used here.
“The media has been addressing this issue for a while and we are tired of talking about it, so we will resort to other means of getting the attention of the government,” Mathabathe said.
A lot of residents in the area are reliant on water tanks and it has also become a problem when the tankers don’t always show up on time. Several community leaders have also discussed possible shutdown.
Residents highlighted some of the challenges and dangers associated with drinking water in an exclusive interview.
There are a lot of children in our area who are getting sick due to the dirty and unhealthy water. After boiling filthy water, foam appears.”
Last year ActionSA claimed victory in the termination of the multimillion-rand Rooiwal contract.
Rooiwal’s multimillion-rand contract was terminated last year, negating ActionSA’s argument that the Rooiwal Wastewater Treatment Works contract was illegally awarded.
According to Bongani Baloyi, the party’s provincial leader, the City of Tshwane sacked a contractor appointed to upgrade the plant as part of phase 1 in October 2019.
A copy of the report was given to Mayor Randall Williams in August 2021 and to the Special Investigations Unit on July 22, 2022.