Municipal services – Water – Munisipale dienste – Mpumalanga

Bykans alle munisipaliteite is bankrot, sommige reeds onder administrasie, en tog spog die ANC en EFF, eintlik die hele parlement hoe goed hulle die land regeer (onder die vaandel van korrupsie, misdaad en moorde).  Die ANC spog gereeld hoeveel daar gedoen word vir die land en sy mense – ‘n enkelpad van vernietiging en die pad wat Zimbabwe geloop het, loop ons al vir dekades.   Munisipaliteite kry soms geen inkomste vir enige dienste, maar daar word verwag alles moet gratis geskenk word.   Natuurlik sluit dit ook al die duisende immigrante in wat daagliks oor ons grense stroom en alles verwag, want die ANC het beloftes gemaak wat hulle geweet het hul gaan nie nakom nie.


Suid-Afrika se kommunisties-klassieke-liberale “grondwet” maak voorsiening dat water ‘n reg is vir elkeen van die bewoners – dit gebeur nie

Na 25 jaar is die grondwet, die land en alles ‘n totale mislukking en het alles inmekaargetuimel.  Hoe trots moet hierdie regeerders voel dat hul prestasie zero is.     Maar is dit regtig die geval – wat is in 25 jaar gedoen as daar nie water of sanitasie dienste gelewer nie.    En asof dit nie genoeg is nie, is die grense wawyd oop en word alle immigrante uit die noorde, ooste en ander plekke verwelkom.

Hoeveel maak nie gebruik van onwettige kragpale en aansluitings, wat Eskom (eintlik ons) daagliks beroof, en uiteindelik betaal ons, die belastingbetaler ekstra daarvoor.   So ook dorpe en stede soos Soweto, wat krag skuld word eenvoudig afgeskryf en dan word tariewe eenvoudig verhoog om te vergoed vir die daling in inkomste – Eskom deel dit inderwaarheid gratis uit, aangesien hulle nie ernstig is om dit te kry nie.

Dis so maklik om ‘n dorp of stad onder administrasie te plaas weens skuld soos elektrisiteit, en dan word dit eenvoudig eenkant geplaas.  Swart bemagtiging sorg goed vir al hierdie mense wat so sorg dat al hierdie dienste onder administrasie geplaas word en weer eens, is dit deel van die ANC se plan om nog meer geld te steel.

Nobody can tell us, the citizens how many of the people living in municipal areas, since 1994,  that did not pay for any services are illegals and immigrants?  There are no control whatsoever on the borders and we, must finance 40-50 millions of immigrants on everything, free schooling, water, electricity, food, housing, they live mostly on state government land or municipal land, and expected every service for free.  Which country can afford millions of immigrants and to pay everything.



The “War on leaks” document, available in the Parliament Hansard of 28 November 2018 and is about to “stop leaks and ‘appoint’  15000 Learners are from the TVET colleges to do the “maintenance”.  It was estimated that municipalities lost close to R9 billion per year on water losses.    Furthermore, there are 40 unfunded projects with a total value of R1.3 billion.    More expenditures on promotional items, marketing and branding, had been budgeted at R3 million and laptops at R18 000 per student .. 

War on leaks expenditure – Parliament


In Govan Mbeki municipality, the water supply has been reduced by a further 20% to 40% and the municipality, which includes Bethal, Embalenhle, Leandra and Kinross, owes Rand Water more than R2m. Victor Khanye municipality, which includes areas such as Delmas, Botleng, Eloff and Sundra, owes Rand Water just over R1m.


2017 –  The 76 waste water-treatment plants do not comply with green drop standards as set out by the department of water and sanitation. Only 12 plants, which belonged to the department of public works, complied.


APRIL 2019

“Recommendations from the Department of Water and Sanitation have been made for dredging to be done in order for the cylinders to be removed safely. This, according to Lepelle Northern Water, means that there will be five hour water supply interruptions everyday for two to three weeks to areas of supply within Polokwane Municipality from today, 25 April 2019,” Selala said.

The Olifantspoort plant is currently not supplying water to Polokwane due to a shutdown by the community.    In a statement released, municipal spokesperson, Thipa Selala says the municipality is aware of the shutdown from Olifantspoort plant and that the information they received from Lepelle Northern Water (LNW) indicates the shutdown is due to a community protest.

The shutdown comes just days after an announcement by LNW that there will be five hour water supply interruptions everyday for two to three weeks to areas of supply within Polokwane Municipality so dredging can be done in Ebenezer Dam.

“Residents from Tswaing village, who stormed into the water scheme on Thursday night, 25 April, demanded that the facility be closed. It is reported that they locked the facility and left with the key,” the statement read.

Lepelle Northern Water says they have opened a case with police and the plant is currently running at 0% flow, meaning there is no water supply to areas within the Polokwane Municipality.

When asked how is was possible that the protestors were able to just walk away with the key and whether there was no security, Selala told Review it is not the municipality’s facility, but Lepelle Northern Water’s and that the protestors used force.

All areas of supply including the city and Seshego are affected and the municipality says they will provide regular updates regarding the situation at the plant.




An eight hour water shutdown is planned for Wednesday, 13 November. This is to allow Lepelle Northern water (LNW) to install high lift pump number 5 at the Olifantspooort Plant.

The Polokwane Municipality on Tuesday said LNW indicated that the shutdown will be from 07:00 to 15:00 and the stoppage will affect all areas of supply. They further added that pumping will resume once LNW has completed the installation, however warned the public that it will take some time before normal water supply reaches all areas. Lines will be empty for the duration of the installation and we urge residents in the areas that are not affected to use water sparingly.

3 January 2020

Limpopo – Polokwane
Water pump operators at Polokwane Municipality in Limpopo are unhappy with their working conditions. They say the scope of work is not compatible with their remuneration. They want a better wage.


SECTION27’s worst fears were realised upon learning of the death of Michael Komape after he drowned in a pit toilet at his school in Limpopo in January 2014. At the time of his death, Michael was five years old, and had just started Grade R, ready to begin the process of learning to read, write and count.   Michael’s mother was the first person to find his body in the pit toilet into which he had fallen. As she approached, she saw only his little hand sticking out from the excrement. He had been in the pit toilet for long enough that the skin on his feet had wrinkled.

On 11 November 2018, the City Press reported on the story of another five year old who
narrowly escaped drowning after falling into a pit toilet at a school in the Eastern Cape, but survived because she managed to hang on to an old desk frame that was stuck inside the toilet.



The family was seeking more than R2m for special and constitutional damages‚ funeral costs‚ and loss of income for Michael’s mother‚ Rosina Komape. She lost her job as a domestic worker soon after the accident.

Judge Gerrit Muller ruled in the Polokwane High Court on April 23 2018 that government violated pupils’ right to basic education by not providing them with safe and decent sanitation, but dismissed the damages claim.


How many South African schools have pit latrines?

From May to July 2018, Section 27 conducted a survey of 86 schools in Limpopo. It found that 41 – nearly half the schools – had unlawful pit latrines. 

A national government audit of schools in May and June 2018 found that at 3,898 schools the only toilets available were pit latrines. Another 3,040 had “proper sanitation”, but pit toilets were still on the premises.

Two known deaths since 2013

“There are no known publicly available records of the exact number of children that have drowned in pit latrines over a specified period,” Sibabalwe Gcilitshana, parliamentary officer and researcher with advocacy organisation Equal Education, told Africa Check.   In January 2014, five-year-old Michael Komape drowned in a pit toilet at Mahlodumela Primary School in Limpopo. Five-year-old Lumka Mkhethwa drowned in a pit latrine at Luna Primary School in the Eastern Cape province in March 2018.   Three more children have died or been injured in unsafe school toilets, Section 27’s records show.

Seven-year-old Lister Magongwa died in 2013 after the walls of a toilet collapsed on him at Mmushi Primary School in Limpopo.   Five-year-old Oratilwe Dilwane fell into a pit latrine in 2016 at Tlhotlheletsang Primary School in North West province. He swallowed excrement and was severely injured.   Six-year-old Siyamthanda Mtunu died in 2017 after the walls of a toilet collapsed on him at Dalasile Primary School in the Eastern Cape.



In their report, which was released on March 11, 2014, the South African Human Rights Commission found that nearly half of Mpumalanga’s four million-strong population has insufficient access to sanitation. Only 43.8% use flushing toilets while 1.4% of the population depends on chemical toilets, 12.1% depend on ventilated pit-latrines and 0.9% on bucket toilets.

A total of 6.3% have no access to toilets at all.

The SAHRC’s figures, including the fact that 12.6% of people living in Mpumalanga do not have access to piped water, were confirmed in the 2013 document titled “The Provincial Infrastructure Services Backlogs.”

The report notes that the affected hotspots are mainly poor and mostly black regions such as townships, homelands, and villages that were disadvantaged during apartheid.

“These areas were set up away from key resources and were neglected when it came to infrastructure and basic needs. These historical homelands suffer the same lack of delivery and corruption they did 20 years ago,” reads the SAHRC report.

According to the report, problems related to the provision of water and sanitation services also include a lack of budgets, poor revenue collection, a lack of technical, management and business skills, political interference, corruption and unclear municipal powers and functions.

“Another huge problem the Commission found is that water is seen as an economic commodity rather than a human right. Large-scale agriculture, mining and other industries use most of South Africa’s water at a relatively lower cost per kilolitre than poor households.

“Water should not be a luxury. We believe that government needs to adopt a human rights-based approach to water,” SAHRC spokesman Isaac Mangena said.

The SAHRC’s report includes the following recommendations:

  • The bucket system should be eradicated as soon as possible in all provinces. The relevant government departments should agree on plans with clear time lines for the eradication of buckets in all existing settlements.
  • The provision of water and sanitation to schools needs specific and urgent attention. The Department of Basic Education must ensure that its new norms and standards for schools infrastructure make the provision of clean drinking water and dignified sanitation, compulsory within specific time frames.
  • Guidelines for public participation must be developed and it should be made simpler for people to access information. An essential element of the integrated development plan is public participation, which we found was almost non-existent.
  • Local and district municipalities need to start making their annual reports more public, to aid transparency. The waters are still murky when it comes to the public being able to access information.

The report also called for the strengthening of South Africa’s indigent policy.

“This policy allows municipalities to target the delivery of essential services to people who are poor. Currently it makes provisions for, among others, a minimum of 6 kilolitres of water per household per month, a ventilated improved pit latrine or toilet connected to a septic tank or to water-borne sewerage.

“As it stands, a citizen applies for these provisions only if they register themselves. But many people do not register as they fear it will affect their social status. Others simply don’t know that such a policy exists,” said Modise.

Modise said strengthening the indigent policy is the competence of the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs and the Department of Social Development.

“They must ensure that the national indigent policy makes provision for the poor to access basic services. This policy should be revised so that services are provided to whole areas of poor populations , rather than individual households,” said Green Scorpions spokesman Albi Modise.



To secure against a dry future, South Africa has traditionally built big infrastructure projects. A network of large dams gives the highveld a buffer in times of drought, allowing homes, industries and farms to keep going over two to three years of drought. Smaller systems do that job in the coastal provinces. But limited investment in projects and corruption have meant that the next phase of many of these schemes — such as raising the Tzaneen dam wall in Limpopo and building a new dam in Lesotho to supply water to Gauteng, Free State and Mpumalanga — are behind schedule.

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