Residents of Cradock have been experiencing various water related problems for the past year including outages, leaks, poor quality, dirty drinking water and continuous raw sewage spills into the Great Fish River, venue of the famous annual Fish River Canoe Marathon. Dirty, unhealthy water continues to threaten this community and events such as the past weekend’s annual Cradock Writer’s Festival.
I have made an appointment with the MEC of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Fikile Xasa, regarding the lack of a remedial action plan from officials of the Chris Hani District Municipality (CHDM), the lack of managerial skills and whether there is a budget to provide this critical service to the people of Inxuba Yethemba.
The DA has visited the area and has documented and photographed water leaks and sewage spills. We have informed the media and social media, we have run various outreach campaigns and initiated a petition with 600 signatures that was submitted to the Bhisho Legislature and the National Parliament for attention.
Unless the ANC acts quickly and decisively, the people of Inxuba Yethemba could soon face the prospect of planned water cuts. Poor maintenance and ageing water infrastructure will lead to water-shedding which could make load-shedding look comparatively tame.
Having access to clean water is a basic human right and the DA believes that a fair society which is free from dirty water will be a reality under a DA government.