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Water suspension looming in Sunday’s River Valley over R1-million municipal debt

Water suspension looming in Sunday’s River Valley over R1-million municipal debt

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Eastern Cape has called-on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC, Fikile Xasa, to intervene after the Lower Sundays River Water User Association threatened to suspend water supply, due to municipal debt.

Speaking in a statement, DA MPL Vicky Knoetze said the embattled Sunday’s River Valley Local Municipality has not paid the association, which controls the flow of water from the Gariep, Darlington and Scheepersvlakte Dams as well as the Korhaans Weir for four months, which has resulted in outstanding fees of R1 005 549.

Knoetze said attempts to get in touch with the municipality had been in vain, adding that the association had provided notice of restricting water flow from December first if no written response is received by this coming Friday (13 November).

“The citrus industry in the Sundays River Valley is the second largest contributor to the economy of the Eastern Cape,” she said.

“Restricting or suspending water supply will not only infringe the constitutional right of everyone to have access to sufficient water, it will have a disastrous impact on the jobs of people in Addo, Kirkwood and Paterson”.

She also stated that the association was well within its rights to restrict the flow, and that the matter should be addressed before the cut-off date.

“In a fair society, service to the people is at the heart of good governance.  Victimising the people of the Sunday’s River Valley for the failure of the municipality, is not the best way forward,” Knoetze said.


IMAGE sourced from www.sundaysriverwater.co.za