The area allegedly has been without water for years, and recent power outages from the KwaGuqa Substation have had an impact.
This is where the community now relies on to receive proper drinking water.
Residents in KwaGuqa Extensions believe they have been denied the fundamental human right to safe drinking water.
It’s heartbreaking to see elders forced to take to the streets as a result of poor service delivery in the KwaGuqa Extensions, which has turned out to be a frustrating experience.
The ongoing struggle for water and electricity in the KwaGuqa Extensions appears to be the most serious issue in the area, as the current situation affects everyone.
The first and most disastrous impact was on matriculating students, who were supposed to sit for the second paper on mathematics on Monday, November 7, but were unable to do so due to the service delivery strike. “We have children in Grade 12 who are unable to study,” a concerned parent from KwaGuqa, Sibongile Mahlangu explained.
Siyabonga Mapua (19), a student at Witbank High, described how difficult it is to study during the dark days. “As a resident of KwaGuqa Extensions, studying is a major issue during these times; we have been without power for weeks. I am forced to study during the day,” Siyabonga lamented.
Members of the community want the municipality to recognize the difficulties they are experiencing.
“We have pensioners who are suffering from chronic illnesses. Their medication should be kept in a refrigerator, but they do not have power. People are dying, and no one is helping us,” Sibongile added.
Ms Grammar Lukhele, Chairperson of the Emalahleni Civic Organization (ECO), stated, “The biggest issue we are currently facing is water. We have been without water in our area for years, and the municipality recently informed us that we will be without electricity for 16 weeks.”
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