Water is not all we’re lacking
Amy Trollip (16 years old) via email Poloko
Tau’s article (“Desperate for a drop”, City Press, January 17 2016) is a prime example of why we South Africans are fed up with government’s inability to provide for its people. Not only is the dire situation of the drought gripping South Africa the result of no forward planning and maintenance, but government’s lack of response is causing outside organisations such as Operation Hydrate to take over the role of caring for our people.
In South Africa, water has always been a precious resource, so you would think the proper procedures would be implemented to ensure the suitable conservation of water and that protocols would be there in such a case of emergency.
Then there is the problem that, when it does rain, 50% of the water is lost due to inferior maintenance of drains and pipes.
Instead of improving facilities and learning from this disaster, government is sitting back, waiting for the worst to be over, so the country can carry on as usual.
It should be our leaders’ highest priority to ensure we have access to the basic and enshrined constitutional right to sufficient clean water.