Wa­ter is not all we’re lack­ing

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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.

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