Res­i­dent writes:

The Rep - - IN OUR POST BAG -

We are get­ting tired of what is go­ing on in Ko­mani.

My wife Liziwe and I have in­vested our pen­sion money in our busi­ness and prop­erty here as we de­cided to stay in Ko­mani.

Liziwe was born here, her par­ents and grand­par­ents are buried here.

But our house is not com­fort­able any longer as there is no wa­ter.

Last week, there was only a trickle so some­times our wash­ing ma­chine and dish­washer do not work.

We are scared to use the toi­lets be­cause how will we wash our hands? To have a bath is dif­fi­cult.

Coun­cil tells us there is no wa­ter, but in town peo­ple are mer­rily wash­ing their cars. In the street where my of­fice is, there are three on­go­ing car­washes.

Our fam­ily do the ba­sics but other peo­ple can have clean cars.

Peo­ple have in­stalled wa­ter tanks. They do not save wa­ter as the tank fills up when there is a lit­tle.

The tanks have a two-fold ef­fect: They do not save and when the coun­cil opens the wa­ter for cer­tain ar­eas, the tanks fill, re­sult­ing in low pres­sure for ev­ery­one else.

I know ours is not the only area. Places like Ez­i­be­leni and Mlungisi also seem to be per­ma­nently out of wa­ter.

This also strains the sew­er­age sys­tem, caus­ing block­ages in some parts.

We like Ko­mani, but it is be­com­ing more and more un­pleas­ant and un­com­fort­able to stay here.

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