#WaterCrisis: ILembe District Municipality mayor calls for calm after Stanger Manor service delivery protest
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DURBAN - The iLembe District Municipality mayor Siduduzo Gumede has called for calm following power supply problems that led to water shortages which angered the community.
The water shortages in iLembe and KwaDukuza have been ongoing for a week. Stanger Manor, Warrenton, High Ridge, Oceanview, Shakaville and Mbozamo are among the affected areas.
The municipality said water challenges started last month. There were power outages in the Umvoti balancing pump station which affected the pumping station and were worsened by load shedding.
Gumede said a series of power trips continued from Sunday until Monday morning.
“This was due to a cable fault at the Umvoti balancing pump station. ILembe, KwaDukuza and a contractor met and remedied the electrical problem,” said Gumede.
The municipality said it was in the process of commissioning generators to assist with pumping water during loadshedding.
Last Saturday, after days without water, Gumede said some residents closed of the R74 in Stanger Manor in protest over service delivery.
“We apologise profusely for the inconvenience this has caused to our residents and ratepayers. That said, we are urging all to remain calm as both iLembe and KwaDukuza are dealing with power issues,” said Gumede.
Kwadukuza ActionSA representative and community leader, Nel Sewraj, said during the demonstrations, residents had blockaded the Stanger Manor intersection on the R74 highway.
He said some areas had been left without water for at least six days while other areas had been restored.
“This is unacceptable. What's more, Ilembe District Municipality did a pathetic job in sending out water tankers to residents. Some areas received no water at all throughout this ordeal. What compounded this problem was that Ilembe technical supervisors were forever unavailable for comment,” said Sewraj.