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Dammed to hell: poor PE gets rid of Lungisa, only to get Bobani ...


Dammed to hell: poor PE gets rid of Lungisa, only to get Bobani back

Not only does it have a drought, but a man in charge of water who is so inept even the ANC wanted him gone


In Nelson Mandela Bay, it never rains but it pours. As the metro’s dams drop below the red line and taps start belching muck, the Eastern Cape hub is about to show us what happens when an SA city is hit by two simultaneous Day Zeroes.

The first is the sort that Cape Town made famous. While 2019 brought good rains to the Western Cape, the Eastern Cape suffered one of its driest years in recent memory, and this week Nelson Mandela Bay announced that its own Day Zero had arrived.

The second has been no less destructive and just as long in the making, but, tragically, seems much more avoidable. Because the second Day Zero that has arrived to blight Nelson Mandela Bay is the apparently final collapse of leadership; that moment when the quality and capacity of the people in government drop so low that any senior appointment seems to involve scraping the bottom of a splintered and rotting barrel...

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