Taps are dry but compassion flows in Mpumalanga towns

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Taps are dry but compassion flows in Mpumalanga towns

While Rand Water punishes the municipality over an unpaid R106m, residents bear the consequences

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The 2km walk to fetch water from a tank in the centre of Sundra is the easy part of 81-year-old Amon Maseko’s journey. It is the journey back to his home on a farm just outside town that is back-breaking.

He needs to load four 20-litre containers onto a wheelbarrow and push it all the way back, over railway lines, in a roundabout journey that takes him about two hours.

Maseko’s desperate  need for water is echoed by the residents of  the Victor Khanye local municipality in Mpumalanga, where non-payment of their water bill to Rand Water has led to a drastic reduction in supply. Those living in high-lying areas bear the brunt...

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