‘We are scared’: water woes make town’s people realise the power of voting
Tshwane shut down Bronkhorstspruit pump station after heavy rains, the latest in a long series of supply troubles
It is perfectly normal for Bronkhorstspruit resident Mandisa Hendricks and her friends to wash their laundry in the street, in water gushing from an outflow valve of a nearby wastewater treatment plant.
A stoppage of the local pump station last week is the latest in a series of water problems that have been plaguing the town for years.
“We are scared,” the 20-year-old told Sunday Times Daily during a visit to Zithobeni township. “The water from the tap is not clean. Sometimes, if it’s in the bucket, it has yellow things below and it smells after two days.”..