Water crisis state's worst blunder: union

2010-12-29 12:55

Johannesburg - The government's handling of the national water crisis was its most serious blunder in 2010, trade union Solidarity said on Wednesday.

"In a country afflicted by a scarcity of water, a fast-growing population and ageing infrastructure, our water predicament has now become a ticking timebomb," union spokesperson Ilze Nieuwoudt said, listing the government's top 10 blunders of 2010.

"Damage control of the harm already inflicted on the country's scarce water resources will demand the most dedicated action in 2011."

According to the government's Green Drop report for 2009, only 32 of the 449 plants tested managed Green Drop status. (Only 449 of the country's 852 plants were tested.)

"This means that millions of litres of insufficiently purified water daily find its way into our rivers," Nieuwoudt said.

"Extensive and permanent damage has already been done and the prevention of further damage will require an all-out effort."

Nieuwoudt said the government had "blundered" in various other aspects, "causing permanent harm in many instances".

"The water crisis, misappropriation of funds, efforts to gag the media and the ongoing fiascos at semi-government institutions caused extreme alarm in 2010," she said.

"The government's handling of youth matters, road maintenance, South Africa's military readiness, crime, the widespread housing scandal and labour problems were also very prominent in 2010."

The government's top 10 blunders according to Solidarity are: the water crisis; hosting of the R69m World Youth Festival by the National Youth Development Agency; misappropriation of state funds; potholes on the roads; calls for a media tribunal.

Others are: low morale in the defence force; poor service delivery from parastatals; the failure to create sufficient jobs; a housing scandal involving 2 000 government officials and the failure to crush South Africa's "internationally feared" criminals.

  • Volv - 2010-12-29 13:15

    The government is one big blunder!!!

  • bud - 2010-12-29 13:20

    Welcome to the dark continent.Would you expect anything different from a bunch of gravy train riding, useless uneducated fools.

  • Thandi@ - 2010-12-29 13:22

    Viva Anarchy Nepotism Corruption

  • Juan - 2010-12-29 13:43

    Unfortunately thoe who vote for this pathetic government have no clue how serious this problem is... until they start dropping like flies from cholera, etc. And then government will somehow end up blaming 'apartheid' for the dirty water.

  • pothole - 2010-12-29 13:43

    If te people of SA vote the ANC again into power then they deserve all of this. VOTE THEM TO HELL

  • David Harris - 2010-12-29 13:47

    When you get rid of the good people and practise apartheid in reverse what can we expect Employ people on their knowledge, merit and not colour

  • Maans - 2010-12-29 13:48

    The last crocodile died in the Loskopdam the other think; crocodiles survived the dinosaurs but not the ANC!

  • Sedick - 2010-12-29 13:52

    Instead of SA leading the rest of Africa to a better life, we are sinking to their, all we need is a civil war, and we will be exactly like Africa, viva African Union........then we can all have the same African life.........

  • mike - 2010-12-29 13:52

    I'm surprised that the biggest scam of the century (so far) wasn't mentioned: the 2010 soccer world cup.

  • Nic - 2010-12-29 13:55

    Blame "appartheid". Majority was not educated by previous goverment. Therefore they are not equiped to manage and make wise decisions. The scary thing is that they do not see their own limitations and seek help.

  • Rigil - 2010-12-29 14:01

    Time to vote with the head and not the heart. Time to get rid of these self serving pigs !

  • SKEQI - 2010-12-29 14:05

    you can blame the government of the ANC but its challenges cannot be solved even by your DA in a century,so do something and stop nagging

  • ono - 2010-12-29 14:06

    Unfortunately Solidarity is spot on but because of it's mainly Afrikaans history will be the massive detriment of SA. Get out if you can. There are NO positive signs pointing to a brighter future.

  • change - 2010-12-29 14:27

    I hope the coalition party gets its act together so we can stir people thoughts, that there is a choice that serves the country. We have the most beautiful country that really is the 'land of possibility'. Problem is, you can advertise all you like, the only ones that will invest here are those that want our resources, what happens when its all gone, Goodbye BRIC.

  • Frank Lee - 2010-12-29 14:27

    The current occupiers of government positions are draining the coffers at an alarming rate. It's VERY noticeable that there's no money to repair/maintain road and railroad infrastructure.Not to say anything about electricity. Now, it's clear that money allocated to provide safe water is also being stolen and banked somewhere else. Though one might one to argue that there's not enough skills, it's more the case that the skills are not employed because the money[billions of rands] is leaving the coffers whilst we rant and rave.

  • Zion Pay - 2010-12-29 14:30

    Ono, Our government the ANC, will not listern to anyone including Solidarity. But on the other hand can you suggest who will take on the ANC. Just don't mention Helen and her party because they make a few noises then relapse into a come again.

  • Billy - 2010-12-29 14:31

    is it not the worker that did not do there job properly= Unions ????

  • Wez - 2010-12-29 14:37

    @SKEQI - On what facts do you base that statement?

  • Monika - 2010-12-29 14:39

    @ Rigil. We have pot belly pigs as pets and they are so opposite to the self serving gravy train occupants it's scary. They are clean, clever, loyal and loving - nothing like our government!!!!!!

  • vern - 2010-12-29 14:44

    Our ANC politicians are somewhat like the Aliens from Independance Day..they raid the planets of all its valuables,until there is nothing left then leave to find another planet..Our politicians enrich themselves while in government and big business then they buy houses all over the world or they retire with golden handshakes and live haplily ever after.Welcome to Africa.

  • Marius - 2010-12-29 15:07

    @Nic, No, they were not educated because they were too busy burning down the schools and other facilities they were given.

  • Harry M - 2010-12-29 15:30

    As the saying goes everyone for himself and to hell with the rest. Money, Money.. Greed and Fear, what else can we expect of human nature. Government, what Government who are they where are they ?

  • Roelfie - 2010-12-29 16:40

    All these misdemeanors, bad government and lack of forward planning is about to catch up with us. And the stooges running the country is not capable of rectifying any of them.

  • vincent - 2010-12-29 16:41

    the worst is still to come & may god help us when it does!!!

  • Wendy - 2010-12-29 17:16

    Don't forget electricity, if that fails then the remaining sewerage pumps will cease to operate. A modern economy cannot run without reliable supply,(remember January 2008) growth has already been effected, the mines and large industry cannot get additional power needed for expansion. As a start electricity and water distribution needs to be privatised and placed outside the ambit of political parties. Eskom needs competition. Centralisation and state monopolies have given the politicians the means to destroy our economy and infrastructure, to loot the wealth of the country and turn us into a failed state. We are facing a state in the throws of systemic collapse and a country ruled by lawlessness where just about anything can be bought if you know where to go. THAT is the reality.

  • SKEQI - 2010-12-29 18:08

    @WEZ,I have a priviledge of growing up in an place where apartheid have wrecked havoc in the minds of the oppressed one,where there is no infrastructure,schools are crumbling daily,our fathers are not at home,a young man(today criminals)does not have a role model,a single mother is feeding the family of 12 out of R600 per month she is earning at the white mans kitchen.under the above circumstances the ANC have done a lot in a very short time.Those who are Racist won't be able to see that Difference because 20 years ago 87% of the resources were reserved for them,now everybody must have a slice in the pie,they are mourning everyday. Shame on you!!!!!

  • stefan vivier - 2010-12-29 19:13

    ANC wake up and smell the roses

  • hmm - 2010-12-29 19:47

    South Africa is not a developing country, since 1994 the HDI measures have remained stagnent. This is the harsh reality.

  • JC - 2010-12-29 20:25

    The only way to hold this government to account is to join the tax payers union. It's a union for taxpayers - should the government not deliver on their mandate we can threaten to withhold our tax, pay it into a trust account and only hand over once they actually start providing the service they're being paid to do. The voters certainly are never going to hold the ANC to account, the only group in this country that can would be the 2million tax payers. Time to make your voice count, join this group - and start doing something

  • @Skeqi - 2010-12-29 21:55

    Listen mate the DA has outperformed every other province in every measurable available. Now how do you explain your comment. Let be honest Skeqi it is because Solidarity made the statement and not Cosato that you are so upset. Please mate this ANC has divided this country into race and that is why they keep fooling people like you as they drive hatred and mislead the people form there poor performance. I even think you believe the DA is white when the majority of their voter base is non white. Wake man and start loving your country nit you party. If a party does not perform they must go. That is democracy

  • Maans - 2010-12-30 08:38

    @Skeqi, eish baba! So after 16 years of new SA you still don't have schools and infrastructure and daddy still not home? ANC he delivers on promise hey?

  • Tarras Bulba @ Skeqi - 2010-12-30 10:04

    87%? Do you pull those stats deep from within your ass .. or are you just picking your nose?

  • Saki - 2010-12-30 10:10

    SKEQI, why is that black peole are always blaming something else. If it weren't for apartheid there would be no infrastructure. If it were not for white people there would be no tax money for the goverment. Black people should stop complaining and start taking some responsibility for themslves, like all other races in the world are doing. You should ask yourselve why that granny is looking after 12 children and why is there no black role models. What has that got to do with apartheid and distribution of wealth. Crumbling infrastructure? That's the resposibility of your ANC goverment. To keep on blaming the whites for the problems of this country is the stupidest thing ever. If you look at the rest of Africa, which is a complete mess, what is the one resource that they don't have? White peolpe. We all need each other to make this country work. The ANC goverment has let the majority of this country down, not white people.

  • JennyN - 2010-12-30 11:03

    The ANC has failed so dismally, it makes one despair. They depend heavily on the ignorant majority, and with the current level of poverty and the hopeless education system, they have a good base on which to lean. These poor, uneducated people do not know how bad things really are, they don't realise how they're being used, they don't know about the billions that are being stolen every day. The sad, worn out old argument about the "apartheid regime" has long since lost its impact. 16 years down the line and this country is heading into the African Country Mould at breakneck speed. The failures that are mentioned in this article are serious and longstanding, but nothing is being done. There's money for a stupid young shindig, but keeping the water supply clean does not feature. What a bunch of criminals to betray their people so badly. We have to get rid of them because its going to be virtually impossible to fix their mess as it is. It just gets worse by the day.

  • tiro - 2010-12-30 11:15

    i would to thank everyone who contributes to comments column.i believe as south African we want the best from this country and for that reason lets stop applying anger in addressing our socio-economic issues.get involve in the strungle for better life stop shouting around the corner bad mouthing your GOvnmt/should i say ur country dont be like this no lternative parties that r not coming up with changes but personal jelousy issues.

  • Intelligent Investor - 2010-12-30 12:08

    There are so many blunders, difficult to choose the worst one. For Instance - Education, Unemployment, Growth, COSATU, Transport, Municipalities, Corruption, Crime, Roads, Healthcare, Institutions failed Audits, Corruption, Nationalisation Discussions the list is endless as the fat lazy politicians eat, drink and be Merry !

  • Mark - 2010-12-30 12:49

    Read "Why Africa is poor" by Dr Greg Mills and you will understand that there is still a whole lot of problems comming our way.

  • Kenneth - 2010-12-30 12:51

    Who cares what the solidarity says? All they want to say is that they have enough justification to organise a military take over government! In that way they can have apartheid again and possibly this time kill all blacks so that no resistance ever emerge.

  • Donovan - 2011-01-03 10:46

    Our great GOV

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