The City of Cape Town needs to urgently relocate residents who have been affected by a pipe burst in the Strand area. A new site has been prepared for the affected residents in Asanda Village and emergency building kits have been offered, but residents have refused to relocate or to accept any assistance. Protest action has ensued. The City urges all parties and the leadership in the area to act in the best interests of those who have been affected. Read more below:
Scheduled emergency maintenance on the pipeline supplying the Strand area took place on 4 May 2016. However, the pipe burst twice at different locations after separate attempts were made to restore water to the line. The City received notice at 01:00 on Friday 6 May 2016 about the particular burst in Nomzamo. It must be noted that the replacement pipes had not been used previously.
The pressurisation of the pipes when restoring them to the network can expose weaknesses that had been otherwise undetectable. Since the initial bursts, the repair teams have been conducting investigations to restore the water supply.Supply to Nomzamo and the Helderberg Industrial Area was partially restored to a low-pressure level on Sunday 8 May 2016.
Efforts to do the same for Asanda Village and the Asla Business Park are being hindered by the protest action. In the meantime, roving water tankers are providing potable water to residents.
Our Disaster Management Centre staff immediately helped to coordinate humanitarian assistance to the affected residents, which included 100 hot meals, 50 blankets and 15 baby packs, but the non-governmental organisation which was to deliver this service was chased away by the community.
Narrow political agendas and other community dynamics are hindering service provision in this area. All relevant City directorates are standing by to deliver the various required services. We await the cooperation of the community.
The City has been in negotiations with all stakeholders and will continue until the matter is resolved.