South Africa’s drinking water is ranked critical and unsafe.
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Presidency urged to intervene in Hammanskraal water crisis

Various villages in Hammanskraal, have been using brownish and slimy water for almost 2 decades which at some point was contaminated with human faeces.


South Africa’s drinking water is ranked critical and unsafe.
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Hammanskraal residents have called on the Presidency to intervene in the ongoing water crisis which has lasted for about two decades. 

The Rooiwal WasteWater treatment plant which supplies Hammanskraal in Pretoria North was contaminated with human faeces a while back. Residents have had to use and consume the contaminated water which poses serious health risks. 


This week, community leaders in Hammanskraal called on the Presidency to intervene. Residents said they get runny tummies whenever they drink the water. They also alleged that complaints about the crisis have fallen on deaf ears.

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) also probed the ongoing crisis in Hammanskraal. Its report found the City of Tshwane had not met its constitutional obligation to provide clean water to residents.

The Commission said lack of clean water was a violation of Human Rights as families say they can’t use the brownish and slimy water coming out of their taps.

In August 2021, ActionSA tabled a report which confirmed that the water poses serious health risks. 

The report found that the water can cause deadly diseases like cancer and has a severe impact on people’s nervous system, due to toxic iron and copper levels. 

The report was handed over to the City of Tshwane and the party gave the municipality 90 days to come up with a solution. City of Tshwane Executive Mayor, Randall Williams said they do not need 90 days as they were already acting on the matter. 

City of Tshwane mayoral spokesperson, Sipho Sturrman said they have investedR300 million for phase 1 of the rehabilitation of the wastewater treatment plant. The progress is reportedly at 58%

“We expect that phase 2 will cost about R2 billion and we are working on raising those funds,” Stuurman said. 

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