rand water vs city of tshwane

City of Tshwane and Rand Water refuse to shoulder blame. Image: @CityTshwane/@Rand_Water

Rand Water and City of Tshwane blame game

City of Tshwane and Rand Water fail to come eye to eye regarding challenges in the capital despite intervention from Minister Senzo Mchunu

rand water vs city of tshwane

City of Tshwane and Rand Water refuse to shoulder blame. Image: @CityTshwane/@Rand_Water

Parts of nations capital Pretoria have been face with water outages for over a week and neither the City of Tshwane nor bulk water supplier Rand Water want to take the blame.

The two parties have both issued statements squarely putting the blame on the other.


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On Saturday, City of Tshwane’s MMC for Utility Services Themba Fosi said the water challenges experienced in Pretoria East is ‘primarily due to Rand Water’s to supply water to the City consistently’.

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However, in a series of tweets, Rand Water hit back and claimed that despite numerous warning, Tshwane’s excessive water consumption was to blame.

“The lack of communication and transparency from Rand Water, regarding these issues has only exacerbated the situation and left our residents in Pretoria East and across the City in a state of uncertainty and frustration”, says Fosi.

“Rand Water cannot blame the City for exceeding water consumption, when the primary lies within their own technical problems”, Fosi added.


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In a letter dated 26 July, Rand Water water the City of Tshwane the should their excessive water consumption not be address, Rand Water will be reducing the water flow.

“The high consumption calls for an intervention. If the situation is not curbed, there will be challenges during high season. City of Tshwane is therefore requested to identify meters that Rand Water can start to affect control flows as soon as possible”, states Simon Xaba, Rand Water Operation General Manager.


As of Monday morning, four resevoirs within the City are almost dry and under 10%, with Soshanguve DD East Res at 29% and Mooikloof Res at 32%.

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  • Klapperkop North Res 2%
  • Klapperkop South Res 3%
  • Mabopane Res 3%
  • Soshanguve Tower 9%