Cosatu lays blame for water crisis at City's door

Cosatu in the Western Cape plans to strike over what it says is the City of Cape Town's failure to address the water crisis.

The labour union has filed an application for legal protest action with the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac).

Cosatu's Tony Ehrenreich says the City has not done enough and there is no plan that speaks to an additional supply of water.

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We are not getting more water into our dam's, we are not making more water available by looking at desalination, recycling or any of the other options that may be open to us, instead what we are focusing on exclusively is the notion of demand side management.

Tony Ehrenreich, provincial secretary general

There has got to be a much more serious conversation and the reason why we are getting into it is because poor people don't have the option of going to the shop to buy water....

Tony Ehrenreich, provincial secretary general

Desalination, we have got to get into as a matter of urgency, we have the biggest aquifiers in the country under Cape Town. We now starting to drill into the aquifiers under Table Mountain but that's a little too late a little to soon so what we have got to do is to deal with the issues of demand side, but we can't do things beyond our control only....

Tony Ehrenreich, provincial secretary general

Councillor Xanthea Limbergh says the city has always been forthright about the crisis.

We understand and realise that it is a crisis and therefore the executive mayor declared a local disaster. The City also rejects the notion that low dam levels are due to mismanagement of the City's water resources, in fact low dam levels are rather due to some of the lowest rainfall figures in recorded history.....

Xanthea Limberg, Mayco member for informal settlements, water and waste services

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