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UguBusinessLive reports that a strike by workers in KwaZulu-Natal’s Ugu district municipality ended on Monday, but water is still not available across much of popular tourist destinations on the South Coast.  

This has prompted the intervention of the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), which launched an investigation into the water crisis.  The South Coast has been experiencing water cuts in recent months, with the latest due to an illegal strike by municipal workers.  The strike lasted for more than three weeks after members of the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu), who were upset about a life cover insurance scheme, downed tools in October, resulting in wholesale water cuts.  The situation was compounded by the sabotage of water infrastructure, allegedly committed by striking workers, who also threatened contracted technicians.  Organisers of the Ugu Mass Lawsuit, a local pressure group, said that apart from the SAHRC probe they intended taking the Ugu municipality to court for an order compelling it to meet its obligations.

  • Read this report by Chris Makhaye and Nce Mkhize in full at BusinessLive
  • Read too, Hardship and heroes in Ugu water crisis, at IOL News

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