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UguBusinessLive reports that Ugu district municipality has opened seven cases of sabotage after striking workers tampered with the water system, resulting in tourism ventures, local businesses and residents going for days without water.  

Areas affected include the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) coastal tourist havens of Port Shepstone, Ramsgate, Uvongo Beach, Hibberdene, Margate and Port Edward.  The current strike is supported by the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu), whose members are unhappy with deductions to their salaries for not coming to work during an illegal work stoppage late in 2017.  Samwu is also demanding that suspended shop stewards be brought back to work.  On Tuesday, the Ugu municipality manager claimed the sabotage to its water installation and infrastructure was linked to the wildcat strike.  Ugu spokesperson France Zama said discussions were ongoing to end the strike and that a solution would found "as soon as possible".  George Henderson, the Democratic Alliance (DA) leader in Ugu, said:  "Hundreds of homes and businesses have been affected…  Business cannot survive like this without water.”

  • Read this report by Chris Makhaye and Nce Mkhize in full at BusinessLive
  • Read too, Thirsty KZN South Coasters appeal for water as region is declared a ‘disaster’, at The Citizen

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