Pothole users get water

Shack dwellers that used a flooded pothole to bathe their children now have clean water supply

By Thamsanqa Mbovane

5 March 2021

Photo of a boy standing in the road

Four-year-old Luchwayito stands on the spot where there used to be a pothole where he and other children of Christine Village were bathed. Photos: Thamsanqa Mbovane

Two-year-old Tamia used to be bathed in a pothole by Christine William and Mitchel Blaauw.

Land occupiers in Christine Village, beside the busy Kamesh Road, Kariega, used to bathe their children and wash dishes in a street pothole nearby.

See: Uitenhage residents want their pothole left alone.

The 35 residents in the seven-shack settlement have been there since February 2019.

Having no other nearby access to water, because a water valve had been shut by the municipality to discourage further land occupation, they used a flooded pothole.

The municipality has now fixed the pothole and opened the water valve.

Resident Ntombikayise Fourie said, “After opening the valve we connected pipes (polycop piping) on our own to have water in our shacks. We are happy, although the municipality did not create standpipes so that we can get water in a decent manner.”

Water is currently taken from polycop piping lying on the ground and they have no proper taps.