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WATER RATIONING IN MNQUMA HEIGHTENED

Thursday, 12 August 2016  

ADM Headquarters

Amathole District Municipality (ADM) has heightened water rationing in Mnquma Local Municipality (LM). This is due to increasing effects of drought in the area resulting to serious difficulties on supply of water in Butterworth and surrounding areas.  Mnquma LM is among three (3) municipal areas which were declared drought disaster areas in December 2015. Subsequently, a provincial drought disaster was then declared by the Premier of the Province Honourable Phumullo Masualle and gazette as such on the 22nd of April 2016.

 

While rainfall in March and again in July did bring welcome relief to some areas, the Xilinxa dam supplying Butterworth, Kotana, Ehlobo as well as many other rural villages between Butterworth and Centane, received very little inflow and the level has continued to drop to alarming levels.  The current level is at 13%.  This level includes what is referred to as “dead storage” in the dam, this is water below the outlet level and can therefore only be used by installing pumps into the dam.  According to an investigation it estimated that only 50 days of water supply is left of Xilinxa dam.

 

Alternative short and long term intervention measures are currently being explored including investigating the ground water potential in the area, the prospects however, appear to be small and it is highly unlikely that sufficient ground water yields will be found to make a significant difference.

 

The call for people to reduce consumption has yielded no results and our only other option appears to be to reduce the supply. In this regard ADM has reduced production from approximately 14 megalitres [ML] per day to 8 ML per day, as well as turning the water off for certain times of the day. Owing to the large network and the layout of the infrastructure, what has tended to happen is that some people get water all the time while other areas have ended up going without water completely. 

 

A professional service provider is on site investigating alternative ways of managing the water rationing process, but the reality is that some people will continue to experience more prolonged outages than others. In order to provide some relief, ADM will increase the flow every few days and water tankers have also been deployed to cart water to the most severely affected areas.

 

Consumers are urged to use water sparingly as the situation is getting worse by the hour.  ADM regrets any inconvenience caused by these undesired circumstances.

 

Issued by the Amathole District Municipality’s Communications & Customer Care Unit.

 

For more information please contact us on 043 701 4163 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

ADM EXECUTIVE MAYOR PAYS TRIBUTE TO THE TOURISM DEVELOPMENT AND PROMOTION STALWART, MAMA TOFU (96).

ADM HEADQUARTERS, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY, 15 JULY 2016

 

ADM Executive Mayor Cllr. Nomasikizi Konza has paid tribute to Eastern Cape’s tourism development stalwart Mama Tofu (96) who passed on recently.

 

“Mama Tofu as she was popularly known, has been involved in the tourism development and promotion since 1990’s. She was then working with Khayalabantu Cultural Village, where she was leading the local mama’s in Ngxingxolo Village based Mooiplaas. They used to go and exhibit the Xhosa Culture for both international and local visitors in Khayalabantu Cultural.  With the help of tourism stakeholder, she decided to establish her own Ngxingxolo Cultural Village with the intension of showing authentic cultural Xhosa way of life. This was a very good move from Mama Tofu’s side because it allowed her to share her vast knowledge in heritage, cultural beliefs and values with her Village, the District, the Province, the Country and the whole world. On behalf of all of us at ADM, I would like to extend our earnest condolences to the bereaved family, to her friends, the tourism industry in its entirety and all those affected by her passing”, Konza said.

 

 

MAMA TOFU’S SIGNIFICANCE IN THE TOURISM INDUSTRY

 

Cultural Villages are an integral part of the tourism development, and as such their existence form part of the main tourism attractions. For Amathole District Municipality, Ngxingxolo Cultural Village remains a force to be reckoned with in attracting international tourists thereby contributing the in the local economic development. Mama Tofu’s death comes not only as a shock in the Amathole District Tourism fraternity but throughout the Provincial Tourism outlook. Ngxingxolo Cultural Village remains a beacon of hope for surrounding communities that had a direct involvement in the day-to-day operations of the cultural village through showcasing of unique craft, cultural dance, story-telling etc. Mama Tofu remained at the forefront of community development and was a stern advocate of moral regeneration through teaching of principles and values.

 

PREVIOUS AWARDS

 

Through its annual Tourism Awards, Amathole District Municipality has awarded mama Tofu with numerous tourism excellence awards. Mama Tofu has been awarded with 2 ADM Mayoral Special Awards (Women in Tourism) and 6 Best Cultural Village awards respectively in 6 consecutive years. This was a clear indication of her steadfast commitment to tourism service excellence and in growing the tourism industry that is responsive to the local economic development objective of creating local employment amongst others.

 

HER CHARACTER

 

Mama Tofu remains one of the few matriarchs in her lifetime. She remained one of the active proponents of ubuntu and a giant to both of her community and the tourism industry. She would attribute her secret to her longevity to her particular choices in her cuisine (samp and beans) and despises any processed food. She would pride herself with her knowledge and unapologetic practice of her Xhosa culture, rite and rituals. She constantly taught the local youth and delighted her visitors with the importance of preserving Xhosa values and custom as a way of championing moral regeneration. Her unconditional humour and the love for people remained the core of her service to both her visitors and her peers. There is no doubt that her legacy will resonate with the need for her local people and the tourism industry at large. It is indeed a great loss for the Tourism Industry. 

 

“May her incredibly unique soul rest in peace and rise in glory. Hamba kakuhle Marhudulu, Skhomo, Tshangisa, sohlala sikukhumbula”, she concluded.

 

#Save water…..Save lives…..Use water responsibly

 

 

Issued by the Amathole District Municipality’s Communications and Customer Care Unit.

 

 

For more information please email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 043 701 4163. Also visit www.amathole.gov.za

MEDIA ALERT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE REVISED WATER SHEDDING SCHEDULE FOR MNQUMA INCLUDING BUTTERWORTH CBD

 MEDIA ALERT 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

REVISED WATER SHEDDING SCHEDULE FOR MNQUMA INCLUDING BUTTERWORTH CBD

 

                                                                 

​ADM Headquarters, Wednesday, 29 June 2016

​Amathole District Municipality [ADM], is experiencing very low water dam levels. It is for this reason that ADM wishes to bring to the Mnquma community's attention, including Butterworth CBD, a revised water shedding schedule that will be implemented with immediate effect on a DAILY basis.

 

The communities are urged to make contingency arrangements for household consumption during the scheduled shedding period.

WATER SHEDDING SCHEDULE WILL BE CARRIED OUT DAILY AS FOLLOWS: 

TURN OFF AT 22H00 - TURN ON AT 05H00 & 

​TURN OFF AT 10h00 - TURN ON AT 16H00

WATER RATIONING SCHEDULED FOR MBHASHE

MEDIA ALERT

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

WATER RATIONING SCHEDULED FOR MBHASHE

 

Monday, 20 June 2016

 

Headquarters

 

Amathole District Municipality (ADM) is currently experiencing low water dam levels in Mbhashe Local Municipality, thus affecting the Dutywa town. This is one other factor in addition to severe drought conditions that water rationing is being scheduled for implementation from Wednesday, 22 June 2016 to counter the critically low water levels in all the dams that supply the area.

 

Current Dam Levels Are As Follows:

Golf Course Dam is 15%

Lower Ngxakaxha Dam is 38%

Mputi Dam is 44%

***Qwaninga Dam is at 0% ( dry) with 26 villages in Willowvale currently being affected.

 

Meanwhile all other communities still with running water are urged to make contingency arrangements for household consumption during the scheduled rationing.

 

WATER RATIONING SCHEDULE IS AS FOLLOWS:

 

WEDNESDAY, 22 JUNE 2016, 20h00  to FRIDAY, 24 JUNE, 04h00

 

MONDAY, 27 JUNE 2016,  20H00 TO WEDNESDAY 04H00

 

The rationing is to continue on these specified days of the week until there is significant change in the water dam levels from rainfall.

 

Any inconvenience caused by this water shortage is deeply regretted.

 

Communities can directly report all emergencies including service delivery disruptions, using ADM's 24/7 call centre number 043 831 1084.

 

#Save water…….save lives, use water responsibly”

 

Issued by the Amathole District Municipality’s Communications and Customer Care Unit.

 

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