The South African national government and the municipality of Cape Town on Friday launched a joint campaign to raise public awareness about theft and vandalism of water and sanitation infrastructure, which costs the city millions of South African rands every year.
Cape Town has spent over 36 million rands (about 2.3 million U.S. dollars) in the current financial year to upgrade and repair 27 vandalized pump stations, official figures showed.
Recent months have seen several incidents of vandalism of water and sanitation infrastructure, including the burning of a pump station.”
The situation has been further aggravated by attacks on the city’s water and sanitation staff while on duty.
The campaign also aims to highlight the valuable role of all stakeholders, including the government and public, in helping protect this infrastructure and staff who deliver this essential service.
The first phase of the campaign will roll out over the next few weeks to communicate with residents by various platforms, including radio, social media and leaflets, about the impact of theft and vandalism and how residents can help tackle the issue.
The theft and vandalism of the city’s water and sanitation infrastructure is a “pain” for residents and is costing the city millions of rands, the city’s Mayoral Committee Member Zahid Badroodien said during the launch.
Malusi Rayi, communications manager of National Department of Water and Sanitation, said the ministry “strongly” condemns the incidents of vandalism as they are a major setback on progress made to deliver much needed services. Enditem