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Central SA residents without water amidst extreme #HeatWave

───   LUCKY NKUYANE 13:55 Thu, 15 Nov 2018

Central SA residents without water amidst extreme #HeatWave | News Article
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Residents in Riebeeckstad, nearby Welkom, has been without water since Sunday in the midst of a heatwave sweeping through the province.


Temperatures close to 40°C have been recorded this week. Some of the residents in that area told OFM News they had to do without water since the weekend and when they tried to contact the Matjhabeng Municipality, no-one answered. This follows after municipal officials took to the streets on Wednesday to shut down the municipal headquarters in Welkom. When a resident contacted emergency services, she was informed that it is unsure when the water supply will be restored as municipal workers are on strike.

Residents In Wolmaransstad, North West, also experienced water cuts and a frustrated resident said political parties are not even willing to help resolve the crisis.

The South African Weather Service has predicted the heat wave will last until Friday, at least.

After the announcement by SA Weather Services, scores of people took to social media to express their discomfort in the extreme heat and to share tips on how to stay hydrated.

Twitter user, Khanyi Mahlangu, tweeted: Today is extremely hot, stay hydrated.

Another user, Victor Kgomoeswana, tweeted: #HeatWave Spare a thought for the farm workers and others who don't have the luxury of being in the shade or in air-conditioned spaces.

The Emergency Medical Services also warned residents to take precautions.


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