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Makhura to tackle Gauteng water crisis

The premier has asked for an urgent report to determine the “real cause” of the water cuts.

FILE: Large parts of Johannesburg and Tshwane have been without water for almost 10 days. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Premier David Makhura on Thursday said he will be meeting with mayors from municipalities across the province.

During Friday's meeting, he will discuss the state of infrastructure, service delivery and the unfolding water crisis.

The premier says he's deeply concerned about the ongoing water cuts and has tasked his officials with finding out what the real cause of the crisis is.

Makhura says along with the discussion on infrastructure investment, an urgent report on the water situation will be tabled.

"I have asked for an urgent report on the water situation in the province, including what the real problem is."

He says he hopes to have all the details and intends to arrange a meeting with the minister of water and sanitation.

There have been contradicting reports on when the supply will be fully restored.

Tankers have been dispatched to areas where taps are still dry.

Frustrated and desperate Gauteng residents have meanwhile lashed out at Rand Water for the lack of information.

Some locals even described the situation as "absolutely ridiculous".

Large parts of Johannesburg and Tshwane have been without water for almost 10 days, despite assurances that reservoirs are filling up.

Cable theft and power failures are believed to have contributed to a number of pump stations shutting down.

Rand Water's Justice Mohale says residents are using up supply as soon as it becomes available.

Residents have been urged not to water their gardens as supply remains very tight.