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Maimane: Water problems denting SA's investment credibility

Maimane was speaking in the East Rand today where he held meetings with affected Gauteng residents.

FILE: DA Parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane was speaking in the East Rand today where he held meetings with residents affected by Gauteng’s water crisis. Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Democratic Alliance (DA) Parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane says unsteady supplies of water and electricity will affect investor confidence in South Africa if not addressed urgently.

Maimane was speaking in the East Rand today where he held meetings with residents affected by Gauteng's water crisis.

He says the biggest economic crisis for a country like South Africa would be to lose the ability to provide reliable water and electrical services.

"No sane person can wake up overseas and say 'I'm going to invest in South Africa'. Invest in what? There is no water, no electricity, how can you do that?"

Maimane told Ekurhuleni residents that South Africa is sitting on what could be the beginning of a serious water and electricity crisis.

Community members in Germiston are demanding answers from their local government after more than a week with no water.

Maimane says state entities like Eskom and Rand Water need to stop passing the buck and come up with long term solutions to the crisis.

Government officials on Friday said a plan is in place to restore water supply to areas affected by interruptions.

The Water and Sanitation Ministry says it will now collaborate with the departments of health, housing and social development to help work through the problems associated with the crisis.

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