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Full water restoration in progress

Rand Water says it’s making progress towards meeting its two week target of restoring water.

FILE: Residents in some parts of the province have had interrupted water supply. Picture: Free Images.

JOHANNESBURG - Rand Water says it's making progress towards meeting its two week target of restoring water to Gauteng households affected by shortages.

Residents in some parts of the province have had interrupted water supply because of a systems failure at the Palmiet Pumping Station.

Spokesperson Justice Mohale says restoration of supply dependent on various external factors.

"The two weeks are dependent on whether our processes are unexpectedly interrupted. I'm talking about a power failure, possibly as a result of cable theft."

SA'S DENTED INVESTMENT POTENTIAL

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

Maimane was speaking in the East Rand 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?"

FRUSTRATION AMONG RESIDENTS GROWS

After nearly two weeks without water some Gauteng residents say they feel they've been left to suffer.

One woman says, "I just want to ask the mayor of Ekurhuleni, how has he been showering?"

While one man says, "Without a clear message, how do you plan your life?"

However, Rand Water has assured those without water supply that they have not been forgotten.

Residents say they have endured nearly two weeks of false promises and are demanding clarity on what to expect over the next few days.