eThekwini stop refilling your pools

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Parts of KZN have been declared disaster zones with the drought hitting communities hard. 150,000 people are surviving on disaster aid, and 40,000 head of cattle have died. But this is only the beginning of the water crisis [1]. But the City of eThekwini has it within their power to help drought stricken communities. The municipality has access to a large reserve of water it controls: It’s swimming pools.

Not only did the City of eThekwini finance and now manage uShaka Marine world, it also manages the swimming pools of the so called ‘Golden Mile’ [2] [3].

Join the campaign to demand the City of eThekwini immediately suspends refilling the pools and water slides it controls at uShaka Wet n Wild and elsewhere, and instead help channel water to communities hardest hit by the water crisis.

The drought that has hit Mzansi is said to be the worst in 23 years and provinces across the country are already tightening their pipes [1]. Many members have never had access to clean drinking water, yet the around 500 golf courses we have in South Africa use enough water that could supply between 3 and 7 million houses per year [4]. We believe it is not justice when ordinary people like you and I are forced to bear more responsibility than those who use water the most. Let us demand the eThekwini Municipality urgently introduce by-laws that can force businesses and those who use water recreationally to use water with greater responsibility.

The burden of saving water should not be placed on those who struggle to access water and consume the least amount yet pay the most, but rather those who use the most and pay the least [5]. Secondly, water shedding should be targeted at water rich communities with swimming pools, as this would mean no water shedding for water poor communities. The eThekwini Municipality controls and runs uShaka Marine World [3] and, as such, should take the lead in saving water in its facilities on the Golden Mile.


Dear Mayor Nxumalo,

We call on you to immediately act on the drought crisis by implementing the below measures across eThekwini. This should include passing bylaws that make it illegal to waste water.

Please also be aware that the Parks and Recreation Department confirms that the council has not yet introduced any water restrictions nor any bylaws regulating the use of water in these trying times. The swimming pools on the Golden Mile and at uShaka Marine world continue to be refilled while poor communities in places such as Tongaat continue to experience water shortages.

We call on you to impose bylaws and water restrictions that can help bring relief to the communities in dire need. This can be done in the following ways:

1. Pass bylaws that make it unlawful to waste water. Wastage includes people who:

Water their lawns during the day;
Empty and/or fill their swimming pools
Wash cars using hosepipes and/or spray machines
Hose hard surfaces

2. Heavy fines for those who waste water, with the revenue from fines ring fenced for maintenance to stop leaks and support drought stricken communities. 

3. A more progressive stepped tariff so that no one is denied water, but heavy users are severely penalised in addition to fines.

4. All uShaka Marine world swimming pools and slides are not refilled during the drought.

5. All the swimming pools serviced by the Parks and Recreation Board to not be refilled during the drought.

6. Water that is saved should be transported to areas deemed in a state of emergency, and those who may lose crops and livestock.

[1] Sipho Kings for Mail & Guardian. Too late to avert water disaster. 6 November 2015

[2] Niren Tolsi Durban bleeds municipal funds 4 February 2012 for the Mail & Guardian

[3] Wendy Jasson da Costa for IOL. 19 October 2012

[4] Rand Water. Water Wise Guide for Golf Courses.

[5] SAHRC. Report on the Right to Access Sufficient Water and Decent Sanitation in South Africa. 2014

Will you sign?

Ask Mayor Nxumalo to stop the City of eThekwini playing with its water. Demand water is diverted from filling the city's swimming pools and slides, and diverted to drought devastated communities.

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  • dumisa ntintili
    signed 2015-11-20 13:13:49 +0200
    we votedyou and our organisation to carry out thepeople:s mandate of this country not to serve the interests of the few and the rich plese Com do not act like an Imperialist scout
  • Bonolo Nevondo
    signed 2015-11-19 18:35:56 +0200
  • Palesa Ngwenya
    signed 2015-11-19 10:36:09 +0200
  • Julie Mauger mobile
    signed 2015-11-19 09:36:55 +0200
    People’s survival is more important than other people’s leisure activities. It is not ethical for some people to have water to swim in when others have no water for themselves or their crops. Please do the right thing.
  • Jill Creane
    signed 2015-11-18 10:47:41 +0200
  • Lexi Coning
    signed 2015-11-17 03:31:23 +0200
  • Lorena Lesna-Maranetto
    signed 2015-11-15 20:17:34 +0200
  • Meg Samuelson
    signed 2015-11-14 22:42:08 +0200
  • Tshepang Boikanyo
    signed 2015-11-14 21:12:06 +0200
  • Mark Bobbitt
    signed 2015-11-14 11:02:23 +0200
  • Phiwokuhle Tom
    signed 2015-11-14 02:26:18 +0200
  • Ian Bentley
    signed 2015-11-13 20:33:55 +0200
  • Judy Cooke
    signed 2015-11-13 20:02:06 +0200
  • Lauren Tarr
    signed 2015-11-13 17:59:32 +0200
  • Annegret Klasen
    signed 2015-11-13 17:42:14 +0200
  • Alette Beer
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-11-13 16:46:51 +0200
    Ask @eThekwiniM to stop @uShakaMarine refilling swimming pools #watercrisis
  • Alette de Beer
    signed 2015-11-13 16:46:05 +0200
    There’s other ways to have fun, don’t waste water while people and animals are suffering in this drought!
  • Elizabeth van Heerden
    signed 2015-11-13 16:31:29 +0200
  • Amanda Snyman
    signed 2015-11-13 16:31:24 +0200
  • Jessica Bothma
    signed 2015-11-13 16:26:51 +0200
  • Debra West
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-11-13 14:30:49 +0200
    Ask @eThekwiniM to stop @uShakaMarine refilling swimming pools #watercrisis
  • Debra West
    signed 2015-11-13 14:30:35 +0200
  • Peter Plüddemann
    signed 2015-11-13 13:41:17 +0200
  • Mickey Hush
    @MickeyHush tweeted link to this page. 2015-11-13 13:02:51 +0200
  • Mickey Hush
    signed 2015-11-13 13:02:43 +0200
  • Carina Venter
    signed 2015-11-13 12:54:39 +0200
  • Maemo Chipu
    signed 2015-11-13 12:42:56 +0200
    Let the poor people have share of the water not only rich people who continue to waste water on daily basis.
  • haroon hussein
    signed 2015-11-13 12:28:39 +0200
    Water for drinking and abolutions and essential services is a priority. Everything else is a luxury and not a necessity. The city should have plans to ensure that business enterprises that rely on water should be compensated in some manner to keep their businesses going so staff can receive salaries but use water for the preservation of life first and agriculture is part of priority
  • Malope Mokwena
    signed 2015-11-13 12:27:33 +0200
  • Michelle Jones-Phillipson
    signed 2015-11-13 12:19:47 +0200