Tunatazama - Community Monitors

Low level of water quality and unfriendly environment complied by Manana

Theunissen is town that is 50km from Welkom and 90km from Bloemfontein. In this town for the past 14 years residents have lived in a condition where the waste dumping site is located in one area with the dams that serve as water supplies to the community. This create a low level of water quality and also an unfriendly environment  with worse living condition as there is no even a fence that restrict the waste form being nearer to the dams. Residents and motorist who uses the R30,which is now  called Z.R Mahabane road that  runs from Kroonstad via Welkom to Bloemfontein have always complained since the road will be packed with papers and plastic obstructing the road. When is windy this papers pass to the same place of location where they were collected from and end up being more on ground instead of dustbins. Masilonyana municipality which theunissen falls under has been listed as one of the lowest performer on level of water quality through the survey and report by department of water affairs. The report indicates blue drop score sheet over hundred as follow in three years period :

  • 2012-11.4%
  • 2011-6.49%
  • 2010-6.2 %

Through this report we have on low level of water maintenance this indicates that there is a need for the waste dumping site to be separated from the water supply dams as it has a negative impact both to water and environment. Community members indicated that the problem lies with municipality by not employing people who specialise in water and the same people who are employed without proper skills are not sending for training so that they learn how to improve level of water quality.

GUBICO Water Surveillance Task Team Reports. Compiled by Manana




GUBICO is a community based organisation in Free State Province receiving sharing and learning training via Monitoring School from the Bench Marks Foundation Monitoring Project.