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Residents of Giyani in Limpopo endured the holidays without a drop of water flowing from their taps after the local water purification plant failed.
Sharp operators rented out bakkies to haul water from neighbouring villages, where the owners of boreholes charged their unfortunate neighbours R75 a load.
"We have been without water since last Wednesday after most government employees left for Christmas," said local resident Bennett Mavasa.
"We reported the matter to the district municipality and the water affairs department but that got us nowhere."
Jeffrey Nkuna said residents without vehicles were also struggling to answer the call of nature. All toilets in the township are connected to the water-borne sewerage system and people were now being forced to dash into the bushes.
Kenneth Shivambu, maintenance manager at water affairs, said the department was trying to resolve the crisis but could not say when the system would be restored.