Water shortage may close Rhodes

David Macgregor

RHODES University may be forced to close if Grahamstown’s nine-day water outage is not urgently solved.

Fears were raised yesterday that the water crisis was fast becoming a serious health risk after it emerged taps had run dry at 46 campus residences, leaving support staff stretched to the limit to try and keep the university running.

More than 1000 angry Rhodes staff members, students and residents marched to the City Hall to protest at Makana Municipality’s inability to solve the lengthy outage.

Vice-chancellor Dr Saleem Badat handed over an open letter to Makana mayor Zamuxolo Peter while the large crowd chanted, “water, water, water”.

Badat told Peter the university was on the verge of closing as diahorrea and urinary tract infections were starting to break out on campus.

Peter said they were working round the clock to deal with the crisisand that Amathola Water had been appointed to try and solve the problem.

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