The total cost of damage to infrastructure as a result of the illegal protest by eThekwini municipal workers exceeds R3.5m, KwaZulu-Natal premier Willies Mchunu has revealed.
Mchunu was addressing journalists at the department of co-operative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) offices in Mayville, Durban.
“The cost of the damage to date is over R3.5m for eThekwini municipal infrastructure. This excludes impact on the economy, which is still being quantified, and the cost of hiring privately owned water tankers where reservoirs and valves had been tampered with.
“We are informed that 90% of the water services have been restored,” he said.
Mchunu said the protests had affected international guests who had been in the city for the annual Tourism Indaba, Africa’s biggest tourism event which showcases the continent as a good place for business and leisure tourism.
“We now have a situation where hotels housing international guests are without water. On