Monday, July 23, 2007

No power, no water, no transport, no phones

Telephone communication is becoming increasingly difficult. Fixed lines are more reliable that the mobile networks, but the power cuts affect substations that operate on batteries. These need a steady supply of electricity to remain charged. Mobile lines are worse. The networks were over subscribed anyway and that problem has increased because of the forced reduction in costs, making access more affordable.

Then there is the transport nightmare. Raath said the government clampdown has made fuel even more scarce. And the price per litre is much higher than the reduced fares stipulated by government. Raath said 2 weeks ago fuel was selling at Z$180,000 per litre. It is now selling at Z$250,000 per litre.

Raath described the water supplies as “erratic”....

Raath said he cannot claim that the system has totally collapsed, but at the current rate of deterioration total collapse is imminent....

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