Phoenix pensioner’s water supply reconnected after 10 years

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Phoenix Durban

Cllr Jonathan Annipen and Mrs T Rajkumar.

Mrs T Rajkumar and her family have had to spend almost 10 years without water.
Her water was disconnected after she could no longer afford to pay the exorbitant bills.
After approaching Minority Front councillor, Jonathan Annipen for assistance, Rajkumar said her nightmare was over.
“I live with my unemployed daughter, who is in remission for cancer and my two teenage grandchildren. We depend only on my old age grant. Things are very tough. Between taking care of household expenses and utilities, there is sometimes little for food,” she said.
Thankfully, their church and friends provided them with help. She had given up hope that she would get water again.

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“When my daughter had received help from Cllr Jonathan regarding another matter, she suggested I visit him. He contacted the water department, wrote to the social worker and had my debt reduced and my water was reconnected after 10 years. You can imagine my excitement,” she happily said.
Speaking to Cllr Annipen, he said that it was a sad reality that many people had to suffer similar fate.
“I received calls daily from people with these problems. People are poor and cannot afford to make ends meet. The MF continues to advocate for policies that promote debt reduction and relief,” he said.
Cllr Annipen said that as a party, they continue to fight for the poor and the needy and do so without fear or favor.
“The municipality needs to consider the poverty of our people and ensure that they do all possible to make life easier and better for them,” he added.


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