This photo essay showcases the contrast between urban and rural areas in terms of water and sanitation. My mission was to compile a photo essay whose focal point would be to show that in South Africa people in urban areas or in better living conditions enjoy the benefits of water much more than the people in the rural areas. This is a really sad and important reality that should be dealt with, for water is literally the key factor to our survival and no one should be deprived of such an important resource. Everyone should have access to clean water without having to struggle to get it, especially in rural areas.
There are already a number of problems that people in rural areas have to deal with, such as unemployment and poor infrastructure, so something as natural as water should not even be considered as one of these problems because everyone should be getting access to it without having to struggle.
Malusi Jalubani a local resident at Murchison, a rural area near the city of Port Shepstone, which is on the South Coast of Kwazulu-Natal.
My house is one of the few houses in the area that has a tap in the yard, says Jabulani, but that does not mean we do not experience the problems of accessing water like the rest of the community. The reason for this is because my house is on a hill and the majority of the time the water encounters problems coming uphill and this prevents us from accessing water whenever we want. We have to leave the tap open the whole day and leave the buckets underneath the tap so that when the water eventually comes we are prepared.
The core problem in communities such as Murchison is that the tap seen in these photos is used by 20-30 households and this alone makes getting water such a mission, to say nothing of the lack of sanitation around it.
The man carrying the water in a wheel barrow lives 400m away from the tap but on this day there was no water from that tap so he had to use another tap which was 300m further away.
Why dont you let us know if you know communities that are experiencing the same problems. Do you know of people and places around Africa that are in the same situation? This is a serious matter that needs to be tackled head on and we in South Africa would like to hear about your experiences elsewhere in Africa.
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