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Grahamstown under administration

Grahamstown under Administration


Grahamstown has been in the spotlight again recently with the on-going water crisis. While rain pours from the skies outside many students in digs have now been without water for a week, while residences have water on a semi-regular basis. It is becoming more and more apparent that Grahamtown, without water, garbage all over the streets and unpaid workers, is on the verge of an infrastructure crash. If all this scares you- well. It should. Our beloved Grahamstown is a tiny place with so much personality.

The good news is that there seems to be some help on the horizon for Grahamstown. The Makana Municipality will be taken over by the Eastern Cape local government. Whether or not this is a good thing naturally remains to be seen.

In the meantime, what can we as students of Rhodes University, do to make this situation better? The first thing I would suggest is to drop the sense of entitlement. Yes we pay fees, yes we work hard. But when it comes to not having water, we’re all in the same boat (see what I did there?). Be kind to one another and share water- do not waste it. Be understanding of the businesses in town that may not be able to serve you coffee- they don’t have water either! Things will soon look up- but for now, soap up and go for a natural shower in the rain outside. Let’s show the world just how much personality Grahamstown has!


By Shirley Erasmus