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Fed up with poor service delivery; do-it-yourself!

Fed up with waiting for service delivery, the middle class is stepping up.

Do you want things to be done, and done properly, in 2015? Then do it yourself. Behave as if government is not going to deliver any services, and if it does, see that as a bonus.

Water problemsThe poor management and planning, deployment of loyal cadres not up to the job, attempts at state capture, corruption and weak political leadership of the last decades are now really adding up and taking their toll. There are no signs that matters will improve in 2015.

DIY is the future. The middle classes are already doing a lot of that.

Water

If you live in a municipality with poor water delivery, stop moaning. For only R1 800 you can buy a 1 000-litre plastic rainwater tank – or if you have spare cash, R4 400 for a 5 000-litre tank or just over R10 600 for a 10 000-litre tank. You get good, clean rainwater and it’s for free. Use your greywater for your garden.

Electricity

What would you talk about if we didn’t have electricity blackouts? It’s easy and cheap enough to do something about it.

When Eskom started “load shedding” last November, I had a crisis with WiFi and electricity for my computers and a few lights. I quickly bought a small generator for R1 600 that took care of all of that for the two hours or so per day I was without power. If I had more time, I would have shopped around for an affordable solar system to do that job. I use gas for heating water and for cooking. No problem.

Again, if you have a bit of spare cash, go completely off the grid. A moderate household using a gas geyser and stove and LED lights needs no more than a solar power system of about R70 000. Up your generating ability a bit and soon you can sell electricity back to Eskom. What is more, it’s cool to be green.

Potholes

Last year I got really fed up with the people in my neighbourhood constantly complaining about potholes on our streets. They would come by week after week and talk about little else: they are now big enough for a dog swimming pool, one would say, and another would complain that they had damaged his car’s exhaust system.

So I went to the hardware store and bought two 25kg bags of Ready Mix Hot Tar for a mere R50 each. I dug out the holes, filled them with the bitumen, banged it down and they were fixed – they’re still fixed nine months later. This is now being done in other neighbourhoods too.

Sure, it really is the job of local government. But would you rather blame and sulk or do you want your streets to be better?

Source: Moneyweb

To secure our own source of water you need a water tank. Whether you fill it with municipal water or rainwater, is up to you. However rainwater is free and during the rainy months your tank will constantly be topped up with every rain shower. 

Once you have a tank full of rainwater it’s time to start using this water and why not pump it straight back into your home and use it for baths, shower, toilet flushing and what ever else you may want to use the water for. Remember its your’s and its free.

If you just want to save water then the most cost effective way to do that is to reuse your greywater for irrigation. This means your garden will get water when ever you and your family bath, shower or do laundry. This is a lot of water that your plants and trees can use throughout months of water restrictions and during times of water outages.  

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