Residents in certain parts of Soweto can expect the full restoration of water to their homes, said Joburg Water.
Joburg Water diverted the flow to aid rescuers
Certain areas had their water cut after Joburg Water diverted the flow along its pipelines. The diversion was done to assist rescue teams who have been working tirelessly to locate the body of six-year-old Khaya Magadla who fell into an open manhole in Dlamini, Soweto.
Today, 26 June, marks two weeks since Magadla fell into the manhole but rescue efforts have not dwindled. A massive team comprising of divers, engineers, technicians and rescuers have been searching for the six-year-old.
Rescue teams have been working through an underground pipeline to locate Magadla
The team has been searching through an underground pipeline network, as well as a four-kilometre stretch of a sewer pipeline to try to locate the little one’s body.
It’s been reported that Magadla was playing soccer with his friends in Dlamini Park when he fell into the exposed manhole.
Magadla fell into the exposed manhole while playing soccer with his friends in Dlamini park. Joburg.
Although water has returned, the search for Magadla will continue
Spokesperson for Joburg Water Seipati Nyawuza said that although the reservoirs had been re-opened, the rescue team will continue with the search for Magadla’s body, reports EWN.
“Johannesburg Water’s infrastructure was isolated to aid in the continued search for Khaya Magadla. We wish to inform customers that the reservoirs are now opened, and it will take about 4 to 5 hours before restoration of the network,”
Search ramps up as rescuers hope to find body of missing six-year-old [Update]
Previously, it was reported emergency services completed the physical search in the rescue operation to find Khaya Magadla, 6, that started nearly two weeks ago in Dlamini, Soweto, on Saturday.
Earlier, the Johannesburg Emergency Management Services (EMS) said they hoped to find the young boy’s body as they searched the last few sections near the main plant. The teams also explored the neighbouring split chamber at the Olifantsvlei Wastewater Treatment Works, 12 kilometres outside Dlamini.
The six-year-old has been missing since Sunday, 12 June, after slipping and falling into an open manhole in Dlamini Park. He was playing with his friends. Rescuers pinned their hopes on a specialised robot with a 360-degree view to enhance their search operation. Read the full story here.