Lesiba Tloutlaba handing over a VIP toilet to Nancy Mashilo family
STEELPOORT – The Department of Water and Sanitation in partnership with the Sekhukhune District Municipality, Fetakgomo Greater Tubatse Municipality as well as the Dwarsrivier Mine celebrated the National Water Week awareness campaign by promising local residents that they will fight the scarcity of water in the Malekane area.
Speaking to the gathered crowd Mr Lesiba Tloubatla the director at the Department of water and sanitation admitted that residents had problems accessing water.
“We do understand that the community of Malekane receives water on a rationing schedule, once a week or sometimes twice a week, not withstanding that there are sometimes pipe blockages experienced now and then due to construction project taking place currently.
“It is important to note that the goal of the Sekhukhune Water Service Authority is to provide everyone with adequate and reliable supply of water to manage the water supply services in affordable, equitable and sustainable manner,” he said.
Tloubatla commended Dwarsrivier Mine for easing pressure on the government, “they are currently funding the Kalkfontein community water project. This is part of their commitments made in the social labour plan. The project scope will be completed in September 2017.
He added “The scope entails development of 6 boreholes, reticulation pipes around the streets into individual households and a storage reservoir.”
The National Water Week serves as a powerful campaign mechanism re-iterating the value of water, the need for sustainable management of this scarce resource and the role water plays in eradicating poverty and under-development in South Africa.
The department concluded by handing over 500 VIP toilets with five water tanks wheelbarrows.
Meanwhile one of the resident in the Malekane area Mr Thomas Monate complained about the scarcity of water in their area.
“We have the De Hoop dam just in our shores which is more than one hundred percent full but still we cant drink the water, the dam was opened way back in 2013. We got nothing to celebrate because we don’t have water here,” he lambasted.