DA Ephraim Mogale Local Municipality Ward Councillor and Caucus leader, Flip Jacobs shakes hands with Democratic Alliance Women’s Network’s Tebogo (DAWN) Matjomane during the donation of a motor and water pump to revive one of the dysfunctional boreholes between Mabitsi A and Vaalbank outside Marble Hall.
MABITSI A – In an effort to curb the water crisis residents of Mabitsi A and Vaalbank outside Marble Hall have to endure, the Democratic Alliance (DA) in Ephraim Mogale Local Municipality (EMLM) has donated a motor and water pump to revive one of the dysfunctional boreholes.
The villages have five dysfunctional boreholes that were vandalized years ago which the local municipality have not attended to date.
The DA said it has noted there was plenty of underground water the community could use, hence the donation of the motor and water pump to resuscitate one of the boreholes between Vaalbank and Mabistsi A.
According to the party, residents have been without water for years and many were forced to use their money to buy water from those who own boreholes.
Flip Jacobs, DA EMLM Ward Councillor and Caucus Leader, said following an earlier tour of the area they deemed it necessary to help ease the residents’ water crisis.
Jacobs said they started looking for a sponsor for a motor and water pump to revive one of the boreholes there to enable people to have access to clean water and to alleviate the drought effect.
“It was sad to see how people had to fetch water from a distance through wheelbarrows and also seeing them having to use the little money that they have to buy water. We decided to revive one of the central boreholes for the two villages so that they can have access to clean water. It took us a year to get the motor and water pump but we are glad that the sponsor finally came through,” explained Jacobs.
He further called on residents to care for the motor and water pump and guard it against vandalism and theft.
Ketuma Phala, DA Ward 12 Councillor, said the boreholes have not been working since 1987 and several of the community’s attempts to get the local municipality to fix the boreholes bore no fruits.
Phala said lack of access to water was a serious challenge for the three villages, Mabitsi A, Mmotwaneng and Vaalbank that were dependant on the five currently dysfunctional boreholes.
“The donation will massively help the residents to get access to clean water. We are hoping that it will be working before Christmas Day.” said Phala.
Kenneth Mmadihlaba, a resident, said they welcomed the donation but added that they would still need to find an energy source for the motor and water pump since there was no electricity in the area were the targeted borehole was.
Morris Matlala, a community leader, said the residents needed to make efforts to see to it that the motor and water pump were installed at speed for people to have water.