Premier to probe Mpumalanga water crisis

2012-05-10 12:22

Mpumalanga premier David Mabuza is continuing a fact-finding mission to all municipalities about the water crisis in the province.

Mabuza will travel to Nkomazi region near Malalane tomorrow.

His visit comes in the wake of this week’s Blue Drop report release, which painted a grim picture of water quality in Mpumalanga.

Earlier this week, residents from Lillydale near Bushbuckridge went on a rampage to protest about water problems.

Nine residents were arrested after a municipal office and a grader were set alight.

Mabuza has said that water provision is one of his top priorities.

Mabuza’s spokesperson Zibonele Mncwango said the premier would visit three water treatment plants in Nkomazi. He has already been to the Mbombela and Bushbuckridge municipalities.

“The assessment of these water plants will assist the provincial government to intervene accordingly where necessary through the Mpumalanga Economic Growth Agency (Mega) as was announced during the State of the Province Address early this year,” Mncwango said.

Mabuza has taken away the responsibility of bulk water supply from municipalities and has given it to Mega, a parastatal under the Department of Economic Development Tourism and Environment.

He is yet to unveil a plan how the parastatal will carry out this task, as its employees have no expertise in water provision.

The Democratic Alliance has pinned the blame for the province’s water woes on what it calls the ANC’s “jobs-for-pals-policy”.

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