Zuma steps in to fix village’s water woes

2012-06-02 14:06

Residents of Ngobi village, outside Hammankskraal in the North West, have been without reliable water supply for the past four years.

Even though the government provided them with boreholes and taps four years ago, water flowed from their taps for a month or so and then ran dry.

Over the years, their taps would have water for a few days once every few months and the villagers would go back to harvesting rain water during the rainy season or ferry water from distant sources for cooking or drinking.

They sometimes spent their Christmas holidays without water.

This was until 47-year old Mmatsheko Pine wrote an email to President Jacob Zuma to ask for his intervention after her efforts to get the municipality and the local water board to fix the problem failed.

Earlier this year, Pine wrote to Zuma telling him of the plight of elderly residents in her village.

“I was told electricity was needed for water pressure. I thought involving the president might help,” she said.

Yesterday, Zuma officially switched on the tap at her homestead and unveiled the revamped local borehole pump station.

Zuma assured residents that their taps would not dry anymore as the problem had now been fixed.

“We are happy to have a citizen who is bold...who can take action. I wish therefore who could do so. If you take initiative it helps because now we are going to deal with it,” said Zuma.

Zuma also delivered a mobile science laboratory at a local school that had been donated by a private company.

Although Pine missed her debut Comrades Marathon because of the visit, she said she was happy that she and her fellow villagers would have running water once more.

“I never expected the response so soon because there are millions of us ( waiting for services). I was trying my luck,” she said.

Zuma and several government ministers later addressed a local community gathering, where they asked the residents to list their service delivery needs.

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