Basic services demanded by community at Soma

2017-06-09 06:00
Community members asks questions at Soma.Photo: siphelele nketo

Community members asks questions at Soma.Photo: siphelele nketo

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ESSENTIAL services like electricity, water supply and upgrade of roads were demanded by community members at the State of Municipal Address (Soma) in Matatiele last Monday.

People said they have been waiting many years for basic services and they are forced to share water with animals.

Community member, Novuyani Mluleki from Ward 5, complained that there is no electricity in her area and people have to use candles at night.

Another community member said there are rural schools that have to use generators for lighting and cooking.

In Ward 7, people complained about the condition of the roads that connect Lesothoand Matatiele and said ambulances battle to attend to situations because of the bad condition of roads.

MatatieleLocalMunicipalitymanager, Dr Tsepang Nakin said the municipality is financially stable and is doing well with improving infrastructure.

He said in the past five years the electricity backlog has been high in the area, but it has been reduced to 30%.

“We are only left with a few wards that have no electricity and we aim to electrify all areas,” said Nakin.

More than 1 227 houses in Mahangu, Magayizidlele, New House, Nkali, Nuresh, Mbombo and Madlangala will get electricity.

A total of 3 453 “deserving” families now get free are electricity.

Mayor Momelezi Mbedla told the community the municipality is working withAfredNzo DistrictMunicipalityto connect water to some rural villages.

He said in Ward 23 and 24 the Fobane Sub-Regional Water Supply Scheme project is under way, and this includes Maluti, Matatiele and Ramohlakoana Bulk Water Supply Scheme in Ward 1 and 2.

“The number of women that travel long distance to fetch water from dams and rivers has reduced,” said Mbedla.

Community members complained that some projects have not been completed and asked the municipality to monitor projects.

ESSENTIAL services like electricity, water supply and upgrade of roads were demanded by community members at the State of Municipal Address (Soma) in Matatiele last Monday.

People said they have been waiting many years for basic services and they are forced to share water with animals.

Community member, Novuyani Mluleki from Ward 5, complained that there is no electricity in her area and people have to use candles at night.
Another community member said there are rural schools that have to use generators for lighting and cooking.
In Ward 7, people complained about the condition of the roads that connect Lesotho and Matatiele and said ambulances battle to attend to situations because of the bad condition of roads.

Matatiele Local Municipality manager, Dr Tsepang Nakin said the municipality is financially stable and is doing well with improving infrastructure. He said in the past five years the electricity backlog has been high in the area, but it has been reduced to 30%.

“We are only left with a few wards that have no electricity and we aim to electrify all areas,” said Nakin.

More than 1 227 houses in Mahangu, Magayizidlele, New House, Nkali, Nuresh, Mbombo and Madlangala will get electricity.
A total of 3 453 “deserving” families now get free are electricity.

Mayor Momelezi Mbedla told the community the municipality is working with Afred Nzo District Municipality to connect water to some rural villages.

He said in Ward 23 and 24 the Fobane Sub-Regional Water Supply Scheme project is under way, and this includes Maluti, Matatiele and Ramohlakoana Bulk Water Supply Scheme in Ward 1 and 2.

“The number of women that travel long distance to fetch water from dams and rivers has reduced,” said Mbedla. Community members complained that some projects have not been completed and asked the municipality to monitor projects.

 

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