‘Please give us water’

2015-05-27 06:00
ALL EARS: Premier Ace Magashule with gogo Mathamaha Lepantiti.

ALL EARS: Premier Ace Magashule with gogo Mathamaha Lepantiti.

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WATER issues are still a pickle in the small town of Winburg, where hundreds of residents told Premier Ace Magashule the only time the town had access to water was when the premier was in town.

Last Tuesday disgruntled residents told Magashule and his executive cabinet water shortages remain a serious challenge in the small town which has a population of around 15 000 people.

Magashule was on the Operation Hlasela drive which aims to alleviate poverty through various government interventions.

A small town located 100 km north of Bloemfontein, residents of the small farming town complained about joblessness, non-existent service delivery and ward councillors who did not serve the community.

Residents further alleged that the local clinic was in a shoddy state and was frequently vandalised due to poor fencing.

Water scarcity was also identified as one of the reasons why the clinic was unable to provide proper health services.

One of the elderly women visited by Magashule, 70-year-old Moselantja Lesole, told the premier of her daily struggle to get water to bathe her mother, Mathamaha Lepantiti (111), and do laundry. Lesole said she used her pension money to pay locals in the Mafura Location to get water from some of the septic tanks across the township.

“Today we have water because you are in Winburg, please give us water,” Lesole pleaded.

Another resident, Thabo Moloi (30), said residents were surprised when the dusty streets of Makeleketla, the township of Winburg, were cleaned prior to the premier’s visit. Angry residents booed and hissed at ward councillors when they mounted the stage, where a packed crowd had eagerly waited for the premier’s arrival.

“The councillors are useless, they don’t put the interests of the community first,” screamed a resident in the crowd.

Run by the Masilonyana Local Municipality, the water-strapped town is banking on a R90 million water pipeline, which is yet to be constructed.

The municipal mayor, Steve Koalane, said construction of the R90 million pipeline, which would run from the Bethal Dam to Winburg, has not started. According to him, the municipality has procured a company to conduct a feasibility study on the town prior to construction of the pipeline.

While the mayor conceded that water rations were a serious challenge in Winburg, he also said the municipality had constructed four boreholes at R4 million to supply the town with water. In addition to the four boreholes, the municipality has allocated R5 million for the construction of four additional boreholes as an interim measure.

Koalane said the municipality was spending too much money on the upkeep of the dilapidated water infrastructure.

“We decided to replace the water infrastructure as a whole rather than fixing the old one which constantly had faults,” said Koalane.

Koalane added that the municipality was struggling with cable theft at their purification plants which then disturbs the purification of water.

Magashule conceded to the water challenges faced by the town and reassured residents of the water infrastructure project which would dissolve the water crises in Winburg

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