Thlolong residents lament dry taps

2015-05-13 06:00
FROM the left are Elizabeth Makhubo, Mamotlalentwa Mothupi and Matala Mokoena of Extension 5 of the Thlolong Township near Kestell, waiting for the Maluti-a-Phofung (MAP) water trucks. Here they are lining up their water containers. 
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Tladi

FROM the left are Elizabeth Makhubo, Mamotlalentwa Mothupi and Matala Mokoena of Extension 5 of the Thlolong Township near Kestell, waiting for the Maluti-a-Phofung (MAP) water trucks. Here they are lining up their water containers. Photo: Tladi

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KESTELL. – For five years residents staying in Extension 5 of the Thlolong Township near Kestell have been subjected to life without water.

The residents told Goldfields that the problem started in 2010 when taps ran dry.

The affected area is an extension of the Thlolong Township, which falls under the Maluti-a-Phofung (MAP) Local Municipality. Distressed residents accuse the municipality of failing to provide an explanation for the lack of water and for not ensuring a constant supply of water through water tankers.

Elizabeth Makhubo (63) said sometimes they spent two to three weeks without this basic necessity. This happens when water tankers do not supply water. She said they had been forced to fetch water from residents of the old location.

“Our municipality is not delivering services to us. We did not vote for the ANC to suffer. We are sick because of travelling long distances to get drinking water. We all know that it is a source of life and we cannot survive without water,” Makhubo lamented bitterly.

On Tuesday, 5 May, the day of Express NFS’s visit, Makhubo was spotted waiting outside her yard with containers to fetch water.

She said they last had water in their taps four years ago, while the late Jabu Khumalo was still a ward councillor.

“We once asked them what the problem was and they told us that the pipes were too small to carry the pressure. They promised to attend to the problem, but to date they have not done so.”

Matala Mokoena (70) said he was tired of pushing a wheelbarrow daily to fetch water.

He said he had no option, since they had to cook and needed water to wash clothes, including children’s school uniforms.

“I honestly do not know what to do, because they (the municipal authority) have been promising to sort out the water problem, but it seems they are lying to us. I think it is time that they tell us the truth,” Mokoena said.

Mpolai Kgiba, the acting chief executive officer of MAP Water, denied that the Extension 5 residents had spent weeks without water.

She said their trucks were supplying water on a daily basis.

“We know their problem, that is why we make sure that they get water from our tanks every day.

I have never received a complaint from any of the community members claiming that the trucks did not come,” Kgiba said.

She said there was a connection problem with the water pipes in the affected residential area.

“Unfortunately, I am not in the position to tell when the problem will be fixed, because we are not the people responsible for the infrastructure.”

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