Tanks bring relief

2016-12-14 06:01
The mayor of the Magareng Local Municipality, Bongile Mhaleni. Photo: Boipelo Mere

The mayor of the Magareng Local Municipality, Bongile Mhaleni. Photo: Boipelo Mere

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The distribution of JoJo tanks in an effort to temporarily address the water challenges is proving to at least meet the water crisis in the Magareng Municipality of Warrenton while the municipality is working on a permanent solution.

According to the newly elected mayor of the Magareng Local Municipality, Bongile Mhaleni, a three-year project is expected to be launched as a permanent solution to the current water woes.

In admitting the biggest challenge being water reticulation in Magareng, Mhaleni said that the upcoming project is set to be beneficial to Refitlhile, also known as Ditsho­swaneng, as it is the newest residential area in Warrenton.

According to the mayor, the community does not benefit from the Vaal River water due to the town’s old and outdated infrastructure.

Regarding the outstanding payments to Eskom, Mhaleni pointed out that Magareng is still sticking to its agreement of paying off the outstanding amount.

However, Mhaleni brought to light that Magareng is under survey due to residents and businesses not paying their electricity bills.

Many households owe huge amounts with regard to their electricity bills.

“On top of that, even government departments owe the municipality more than R4,5 million and continue to come up with excuses for non-payment,” the mayor said.

The mayor said community engagement is one of the top priorities in the new administration in order for the community to be upfront on the developments in the municipality.

Mhaleni said the Francis Baard District Municipality has pledged to assist Magareng with the restoration of the high mast lights in an effort to minimise the rate of crime in the area.

“Action was needed due to crime that has risen recently, especially in the middle of the night.”

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