Sanitation a huge problem for Polokwane - Mayor

2016-07-16 12:00
A toilet. (Genevieve Quintal, News24)

A toilet. (Genevieve Quintal, News24)

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Polokwane - Polokwane mayor Thembisile Nkadimeng says the local municipality is struggling to provide sanitation to its many rural residents.

Only 49% of residents in the municipality have access to sanitation, she said.

“It’s a challenge because 70% of Polokwane is rural, which means people don’t have access to a lot of things.”

Many Limpopo residents said access to water and sanitation were their two biggest concerns. Those parties that would ensure they got access to these vital services would win their vote in the August 3 local government elections, they said.

Nkadimeng said plans were being implemented to address these needs.

The water and sanitation department was giving them R131m.

“For you to get such an amount, you must have tabled a convincing plan to a national department to assist,” she said.

The municipality was working around the clock to ensure people had taps in their yards. She said in almost all areas households had water connections.

It was however difficult providing piped water to areas with rocky terrain or those which were far-flung. She singled out two: Moletjie and the area around Segwashi, Mankweng, Mamabolo, and Boyne.

Moletjie was supposed to have been supplied with water from Flack Boshigo, a project which the water and sanitation department abandoned.

The municipality had to adopt a new approach. At present, 90% of the underground pipes had been laid and three reservoirs built. This year boreholes would be drilled to fill the reservoirs.

The second area was mountainous. The Ebenezer pipeline from Tzaneen was supplying the area. Work on projects there was slow because of the rocky terrain, she said.

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