Zuma’s promise of running water lasts a month

2012-07-07 19:02

A month after President Jacob Zuma promised their taps would never run dry again, residents of a North West village were left without water.

Last month, Zuma travelled to Ngobi village in North West to turn on a tap at the homestead of Ngobi resident Mmatsheko Pine, who had emailed him about her village’s unreliable water supply.

Government provided the village with boreholes and taps four years ago, but the water flowed only for about a month and ran dry.

After receiving Pine’s email, Zuma intervened, taking a high-profile delegation of Cabinet ministers with him
to Ngobi.

But a month on, Ngobi’s residents were again faced with dry taps.

The water supply was again restored this week after a newspaper reported on Ngobi’s situation.

Debt and infrastructure shortages have been blamed for Ngobi’s woes.

A councillor, who asked not to be named, told City Press the municipality was experiencing a cash-flow crisis

The struggling Moretele municipality told Parliament in January that it owed the City of Tshwane R91.5 million for water provision.

Although Ngobi is in North West, its water is supplied by Tshwane, in Gauteng.

The municipality’s debtors (government departments, businesses and households) owed it R83 million by the end of August last year, officials told Parliament.

Only about 4% of its water accounts are paid.

Municipal spokesperson Mothusi Malebye told the Sowetan newspaper this week that Moretele was building four reservoirs in the area.

Neither North West Premier Thandi Modise’s spokesperson Lesiba Kgwele, nor Moretele municipal manager Stevens Kutumela responded to requests for comment.

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