Govt still battles apartheid legacy

2012-10-08 00:00

CO-OPERATIVE Governance MEC Nomusa Dube said the apartheid policy of excluding black people, especially in rural areas, from basic services like water was proving difficult and costly to rectify.

Dube was speaking at Mbuthweni Primary School in Nhlazuka, Eston, where she was delivering one of the first in a series of water purification plants aimed at enhancing the delivery of clean water to locals.

The eMbuthweni area is nestled deep between sugar cane farms and mountains, and is about 20 km away from the nearest tarred road — the R56.

“Indeed it is very expensive to bring services here, but the government has raised R2,3 million to buy this water tank, which will draw, purify and bring water close to the communities.”

The department said in a statement that at least 24 000 eMbuthweni residents would benefit from the water purification plants delivered yesterday.

“The plants are also aimed at ensuring that the province is on course to meeting its target of significantly reducing the number of people in KwaZulu-Natal without access to purified water by 2014, and to stop the eruption of water-borne diseases such as cholera.”

It said the plants would provide an immediate solution, while a long-term infrastructure plan, which requires billions of rand, is being rolled out.


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