Sanitation upgraded in Kokstad after Zille plea

2009-12-09 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs is pleased with the progress made by Sisonke District and Kokstad Local municipalities, in upgrading the sanitation infrastructure in order to address its sanitation challenges.

The development comes after DA leader Helen Zille visited the area last week and made a plea to the MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nomusa Dube, to personally visit the area and take action.

Zille complained about the health hazard caused by lack of sanitation facilities in the area.

The MEC visited the Kokstad region and received a progress report on the state of service delivery in the municipality.

Departmental spokesperson Lennox Mabaso said Sisonke District municipality, in partnership with water affairs, has inves­ted in water sewerage plant and water treatment projects amounting to R40 million and R59 million respectively.

“Until now the plight of the Kokstad community has fallen on deaf ears. Despite the projects having been under way for an extended period, residents are still living under the most shocking conditions, with raw sewage spilling into their homes,” said DA party spokesman Sizwe Mchunu.

He said that the problem was a direct result of council’s inability to repair and maintain existing infrastructure, adding that residents now faced “considerable risk” of a cholera outbreak.

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