‘Water not from river’

2015-09-16 06:00
JOHNNY MGAGA, owner of Johnny’s Striving Mind, at the point from which his company has been drawing water at Industrial area 1 in Qwaqwa. The community has alleged that the water provided to them had been coming from the river. 

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Tladi Mol

JOHNNY MGAGA, owner of Johnny’s Striving Mind, at the point from which his company has been drawing water at Industrial area 1 in Qwaqwa. The community has alleged that the water provided to them had been coming from the river. Photo: Tladi Mol

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MAKWANE. – Johnny Mgaga, the owner of Johnny’s Striving Mind, has called on the community of Baghdad near Makwane, as well as people from the surrounding areas, to remain calm, as he has been giving them clean water.

Mgaga responded to the story published in Express Eastern Free State (“ ‘Dirty’ water a concern” in the issue of 2 September) in which a community member alleged that she had seen the company’s vehicle drawing water from the river and supplying it to the community of Baghdad.

Mgaga denied this. “It is not true that we drew water from the river. The water was drawn from the water point at the industrial area,” Mgaga said.

Express EFS was taken to where the water had been drawn from and on arrival other lorries were also lining up to collect water.

Mgaga said the frustrated community members had seen one of the construction vehicles which were busy with road maintenance.

“Some people want to play a political game through this issue and fed the community incorrect information.”

Mpho Mabena, the water communications manager of the Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality (MaP), has confirmed that Johnny’s Striving Mind was one of the suppliers contracted to supply clean water via water trucks to different communities in the MaP area.

Mabena also rubbished allegations of the truck supplying the community with water from the river. “The said allegation is untrue. This can be proven by zooming in on the photo of the truck that was drawing water from the river. It is not the same truck as the one feeding the JoJo tank in Baghdad. The said truck does not even belong to Johnny,” Mabena said.

She said they constantly monitored their service providers and made sure that the identified draw point was Industrial area 1

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