Eight new water tankers for uMzinyathi

2017-08-16 06:02
uMzinyathi District  Mayor Petros Ngubane test drives one of the new trucks.

uMzinyathi District  Mayor Petros Ngubane test drives one of the new trucks.

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THE uMzinyathi District Municipality is a district in KwaZulu-Natal that, for the past couple of years, has been severely affected by the drought. 
The district, being mainly rural, has made delivering water to residents a mammoth task, but with the acquisition and handing over of eight new water tankers last week all of this will change.

“Water tankers are expected to serve the people of uMzinyathi without any political interference,” said uMzinyathi District Mayor Petros Ngubane as he handed over eight new water tankers on 7 August in Dundee.
The new tankers, worth R10 million, were bought through transversal-contract procurement by National Treasury to deliver water to the most isolated parts of the district.

Mayor Ngubane stated: “I am proud to introduce these water tankers to Amakhosi and uMzinyathi citizens. These trucks must be handled with care and allocated accordingly. People in all areas must be treated equally, and served with dignity.”   
He emphasised that water delivered by the tankers was free – no one had to pay for the water.
“The water in these trucks is not for sale, no one should be subjected to buying water delivered by these trucks.”

The drought has affected residents in the more remote rural areas even more as many do not have access to potable water.
The water supply situation worsened, particularly in these rural areas, when in March the then uMzinyathi Council reduced the number of tankers serving the entire district from 23 to 10.

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