R9m injected into Majakaneng

2015-02-07 20:12
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Johannesburg - North West premier Supra Mahumapelo said on Saturday that a total of R9m had been allocated for the development of water infrastructure in Majakaneng.

A contractor was already on site to ensure that water in Majakaneng was restored by the end of next week, Mahumapelo said during a meeting with residents on Saturday.

"We must remain united as a society and focus our energies towards reconciling and renewing our province."

He pleaded with people to co-operate with the contractor and said the water provision would be done in phases and the second phase would be implemented through the R9m allocation.

Violent protests

His office said it would collaborate with the water and sanitation department, Magalies Water and Sedibeng Water.

Technicians were sent to Majakaneng on Thursday to resolve water problems in the area, after several days of violent protests during which locals demanded water and electricity.

Protesters have been demanding water there for years.

During protests last year, one resident said taps had been dry since 2005.

When the unrest started on Monday, protesters looted two foreign-owned shops and set alight a bus as well as barricading sections of the N4.

Peace and stability

Seven people were arrested and would face charges including public violence and malicious damage to property.

Mahumapelo's office said community members who attended Saturday's meeting were urged to allow pupils to return to school as disrupting schools was not developmental.

Mahumapelo also appealed to the community to work together with the provincial government to ensure peace and stability.

"We assure you of our firm commitment to ensuring that basic services are delivered as planned," he said.

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