The Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Ms Lindiwe Sisulu visited Moutse near Groblersdal in Limpopo on Friday, 14th February. She was joined by Limpopo Premier Phuku Stanley Mathabatha and CoGHSTA MEC Basikopo Makamu, Executive Mayor of Sekhukhune District Municipality, Cllr Stanley Ramaila, together with Lepelle Northern Water Board.
Minister Sisulu pledged an amount of R143 million towards drought relief in the area. The funds will be administered by Lepelle Northern Water as the implementing agent, to address the long-standing challenges of water within the Sekhukhune District Municipality. The funds will also be used to drill new boreholes and refurbish the existing ones in the area.
Five water tankers and 20 water tanks were donated and will be administered by the Sekhukhune District Municipality.
Minister Sisulu assured the community of Moutse that there will be additional water tanks to ensure that all the residents have water, prioritizing the elderly, the schools, the police station, and the Philadelphia Hospital that serves the community.
She emphasised that these will be interim measures while the Municipality works with Lepelle Northern Water Board, the province, and the DWS Limpopo office to initiate projects of sustainable water reticulation in the area.
Residents of Sekhukhune District Municipality, particularly of Moutse have been without water for a long time.
Minister Sisulu and Premier Mathabatha interacted with the community of Moutse and stakeholders, assuring them that the process to address water challenges in the area has started.
“I first have to apologise to the community on behalf of government for the challenges that you have had for a long time. I would like to assure you that we have heard your cries and our presence here shows that we care so much about you. I have tasked the Municipality and Lepelle Northern Water to work together to ensure that the community of Sekhukhune has access to water”, said Minister Sisulu.
This intervention needs to be seen in the context of the emergency situation that is in the area. The DWS intervened, but does not take away the responsibility of local government to ensure optimally operational reticulation infrastructure to service communities where they live and work.
Issued by Department of Water and Sanitation