Residents with no water for 8 years
FOR EIGHT years residents of Kgapane township near Modjadjiskloof in Limpopo have been subjected to life without water.
The residents of Maplankeng, Kgaphamadi and Losmycherry sections of the township have been forced to buy water from fellow residents who have boreholes in their yards.
The residents said the problem started in 2004 when taps started to run dry.
They accused the Greater Letaba municipality of failing to provide an explanation for the lack of water. They said the municipality had also failed to dispatch water tankers to supply them with water.
Of concern to them is that the municipality had continued to bill them for water monthly though they did not have a single drop.
A few residents showed Sowetan copies of their municipal accounts which indicated they owed as much as R11,000 for water consumption.
Ledile Maphalle, who owns a crèche in the township, said yesterday that she had gone for days without bathing because of lack of water.
"The only water we can afford to buy is that of feeding our families. As for the children, they have to bring containers of water from their homes for drinking during the day," said Maphalle.
Residents Helen Serumula and Mosima Lebopa have been living in the township for many years.
They both accused the municipality of not taking issues of service delivery seriously.
They said they were certain that the water problem did not affect the Parktown area of the township, where mayor Godfrey Modjadji lived.
Modjadji lives a stone's throw away from the man-made fountain in the township.
"The treatment meted out to us goes to show that the government does not take us seriously .
"Our leaders only take us into consideration when they want our votes," said Lebopa.
The executive mayor of Mopani district municipality, Joshua Matlou, seemed surprised when told of the hardships the residents were facing.
He said though his municipality was a water authority, the Kgapane challenges lay in the hands of the local municipality.
Spokeswoman for the Greater Letaba municipality, Lovers Maenetja, acknowledged there were problems of water shortages at Kgapane.
Maenetja said the problem was caused by the damaged reservoir and that, until it was fixed, the problem would persist.
"But it is not true that we are not providing water to those residents.
"We will check the schedule on which the tankers are supposed to supply water to them," Maenetja said. - email@example.com