Village may end service protests
Tafelkop has been hit by several protests to demand the supply of water
SERVICE delivery protests will hopefully be a thing of the past at Tafelkop in Limpopo following a "fruitful" meeting to resolve problems in the area.
Tafelkop has been hit by several protests to demand the supply of water. Three weeks ago, 19-year-old protester Ben Mawela was shot and killed by a taxi driver who was trying to drive through a throng of marching protesters . Police are still looking for the driver .
The meeting, which took place on Sunday, also resulted in the signing of a "developmental pact", that is expected to ensure that all parties agree to certain "key" social services projects in the village.
The signatories were Kgoshi Boleu Rammupudu III, representatives of the Tafelkop Residents Committee, Sekhukhune district executive mayor Mogobo "Shoes" Magabe, and the mayor of the Elias Motsoaledi local municipality, Wendy Matemane.
A task team was established to look into problems affecting the area.
Headed by Magabe, the team is also due to address water shortages in the area.
"The meeting agreed that water would be provided to residents, starting from today (Monday)," Magabe said.
He said the task team would also investigate why there were problems with the supply of water, but said preliminary findings were that some pipes in the area needed to be fixed.
"We will make sure that old valves are fixed and reservoirs are filled with water," Magabe said.
"We will release water throughout the Tafelkop area in order to detect any leakages in the pipes. Faults in the reservoirs will also be attended to immediately."
The process of releasing water started yesterday and water was available to large parts of Tafelkom, although some parts that were affected by faults in the pipes and reservoirs, had not yet received any water.
According to Magabe, R36-million had been set aside in the budget to ensure that water was provided to the community in the long term.
He said the water provision project was expected to be completed next year.
"Among the resolutions taken at the meeting was that protests to demand services would no longer be necessary in the area.
"The disruption of schooling will also come to a stop. We appeal to communities to be patient and cooperate with the task team," he said.
Community leader Karabo Mohlala said they were happy with the outcome of the meeting, but felt that R36-million was insufficient to solve the water problem. - firstname.lastname@example.org