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Bid to solve town's water crisis

By unknown | May 21, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Alfred Moselakgomo

Alfred Moselakgomo

In the wake of the recent violent protests over a lack of water in Witbank, MEC Norman Mokoena has met eMalahlen'si mayor Linah Malatjie in a bid to solve the problem.

Simphiwe Kunene, spokesperson for the cooperative governance department, said the aim of the meeting was to quickly find solutions to the water problem.

Local residents were particularly alarmed over the colour and quality of the water, Kunene said.

Last week discontent over the lack of water in Ogies, Witbank, turned violent, with residents torching municipal buildings in protest.

Computers, fax machines and other office materials valued at an estimated R100000 were destroyed in the raging fire.

At the meeting, which was also attended by officials of the Department of Water Affairs, it was resolved that immediate action needed to be taken to correct the problems in the area.

The department has been tasked to immediately move into the municipality to investigate the problems and come up with measures that can be introduced to deal with them.

Mokoena said the department's immediate concern was to ensure that water quality was improved to satisfy all the needs of the local residents.

"I would like to appeal to the community to be patient and work with national, provincial and local government as we deal with this matter.

"The water matter is receiving urgent attention and in dealing with this problem we will seek to find a long-term solution," said Mokoena.


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