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No water, so residents share well with animals

By Frank Maponya frankm@sowetan.co.za | 2009-06-24 00:00:00.0

FIFTEEN years into democracy a village in Limpopo still depends on a makeshift well for water.

Worse still, villagers are forced to share the water with animals.

The villagers of Springfield in Senwabarwana have been without this basic necessity since the dawn of democracy in 1994.

Masilong and Merakaneng have been identified as villages with similar problems.

It is estimated that each village could be occupied by no fewer than 100 households. And the villagers have accused the local Blouberg municipality of not having their interests at heart.

"The situation has put a lot of strain on villagers since it takes luck to discover a well. The place is dry," said Simon Modiba, a resident of Springfield.

Another resident, Ben Pootona, said the municipality had been dragging its feet in assisting the communities in the area.

But municipal spokesperson Nhlanhla Mashele said yesterday there was sufficient provision of water in the area.

She said "villagers preferred water from the wells because the water the municipality supplied was salty".

"We recently established a project to install boreholes in the area where we would like to mix the water from the boreholes and that from the wells with the hope that it will taste better," said Mashele.