“Mathabatha’s visit didn’t address the core challenge faced by the community”

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Limpopo Premier,  Stanley Mathabatha testing some of the water taps.  Image by Otto Ngoveni. 

By Otto Ngoveni

Giyani- Limpopo Premier Chupu Stanley Mathabatha together with the leadership of Mopani District Municipality visited Makosha and Xikukwani residents on Sunday the 21st of October 2018 to map way forward on the issues affecting the provision of clean portable water as a basic service to the aforementioned communities.

The meeting was about resolving the water shortage resulting from the alleged non payment of service provided by the Department of Water and Sanitation.

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The premier was accompanied by MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development Mr Basikop Makamu, Executive Mayor of Mopani Cllr Nkakareng Rakgoale, Mayor of Greater Giyani Local Municipality Cllr Sasavona Mathebula and officials from the Lepelle Northern Water.

The Premier led the entourage to hand over water project at Makosha village.

During his speech, the premier encouraged all community members to proclaim what’s meant for them and not to sit down and fold arms.

“The ANC led government wishes to work with you when they are working to better your life, so we all need to stand up and work to better our lives”. Said the premier.

He further outlined that, after listening to community’s grievances they took step to intervene as a government.

“After there were complaints from our people that they share dirty water with animals, we deemed it necessary that we release funding to distribute water to all communities.” added Mathabatha.

Mopani District Municipality Executive Mayor, Cllr Nkakareng Rakgoale expressed her happiness after seeing running water in the nearby tap.

“We know that we still need to supply water to more people, but we are happy that there is progress and we are here to show that the water is in a good condition to be consumed.” said Cllr Rakgoale.

One of the community members, Teddy Ritshuri said the premiers visit didn’t address the core challenge they face as a community.

“Our foremost concern is that, why can’t they hand over the water project to deserving parties.” said Ritshuri

“We want to see that project reach its momentum, where we will finally see water running in all taps.” added Ritshuri.

Upon his conclusion, he alleged that Mopani District Executive Mayor lied to the premier that there are fully functioning bore holes in Makosha village.

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