Madibeng District Municipality and Majakaneng in NW Province Get Water

Majakaneng – Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane says she is happy with the progress made in ensuring that people in Madibeng District Municipality and Majakaneng in North West Province, have access to quality water.

Minister Mokonyane visited the district on Friday to assess progress and the work that has been done regarding water supply in the area. This followed a call by North West Premier, Supra Mahumapelo to the national government to intervene in the water and sanitation situation in Madibeng.

Up to R454 million has been set aside in this financial year help resolve the problems of water supply in the district.

The Minister also visited Brits Water Treatment and Majakaneng Reservoir.

As part of the interventions in Majakaneng Village, the department has filled the reservoir with 10 megalitres of water that is supplying water to local residents. The reservoir has been without water for the past eight years.

The department has also distributed 21 water tanks in the area and connected four boreholes to the reservoir. The capacity of water treatment plant is also going to be increased.

“We are putting new pipes, educating the community, and for the first time, there’s a community water forum working together with the government.

“We are embarking on a programme of empowering our people in knowing what the issues are in avoiding vandalism and theft, but where there’s work in progress, we must keep our community on board as to why there would be water suspension as we upgrade,” the Minister said.

Twenty seven municipalities prioritised

At least 27 municipalities have been prioritised by government, including the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, which is the only metro that requested intervention as part of the Back to Basics initiative.

Minister Mokonyane emphasised the need for municipalities to have better plans in operation so that they don’t do “guess work” but work on real evidence.

“We have municipalities that have been assigned responsibilities to be water authorities, but we’ve realised that a one size fits all is not the right answer. We need to ensure that we capacitate the municipalities and they capacitate themselves.

“They need to have good men and women with capability to deal with the responsibility. They need a plan, Madibeng has no sustainable water plan and we are working on it. Madibeng must have operations and operations plan….we are dealing with that.”