South Africa: Premier Bushy Maape Calls On Challenges Relating to Water Provision

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Premier Maape calls for a swift resolution of challenges relating to water provision

North West Premier, Bushy Kaobitsa Maape, has called for a speedy resolution to the challenges of water provision in the province. The Honourable Premier convened a special meeting today with the MEC for Corporative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs, Hon Lena Miga, officials of different municipalities, Provincial Departments and Water Boards. The Premier has established a team that will continue to monitor water services provision daily and ensure complete stability in all four districts of the province.

MEC Lena Miga has also engaged municipalities and Sedibeng Water in an effort to resolve outstanding issues and municipalities have pledged to service their debt with the water utility. Mahikeng was hit hard by water shortages in certain areas and by yesterday afternoon, teams from both Ngaka Modiri Molema district and Mahikeng local municipalities were working on pumping water to all the reservoirs. Areas that get their supply of water through the Mmabatho Water Treatment Plant started receiving water late yesterday. The water has also been restored in Maquassi Hills local municipality and efforts are continuing to stabilize the situation further, especially in Wolmaransstad and Lebaleng. There are still pockets of inadequate supply in Dr Ruth Segomotso Mompati District Municipality and work is continuing to ensure that services are improved.

While the supply of water is adequate in most areas of the province, Premier Maape has instructed officials to find a lasting solution to those areas which are experiencing challenges of water provision, while at the same time implementing interim arrangements to ensure access to water in the short term.

The Deputy Minister of Water and Sanitation, Honourable David Mahlobo, will tomorrow visit Ngaka Modiri Molema District in Mahikeng, as part of supporting the provincial government to address these challenges relating to the inadequate supply of water in some areas.

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