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R2bn for water challenges in Map

By Staff Reporter

QWAQWA – Water and sanitation Senzo Mchunu has allocated R2-billion as part of an intervention to address the water crisis in Maluti-a-Phofung .

This was disclosed by head of cooperative governance and traditional affairs Mokete Duma when briefing the media on the interventions of the provincial and national governments in water and electricity challenges in the municipality.

“Part of the intervention is as commitment made by Minister Mchunu, who has allocated R2-billion for the municipality to deal with the water treatment plant and the entire issues of water in the municipality. The second approach was for Eskom to take over so problems of electricity can be a thing of the past.”

Duma said the water and sanitation department, as funder, will use its utility entity Bloem Water to implement the project.

Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu.

He said this would be done in line with an amendment made to the Revenue Act, which allows the department that has funded the infrastructure to be an implementing agent.

Despite being invited by the Maluti-a-Phofung coalition government to address the council Duma could not, because the special council sitting adjourned after the leader of  AULA Lebohang Rapule, who has tabled motion of no confidence against executive mayor, speaker and chief whip, raised a concern against discussing any other matter before his motion could be dealt with.

Rapuleng cited standing order and rules that govern motions that were not followed, and the council concurred with him, leading to the adjournment.