VLAKPLAAS – The Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation, Lindiwe Sisulu, committed a total of 625 water storage tanks and 30 water tankers to Limpopo’s district municipalities for distribution to local communities.
The move followed the announcement of Covid-19 related national lockdown by President Cyril Ramaphosa. The department set up a National Command Centre which coordinates the distribution of water tanks to areas in need and also monitor how they were distributed.
The department said all those efforts were in response to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s call for communities to adhere to hygienic practices to combat the effects and spread of the deadly Coronavirus pandemic.
Sputnik Ratau, Department of Water and Sanitation Spokesperson, said Minister Sisulu responded to that call by appointing Rand Water to coordinate all other water entities to deliver water tanks, tankers and stand pipes to the most vulnerable communities such as rural areas and informal settlements to enable everyone to wash their hand with soap at critical times – to flatten the curve of the virus that claimed lives of thousands of people across the globe.
Ratau said the tanks were delivered to Vhembe, Sekhukhune, Capricorn and Polokwane district municipalities.
“To supplement the water tanks, the department of Water and Sanitation has also delivered 27 trucks to remote communities through its entity, Lepelle Northern Water. The tankers were delivered to Vhembe, Sekhukhune, Bela-Bela, Polokwane, Lephalale, Mogalakwena, Thabazimbi and Mokgopong/Modimolle,” said Ratau.