Vandalism and theft rear their ugly heads in community aid project

MOTETI – Five pipes and taps connected to four water storage tanks that aid community members’ easy access to the commodity have been vandalized and stolen in Moteti village outside Dennilton.

The pipes and taps in question were put in place as part of Sekhukhune District Municipality’s (SDM) effort to address water challenges among communities through water storage tanks’ installations, as a short term intervention, to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

SDM said it received a total of 80 water tanks from the Department of Water and Sanitation and 70 more Lebalelo Water User Association, a consortium comprising mainly mining companies, donated.

Stanley Ramaila, SDM Executive Mayor, said 150 water tanks were equitably distributed in all four local municipalities.

Ramaila said Fetakgomo-Tubatse Local Municipality was allocated 55 storage tanks, Makhuduthamaga 35 and both Elias Motsoaledi and Ephraim Mogale local municipalities were allocated 30 of the tanks.

The executive mayor said as of Sunday, 26 April 2020, a total of 101 water storage tanks’ stands were built and 92 mounted as the work continued.

According to the district municipality it continued to engage relevant stakeholders with the aim to provide other villages with the storage tanks.

It further informed that in addition to the storage tanks, the department gave four tankers that would fill and replenish the storage tanks.

“We also received four tankers from Lebalelo Water User Association. The association has promised to give us five more tankers in the next two weeks, and as the district municipality we will purchase three more tankers after reprioritizing the Municipal Infrastructure Grant,” said Ramaila.

According to the district municipality Lepelle Northern Water appointed a professional service provider to oversee implementation of the Moutse Drought Relief programme.

The area was declared a disaster one last year as a result of drought conditions. Subsequently, the Department of Water and Sanitation allocated R143 million to resuscitate boreholes and provide storage tanks while awaiting completion of Moutse Bulk Water project.

“We encourage communities to isolate criminals who destroy their property and report them to the police,” concluded Ramaila.

Thapelo Motseo

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