Residents demand answers on the halted over R20 million worth water project

GA-PHAAHLA – Members of the community in Ga-Phaahla Village in Mohlakeng area outside Jane Furse demand answers after the over R20 million worth water project in the area came to a complete halt for reasons not known to them.

 According to the residents the project started in September 2017 and it had since been left without completion, with no answers coming from the district municipality.

 Now, frustrations among the members of the community are mounting as they are left in limbo without explanations on the state of non-completion of the water project.

The residents say the situation exacerbate their plight of lack of access to water in the area because the commencement of the project more than two years ago raised their hopes.

They added that several attempts to get updates from Sekhukhune District Municipality (SDM) with regard to the halted project bore no fruits.

Omega Mokiri, a resident, said members of the community’s patience were running out because none from the authorities were informing them on the project.

Mokiri said they needed answers from the district municipality on why the project remained stuck and not continuing to help people get water.

“We are forced to buy water for between R40 and R50 per 250 l tank for households’ usage. Some of us are dependent on water from neighbouring streams. This is really saddening to the people. The contractor has left the water purification plant incomplete and did not finish the work with taps installation. We need help,” said Mokiri.

Mentu Mamphekgo, also a resident, said the situation faced by the community was heartbreaking and it showed that the area was not considered as existing.

“We are really disappointed by this. We tried calling the district municipality officials and worst, they are now not answering our calls,” said Mamphekgo.

However, Moloko Moloto, SDM Communications Manager, said the project in the area was almost complete and that on Tuesday, Eskom would be on site to energise one of the last two transformers and they expected them to finish on the same day.

Moloto said once that was done, possibly on Wednesday they would test the entire project by first, pumping water through the water treatment plant into the reservoirs and release it into the rest of the reticulation system.

He said their hope was that they would have no technical challenges that would cause delays as they tested and that if all went well, they would commission immediately.

But the residents told the paper that the district municipality was lying because the plant itself was not ready.    

Thapelo Motseo

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