Tue. Sep 22nd, 2020

QwaQwa water crisis: Lindiwe Sisulu sets aside millions for the town

Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Lindiwe Sisulu said the department will explore the technology to address water challenges in the province.

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Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Lindiwe Sisulu has announced that government will be allocating R220m to address the water shortages at QwaQwa, in the Free State.

The lack of water availability has been the subject of protests in the town, which Sisulu visited on Thursday, 23 January 2020. The amount is in addition to the R280 million allocated to Sedibeng Water.

“We fully agree that it has taken so long for the issues related to water challenges to be addressed in this area“, Sisulu said.

“We will also explore the technology to look on various aspects that will address water challenges in the province. Sedibeng will also look on residents who have necessary skills and or technology to come forward and will assess them“, the minister said.

Water tankers to be dispatched to QwaQwa

The minister also said five thousand water tankers will be provided to the town, in attempt to provide immediate relief. The Minister said:

“We will provide 5 000 water tankers as an immediate relief within seven days to address issues of water challenge that will also assist in addressing the water harvesting challenge. This is aimed at ensuring that all households have water tankers”.

Sisulu further emphasised that providing water tankers will no longer be the municipality’s responsibility and that Sedibeng Water will ensure that all the trucks are assessed and are bought from the owners so that the function is taken over from them.

The department also agreed to equip all boreholes with immediate effect to provide water relief to the communities.

Hotline to be established to address water-related challenges

Sisulu’s department will also create a hotline to deal with all immediate challenges related to problems of water in the area, including an establishment of a steering committee to ensure that this matter is monitored and the plan is executed.

“Sedibeng Water will further establish a war room to assess the progress made, and the community members will be identified to be part of the war room“, the statement said.

Other interventions include infrastructure upgrade, drought declaration, groundwater source development, as well as an investment in sand water extraction.

Sisulu committed to returning to QwaQwa to assess the progress from her immediate interventions and has also appealed to all councillors to convene community meetings to communicate the outcomes of the interventions.

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Caption: “Qwaqwa, my people lined up to fetch water in the Kgoptjoane river, hundreds come here daily,these people are betrayed by the ANC government. But these people keep on voting the ANC government into power. These people betrayed themselves.” / Image via Twitter: @alfred_cabonena

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