Thursday, 23 January 2020

Qwaqwa: Premier Sisi Ntombela and Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Lindiwe Sisulu today held engagements with the council of Maluti-a-Phofung local municipality.

This was as a result of water shortage in QwaQwa, which have resulted in the ‘shutdown’ of QwaQwa. Minister Sisulu outlined a number of short-term measures which are intended to ensure the provision of water in the area.

Some of these measures include inspection of boreholes in QwaQwa to ensure that they provide water to residents and provision of 5 000 water tankers in the area. Minister Sisulu assured those in attendance that these interventions will be implemented in seven (7)days.

Premier Ntombela said these will ensure that residents, particularly the vulnerable, receive water.

“The shortage of water affects all of us because our province has been declared a water disaster area, but we are confident that these interventions will assist our people,” said Premier Ntombela.

A steering committee will also be established to communicate with both the Minister and the Premier, with the view of fast tracking solutions in regards to water.

Together with Minister Sisulu, they promised to visit QwaQwa in six (6)weeks to assess the progress made.

A three-day shutdown by residents has been suspended temporarily.