Economic Freedom Fighters deputy leader Floyd Shivambu on Saturday promised residents of drought-stricken Bushbuckridge in Mpumalanga a consistent water supply if his party wins the municipality in the August 3 municipal elections.
The EFF’s priority in the community was a water supply in each household and to do away with communal taps, he told supporters at the Shatale sports ground.
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The majority of communities in the Bushbuckridge local municipality still obtain drinking water from the rivers, while the few who can afford it have opted to install their own boreholes. This has been a problem for a number of years despite the over R1 billion that government has invested in the Injaka Dam bulk water supply project which is aimed at improving the dire water shortage situation in the area.
“We are going to give you water. The priority of the EFF in this community when we take over the municipality after the upcoming local government elections, which are in about three weeks, is to give the Bushbuckridge community water in their own houses, not the communal taps which are currently in some areas, because water is the basic necessity that must be given to the people,” Shivambu said.
During Shivambu’s campaigning in the Bushbuckridge communities of Shatale and Acornhoek, residents complained of a lack of jobs, the unavailability of clinics in most villages, poor roads infrastructure, and housing problems.
Speaking at the Greenvalley sports ground in Acornhoek, Shivambu repeated his promises.
“We are going to make sure, ourselves as the leadership at national level, that the issue of water in this area is resolved correctly because that is the most important thing that we are going to focus on. All these other issues that you have raised as the community, we are going to make sure that we deliver on your wishes. We will ensure that there is a clinic for every ward because we understand that a ward is comprised of a population of between 4 000 and 8 000 people, so at least for every 8 000 people there must be a specific clinic that helps people from that particular ward,” Shivambu said.
– African News Agency (ANA)