North West Premier Job Mokgoro has met with relevant stakeholders in an effort to tackle water shortage challenges in the Madibeng and Rustenburg municipalities, the South African government news agency reports.
Accompanied by MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) Mmoloki Cwaile, Mokgoro met with representatives from the mining giants including Impala, Samancor and Sibanyi, as well as the leadership of Madibeng and Rustenburg local municipalities.
The purpose of the meeting held at the Madibeng Local Municipality, was to come up with a workable plan of dealing with the water crisis in Segwaelane, Makolokwe, Barseba and Bethanie.
The villages have been experiencing water shortage for some time. The meeting also heard that illegal connections impact negatively on the reduction of pressure, drilling of boreholes and rehabilitation of the existing ones.
Mokgoro and Cwaile also met with representatives of Segwaelane, Makolokoe and Barseba to update them on government’s efforts to resolve the water challenge in their areas.
The Premier promised affected communities a speedy resolution to their challenges, and reiterated that a permanent solution will be to replace ageing asbestos pipes, with proper PVC (polyvinyl chloride) pipes to reduce water wastage of leaks and illegal connections.