Wednesday, June 12, 2024

South Africa: Govt Commits to Resolve Rustenburg Water, Sanitation Woes

Water and Sanitation Deputy Minister, Judith Tshabalala, has assured residents in the Rustenburg Local Municipality, who are affected by sewer blockages and overflowing manholes, that their challenges will be resolved.

Tshabalala met with the residents of Zanniaville, Zeindeling and Boom during a ministerial oversight visit in Rustenburg Local Municipality, North West, on Tuesday.

Tshabalala visited the province to assess its state and challenges, with the aim of crafting solutions to the water and sanitation challenges in Rustenburg.

The Deputy Minister’s visit was prompted by the municipality’s challenge with the drinking water supply, which has resulted in intermittent supply and rationing of water, with the failure of the sewer network infrastructure causing the overflow of manholes.

Tshabalala met with various representatives from organisations, including Bojanala District Municipality, Magalies Water, Royal Bafokeng, Zinniaville Ratepayers’ Association, Rand Water, Glencore, Elands Mines, Anglo Platinum, Sibanye Water and the Business Chamber.

Following the engagement with the stakeholders, the Deputy Minister visited Zanniaville, Zeindeling and Boom, which are some of the residential areas that are badly affected by manholes overflowing and blockages of sewers.

Tshabalala told the residents that the department is going to monitor the situation very closely.

“I am told that a contractor has been appointed to fix all these blockages and spillages and they will be commencing on 1 June 2023. We will come back soon. Our people deserve better,” Tshabalala said.

She also slammed the bureaucratic processes that delay procurement progress, which in turn denies people services.

Tshabalala heard that the municipality is also encountering some water supply shortages in different areas due to various reasons, including load shedding affecting the Magalies water supply and Bospoort Water Treatment Works (WTA) supply areas, as well as breakdowns due to pipe bursts.

The capacity of Bospoort Water Treatment Works (WTW) is 12 megalitres per day (Ml/d).

In an effort to address the issue of water supply that gets interrupted due to load shedding, the municipality said it has written a letter to Eskom requesting to be exempted from load shedding at Bospoort WTW.