KZN MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Sipho Hlomuka this morning visited the uThukela district’s Winterton Water Treatment plant where he was assessing and monitoring the delivery of water to rural communities.

During his visit Hlomuka was accompanied by the uThukela district Mayor Cllr Mazibuko, Okhahlamba Mayor Cllr Ndlangisa and the Chairperson of the uThukela district Local House of Traditional Leaders Inkosi Sithole.

Under the leadership of MEC Hlomuka, the department has deployed 4000 static tanks to the Water Service Authorities across the province with the aim of bringing water closer to communities.

In his address when touring the plant, Hlomuka urged officials in the uThukela district to utilise the 180 static tanks that have been provided by his department to bring water closer to communities.

“We are all concerned about the availability of water in our province and country. As officials within this district which is a Water Service Authority, you have the responsibility of ensuring that water is provided to communities who need it to continue with their lives. As a department, we have made several interventions in this district which includes the transfer of R15- million in January this year to upgrade the Moyeni/Zwelisha and Bergville Water Supply schemes, which will bring much-needed water to these communities,” said Hlomuka.

Hlomuka also visited the towns of Ladysmith and Bergville where he visited several SASSA pay points to monitor their compliance with Covid-19 regulations. The delegation also took part in a roadblock in both of these towns where law enforcement agencies were checking motorists in line with the lockdown regulations.