Fresh clean drinking water is now a reality for the rural communities of eMandabeni and eMoyeni in the Inkosi Langalibalele Local Municipality. This morning MEC Hlomuka paid a special visit to these villages where he officially handed over production boreholes that were built by the department.
As part of this visit, MEC Hlomuka also handed over lightning conductors to the two villages which have had incidents in the past.
Speaking during his address to the community of eMandabeni, MEC Hlomuka encouraged residents to protect the crucial infrastructure that the department has built within their communities so that they can have water.
“One of the biggest challenges facing communities in the municipality is the damage and vandalism of critical infrastructure that brings water. Recently the village of Thembalihle in Ward 19 had no water as a result of a cable theft incident in which a pump station was ransacked by criminals who stripped it of crucial cables which negatively impacted the ability of the community to receive water” said Hlomuka.
MEC Hlomuka also called upon residents to work closely with law enforcement agencies by reporting any suspicious activities. “Our municipalities are losing millions of rands every year as a result of cable theft, this is hampering our efforts as government to bring water to our communities. We as the communities must take a stand against these criminals” added Hlomuka.
Issued by the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs