Minister allays water fears
WATER Affairs Minister Ralechate ‘Mokose has promised to prioritise the construction of roads and potable water for the Motete constituency community in Butha-buthe district.
Mr ‘Mokose made the remark on Tuesday during World Water Day commemorations held in Ha-maphale village in Motete by Transformation Resource Centre (TRC).
The minister was the keynote speaker during the celebrations which were meant to focus attention on the importance of fresh water and advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.
World Water Day is an annual event celebrated globally on 22 March to bring awareness to the global water crisis.
He said an environmental assessment would be undertaken before the end of next month for the construction of five village roads.
“In the 2016/2017 financial year, six village roads; Kao to Pelaneng, ‘Muela to St Alina, ‘Malefiloane to Sebataolong, ‘Moteng to Hlakacha and Sebataolong to Ha Sello will be constructed immediately after the assessment which is expected to commence next month,” Mr ‘Mokose said.
The ministry, he said undertook a study at the behest of Motete #3 MP Tumahole Lerafa to ascertain the state of water infrastructure in the constituency.
“Among others, the findings of the study revealed that Kao villagers did not have access to water and had to walk long distances to fetch the commodity from neighbouring villages,” said Mr ‘ Mokose.
“The study also revealed that the assessment and design processes for installation of water taps was still in progress and would soon be completed.
“In Mahlekefane village, the study revealed that water taps were available but very old and needed immediate upgrading.”
He said the installation of water taps in Liqhobong, Motete, Lephatšoana, Pulane, Ha Maphale and Rampai villages would commence after the assessment and design had been completed.
“More than 400 toilets oilets have been built in areas where they were urgently needed and I promise you that more willill soon be built to complete the project,”roject,” said the minister, adding that hat bridges would also be built to make it easy for the Motete community mmunity to safely cross the Maliba-matšo a-matšo and Pelaneng rivers.
On his part, TRCRC Democracy and Human Rightsghts Officer Tsikoane Peshoane saidaid the civil society organisation’s role was to advocate for the rightht to water and sanitation.
He said they decideded to commemorate World Waterter Day in Motete so the community’s unity’s concerns could be heard by government officials.
“TRC held similar initiatives itiatives for the Katse Mapeleng, Marakabei, Tšenekeng and Ketanee communities by advocating for the provision of water and sanianitation infrastructurere through World Waterr Day commemorations in the villages,” Mr Peshoane said.
WATER Affairs Minister Ralechate ‘Mokose