Residents set to march over water
MACEKANE residents have threatened to stage a protest against the City of uMhlathuze for failing to provide them with clean, running water.
The residents claim that since year 2000, they have been struggling to get potable water.
Resident Mandla Mthembu has accused the local municipality of failing to live up to its promises.
‘Last year the city told us that an amount of R60-million had been set aside for the installation of water infrastructure in the area, but nothing has happened.
‘Last month we had a community meeting at Biyela Pay Point, attended by our Ward Cllr Mntozofika Ndlovu and city officials, who claimed that some of the R60-million budget had been used, but failed to give us an explanation.
‘They said only R12-million was left from R60million and were unable to provide answers.
‘We are giving city officials an ultimatum of four weeks to appoint a contractor to install water pipes, failing which, we will take to the streets.
‘We want to draw the attention of the entire country about this issue
City of uMhlathuze Communications Manager, Mdu Ncalane said he was unaware of the R60million budget allocation for water infrastructure.
He said the city only allocated R12-million for infrastructure development in that ward.
‘We are in the process of appointing a service provider, who will install water infrastructural development,’ he said.