Res­i­dents set to march over wa­ter

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Muzi Zin­c­ume

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.

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