EFF ob­jects to plac­ing of tanks

The Rep - - CELEBRATE KOMANI - ANDISA BONANI

The Chris Hani Dis­trict Mu­nic­i­pal­ity (CHDM) is putting up Jojo tanks in sev­eral house­holds in Ez­i­be­leni as an emer­gency means to mit­i­gate and re­spond to wa­ter short­ages.

EFF branch sec­re­tary Thu­lani Bukani, who also lives in Ez­i­be­leni, was not im­pressed how­ever as he said the com­mu­nity had not been con­sulted and that while tanks were placed at cer­tain houses, these were said to be for the whole com­mu­nity.

“There was no com­mu­nity meet­ing to in­form us about the project which means we do not know the cri­te­ria that was used to select at which houses the tanks would be placed.

“From what we have seen, the tanks are only placed in houses whose mem­bers be­long to the ANC. This is a way of cam­paign­ing for votes by the ANC.”

Bukani said he wanted to know who funded the project be­cause if it was ei­ther the lo­cal or dis­trict au­thor­i­ties, it was il­le­gal for them to use gov­ern­ment money to cam­paign for a po­lit­i­cal party.

EFF branch chair Xolani Ngxathu said all they wanted as the com­mu­nity was to be part of the de­ci­sion-mak­ing re­gard­ing the place­ment of the tanks and for it to be in­clu­sive of ev­ery com­mu­nity mem­ber.

“We have a prob­lem of ward coun­cil­lors who have no re­gard for res­i­dents. It is the ward coun­cil­lor’s duty to call meet­ings when projects like these are be­ing planned,” Ngxathu said.

“We do not know how the sites were iden­ti­fied and this is not the first time com­mu­nity mem­bers are not in­formed when projects are to start. We want the project to be halted so that things are done cor­rectly and we, as the com­mu­nity mem­bers, must be al­lowed to choose for our­selves where the tanks should be placed.”

CHDM spokesper­son Thobeka Mqamelo said the project sought to sup­port ar­eas that were ad­versely af­fected by wa­ter outages and that con­sul­ta­tion meet­ings were held with af­fected ward coun­cil­lors with their ward com­mit­tee mem­bers.

“This is an emer­gency pro­gramme re­spond­ing to wa­ter short­ages in high-ly­ing ar­eas. In Ez­i­be­leni there are 16 tanks meant to be in­stalled. How­ever, 12 tanks have been in­stalled and the re­main­ing four are still out­stand­ing. These are erected within agreed upon premises to en­sure safety. The se­lected premises were agreed be­tween the coun­cil­lors and com­mu­nity mem­bers.

“As much as these are in­stalled on peo­ple’s premises, due to van­dal­ism that is ram­pant, the wa­ter tank out­lets are ex­ter­nally over­hang­ing, with stand pipes clearly lo­cated out­side yards to al­low ac­cess to other house­holds. The tanks are not fixed to houses with gut­ter link­ages, as it would be done in a nor­mal house­hold wa­ter tank.”

Mqamelo said to en­sure ev­ery­one had ac­cess to the tanks, they were placed in dif­fer­ent ar­eas to en­sure fair prox­im­ity for all com­mu­nity mem­bers in the af­fected ar­eas.

“Tanks will also be in­stalled in other high-ly­ing ar­eas of Ko­mani which in­clude Nomzamo, Magx­aki and oth­ers and con­sul­ta­tions with com­mu­nity struc­tures are un­der way.”

Mqamelo added 24 tanks would be in­stalled in af­fected ar­eas in Ko­mani and the same process fol­lowed in Ez­i­be­leni.

Pic­ture: SIMTEMBILE MGIDI

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