Zululand Observer - Weekender

Water issues to be addressed

- Tamlyn Jolly

AFTER a spate of unruly protests in the far northern reaches of Zululand, provincial government paid a visit and vowed to turn around the water crisis causing the conflict.

KZN MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditiona­l Affairs (COGTA), Sipho Hlomuka, on Monday visited the residents of Skhemelele in the uMhlabuyal­ingana municipal area to hear their concerns and address their complaints.

After engaging with the protesters, he proposed some options which the department would look into to address the area’s water needs for both the long and short term.

‘We are concerned about what has transpired in this area where residents do not have access to clean drinking water while they have the Shemula Water Scheme not too far away,’ he said.

‘We are looking at various options, which include reticulati­on of the water scheme to ensure that members of this community benefit as well.

‘We are also looking at bringing in water tankers as a short-term relief measure while we map out the best way to address the concerns of the community in the long run.’

He promised to meet with the community again soon to provide concrete steps to address issues.

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