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Tendering of water supply services in the North West Province is slowly but surely being phased out. This steadfast stance emerged yesterday, Thursday 17 December at Moruleng village, where the Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane handed over six (6) water tankers to Premier Supra Obakeng Ramoeletsi Mahumapelo.
Valued at around R1.3 million each, the tankers that are state property will be distributed to the Local Municipalities in Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality as part of the water provision intervention the Department is bringing to the Province.
These trucks are much cheaper compared to what government is spending on tenders for water tankering. Since these are state owned assets, the Provincial Government will use them on the basis of its water provision plan, while at the same time working together with the National Department to find sustainable solutions to water problems that are being experienced in the Province said Minister Mokonyane who called on communities and government officials to look after these trucks and guard against their vandalism.
Minister Mokonyane further confirmed that some more water tankers will be delivered to the Province in the new financial year, this in an effort to capacitate the most affected municipalities to reach out to the communities. Accepting the delivery of these water tankers, Premier Mahumapelo said the Provincial Government was happy to have been prioritised for delivery of this first batch of trucks, saying he is hopeful that the municipalities will properly communicate schedules for water provision to affected areas, and that the communities will as the beneficiaries of this service, not allow space for anybody who wants to disrupt the operation of the trucks.
What we have witnessed today is part of the radical socio-economic transformation agenda. We are, as the Provincial Government, elated by the fact that when we requested the Department of Water and Sanitation to intervene, the Minister responded positively and with immediate effect to our request. This means from now on hence forth, people from our rural areas who do not have access to water, will now have water, said Premier Mahumapelo.
The newly appointed Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Mr David van Rooyen and the Executive Mayor of Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality Cllr Justice Makolomakwa attended the handing over ceremony. The trucks were immediately after being handed over to the Premier, taken to the Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality.