R9 Million Earmarked to Resolve Majakaneng Water Problems
North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo on Saturday announced a R9 million cash injection to develop water infrastructure in Majakaneng.
He said a contractor was already on site and would work together with Magalies Water, Sedibeng Water, the Department of Water and Sanitation, the Madibeng Local Municipality and Bapo-ba-Mogale Tribal Authority to ensure that water is restored by the end of next week.
The Premier was speaking at a meeting with the residents of Majakaneng to discuss feasible solutions to the service delivery challenges which led to a week-long protest by the community. Residents barricaded the N4 between Rustenburg and Pretoria and prevented learners from attending school.
He pleaded with the community to cooperate with the appointed contractor, saying the provision of water in the area will be done in phases. The second phase will be implemented through the R9 million that has been set aside.
The Premier was accompanied by the MEC for Local Government and Human Settlements, the Mayors of Bojanala Platinum District and Madibeng Local Municipality, as well as the Chief Executive Officer of Bapo-ba-Mogale Tribal Authority.
Responding to some of the service delivery challenges raised by the community, the Premier announced immediate interventions, which he said were earmarked for Majakaneng only.
He said the Bojanala Platinum District Municipality will lead a process to make relevant resources available for the access roads project to commence. Due to commence on 10 February 2015, this project will prioritise roads leading to service delivery sites such as schools and health facilities.
He urged members of the community who needed houses to register their names with the Department of Local Government and Human Settlements to determine the housing development needs of Majakaneng. This would inform a housing project which is to be initiated.
Premier Mahumapelo urged the community to work together with the provincial government and ensure that peace and stability prevail in the area.
“We must remain united as a society, and focus our energies towards reconciling and renewing our province. We assure you of our firm commitment to ensuring that basic services are delivered as planned, and that constant engagements with you on these issues are not taken for granted,” the Premier told the community.
Premier Mahumapelo said more meetings will be held in future to further engage the residents about progress made and plans for the future.
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