Msane now heads Ekurhuleni water and energy

One of the most challenging portfolios in Ekurhuleni gets a new MMC.

Water and energy, a portfolio facing some of the greatest challenges in the City of Ekurhuleni (CoE), has a new MMC.

Also read: Power outage interrupts water supply in Germiston

This comes amidst growing concerns regarding service delivery in Ekurhuleni.

Executive Mayor of the CoE, Sivuyile Ngodwana, announced changes to the composition of the mayoral committee on October 9.

Leshaka Manamela takes the oath of office.

Thembi Msane has been appointed MMC for Water, Sanitation and Energy. Leshaka Manamela is now head of the environment and waste management services.

Germiston has been plagued by prolonged water and power outages in recent months, aggravated by financial pressure on residents and businesses paying out of their pockets to run generators and for alternative power sources.

Also read: Better Bedfordview wants answers about water leaks from CoE

Added to that are ongoing problems with water outages in the Germiston area. Residents have complained about increasing health risks due to a lack of water.

Neighbouring suburb Bedfordview has been plagued by water leaks, with a residents group Better Bedfordview announcing on October 10 that its committee has run out of patience with the increasing number of water leaks in and around our streets.

Also read: Watch: Vandalism results in Germiston water supply interruption

“Bedfordview has essentially become like a sieve with the number of unattended water leaks constituting criminal neglect on the part of council officials,” said Better Bedfordview chairperson Marina Constas.

Also read: Germiston business threatened by water outage

Both MMCs Msane and Manamebla took the oath of office on October 9 in Germiston.

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