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‘Budget speech says nothing about fixing illegal water connection here’

Residents in Mamelodi are unconvinced that the metro will fix the dry tap problem.

Mamelodi residents plagued by water shortages claim the latest Tshwane metro budget will not solve their problems.

The budget recently approved by the Tshwane council set aside R536-million to fix the water and sanitation problems in the metro.

The residents said this amount is not enough to resolve the dry water tap problem and illegal water connections in the area.

Thokozane Mnisi (52) of Mahube Valley Ext 3 said: “Our lives have been turned upside down because of a shortage of tap water to our houses.

We were told water shortages in some parts of Mahube Valley were caused by land invaders next to Mamelodi reservoirs.

The budget is out, and a lot of money was allocated for water and sanitation, yet nothing is said about fixing the water shortage crisis.”

She said this is unfair to residents of Mahube Valley and other places like Ikageng and Phase 4, who are experiencing dry taps in their homes.

“Water shortages have for far too long plagued these areas, and Tshwane metro should have resolved it by now.

We are paying for rates and services every month, but we have no water. Our taps are always running dry, and the only time we get water is in the early hours around 03:00.

Land invaders illegally connect water from Mamelodi reservoirs.

We were told so many stories about the illegal water connections at the reservoirs.

“Tshwane Metro once said they have approached the courts to begin the process of evicting illegal land invaders near the Mamelodi reservoir,” said Mnisi.

Mnisi said at some point the metro said it had reported the water crisis in Ikageng extension to the provincial government yet to date nothing had changed.

She said the shortages also affected Emasangweni Primary School and led to fed-up parents shutting down the school two days before the school holidays.

Other residents claimed it seemed the metro thought deploying water tankers to provide water to affected areas had resolved the problem.

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Brenda Mogagula agreed that the situation “is out of hand”.

“We are unable to wash, bathe, and cook,” said Magagula.

“Tshwane metro must use the water and sanitation budget wisely and resolve illegal water connections at the reservoir.”

Tshwane MMC for Finance Jacqui Uys said the metro committed significant resources towards ensuring that “we provide our residents with clean, potable water”.

“Our water and sanitation department has allocated approximately R536-million to fixing the problem in the 2024-25 financial year.”

She said the key projects included:

– Keeping their promise to Hammanskraal residents to upgrade the Rooiwal wastewater treatment works at the cost of R150 million for Phase 1. This project is managed by the Development Bank of Southern Africa.
– Upgrading the Sunderland Ridge wastewater treatment works for R84-million
– Replacing worn-out water network pipes for R66-million
– Providing sewer reticulation at Ekangala for R42-million
– Building the Parkmore Reservoir for R30-million
– Replacing worn-out water pipes for R39.5-million
– Refurbishing and upgrading Bronkhorstspruit Water Treatment Plant for R14-million.

“We care about the provision of potable water and uninterrupted power supply to our residents,” Uys said.

“As such, we have ensured that we allocate about 49% of the capital budget towards upgrading the electrical grid and water infrastructure in Tshwane.

This amounts to approximately R1-billion of the capital budget, and speaks to our commitment to water and electricity issues,” she concluded.

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