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Water relief for tribal courts at Nkandla

This brings King Cetshwayo District Municipality’s (KCDM) water tanker fleet to 52

KING Cetshwayo District’s water issues will be resolved within the next three years.

This was District Mayor Thami Ntuli’s vow when he addressed Nkandla communities on Friday.

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He was speaking at the official handover of 10 water tankers at an event held at Nkandla sport ground, and attended by Amakhosi and government dignitaries from across the region.

This brings King Cetshwayo District Municipality’s (KCDM) water tanker fleet to 52. Ntuli further said the district was phasing out tendered water trucks, citing cost-saving measures and job creation.

“Today, we are officially handing over these trucks and introducing the drivers to assist in the plight of water shortages in the four local municipalities,” said Ntuli.

“We understand this journey won’t be an easy one because, when people are given an opportunity, they usually abuse that by not performing well or by misusing the resources.”

Ntuli emphasised that drivers who misuse the municipal fleet for personal gain and favours would be dealt with decisively.

In areas where the municipality is faced with problems installing water infrastructure, tanks will be placed as a temporary measure and will be located at tribal courts across the district.

Speaking on behalf of traditional leadership, Inkosi BP Biyela said leaders such as mayors ought to have ideas that must be implemented for the development of the people they lead, and must deliver that which they were elected for.

“They must do this in collaboration with all the collectives elected by the people. Leaders should live by example and be ashamed of failure,” said Biyela.

“Therefore, what we see here today shows the current leadership has ideas and they understand what the people want. “Water is an everyday necessity, without which there is no life.” Biyela said the water tankers would add value to the existing facilities.



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