George Mari, MPP
DA KZN Spokesperson on Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA)
UNTIL recently the community of Oakford, on KwaZulu-Natal’s North Coast, had to collect their drinking water from a stream 350m away or from the local school approximately half a kilometre away. This week, they were the joyful recipients of a 4 000 litre Jo Jo tank after the Democratic Alliance stepped in.
The settlement, referred to as Oakford-Stimelani due its long buildings which resemble a train, is impoverished with many residents unemployed. The plight of the community was recently brought to the attention of the DA. Local PR Ward Councillor, Chris Langa, Community Operations Manager, Anil Singh and a group of party activists rallied around and found a Jo Jo tank donor in the form of Pastor Bongani Dhlamini of Verulam. Pastor Dhlamini heads Word Fire Ministries with a growing congregation of over 150 people.
On Monday this week I had the privilege of assisting with the delivery of the tank to an overjoyed Oakford community. I have also made contact with KZN COGTA MEC, Nomusa Dube, with a request that regular delivery of water to this tank is expedited, which she has agreed to follow up on. Some minor piping repairs and a tap for the tank are still needed before it is operational, which the DA will attend to.
Access to water is something that so many take for granted – yet for this community it was a daily challenge. The DA is proud to have been a part of this initiative which proves that with a little effort it is possible to make a world of difference.