Emalahleni must seek help to resolve water crisis

Watty Watson MP

DA Chief Whip

The Nkangala District Municipality (NDM) must immediately comply with its Constitutional mandate and provide desperately needed water and sewage infrastructure to the eMalahleni municipality.

Currently NDM has financial reserves of close on R500 million in investment accounts, and has access to R180 million on immediate notice. It is unthinkable how a district municipality can authorise the expenditure on a lavish office complex in Middelburg, while a few kilometres to the west residents live under a constant cloud of uncertainty of their water supply.

Furthermore, how does NDM justify not spending close on half a billion rand on infrastructure development, when the Municipal Structures Act clearly states that district municipalities must provide bulk infrastructure development in the district, and to build capacity in local municipalities when they are unable to.

That said, the DA today wrote to the Speaker of the eMalahleni municipality requesting an urgent extraordinary council meeting where a resolution be taken to request urgent infrastructure development assistance from NDM.

The DA can’t overemphasise the urgency of the matter, as everyday people are forced to go without water almost somewhere in eMalahleni, despite their Constitutional right of access to clean water.

Both the eMalahleni and Nkangala municipalities must cut the red tape and get down to business, before the water supply crisis spirals completely out of control.

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