By Kingsol Chabalala MPL, DA Evaton Constituency Head:
In a written response to a DA question, Gauteng cooperative governance MEC Jacob Mamabolo indicated that the Sedibeng Regional Sewer scheme (SRRS) has been delayed.
The SRRS announced by National water Minister and former Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane last month is expected to bring solutions to raw sewage spillage and act as a key propeller to human development.
Water waste treatment scheme is an important project for the Sedibeng municipal district and will assist with the eradication of pit toilets and address aging sewer infrastructure.
According to StatsSA, 6.2% of Emfuleni residents, and 6.7% of Lesedi residents use pit toilets without ventilation – both of which are in the Sedibeng municipal region.
The DA hopes that unlike the Evaton Renewal Project, where over R58 million has been spent with no visible difference, the SRRS will bring about real change in the lives of Sedibeng’s residents.
In addition to improving people’s living conditions, the scheme will also create jobs for local residents and empower small businesses – and not just ANC members who are politically connected.
The waste water treatment project will assist with the creation of self-help initiatives, and the spin-offs will give local residents the opportunity to build a better future.