Merafong water leakages: More sinkholes imminent

By Ina Cilliers MPL, A Constituency Head: Merafong:

Continued water leakages in Merafong are placing the lives of residents in the municipality at serious risk as signs of yet another massive sink hole are starting to show.

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Two weeks ago a sinkhole appeared in Carletonville knocking out the main water supply leaving residents without this vital resource.

While many people assume that sinkholes are a natural disaster, most are caused by water from leaking pipes seeping into dolomite.

The Executive Director of Infrastructure Development for the municipality admitted the cost to repair this damage would cost R900 million.

An additional sinkhole will deal a huge financial blow to this already mismanaged municipality – ultimately to the detriment of residents.

More than 52% of water in Merafong is lost every month due to ageing and deteriorating structures, despite the local municipality insisting that they have a water loss management plan.

These water leaks are not isolated, but are spread across the municipality. The Khutsong hostel has been without water for over six months.

The DA has, on numerous occasions called on Gauteng Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) MEC, Jacob Mamabolo, for a provincial intervention in terms of Section 139(1)(b) of the Constitution.

Time and time again our requests have been ignored while residents of Merafong are left in dire need of assistance.

The situation in Merafong is no longer tenable, and as such, the DA will request that the National Minister for COGTA, Pravin Gordhan intervene before the situation becomes a humanitarian crisis.