Ditsobotla vs Drakenstein paints a sad picture

By Jacqueline Theologo (MPL), DA Constituency Head, Ditsobotla:

The Democratic Alliance in North West is concerned that provincial interventions in municipalities are failing.

This comes after Ditsobotla once again made the news headlines for all the wrong reasons. This area continues to struggle with sewage problems and water shortages, despite numerous calls to Collen Maine, MEC for Local Government and Human Settlements in the Provincial Legislature to stop all interventions and rather look for an alternative, long term solution.

Ditsobotla has battled for more than a decade with various problems and the Municipality’s Annual Report has again reflected a lack of skills, maladministration and fraud

During the 2009/2010 Budget Speech of the Department of Local Government and then Traditional Affairs, MEC Gordon Kegakilwe said: “…it pains my heart to admit that there is indeed a lack of good governance in some municipalities and this has resulted in decision paralysis followed by the collapse of administration and service delivery”.

The Government’s white paper entitled Water is Life, Sanitation is dignity articulates government’s commitment to the provision of at least basic water and service to all people living in SA. It states further that the provision of water and sanitation remains an important policy concern.

Regulation 3 relating to the Compulsory National Standards and Measures to conserve water says a municipality is obligated to provide each resident with access to at least 25 litres of water per day at a water connection within 200m of each of the resident’s household.

Unfortunately it is the residents who cannot afford to buy water and erect water tanks who suffer the most. Access to water and sanitation is a basic human right and is protected within the Constitution.

The DA has requested that Parliament’s Water Committee be presented with the criteria for selecting candidates in the newly announced War of leaks campaign.

The ANC is well known for using programmes to dish out jobs to pals ahead of elections. The real solution is to address the deteriorating bulk water infrastructure, not just patch up leaks.