Minister admits to Kraaipan water problems after DA’s exposure of 10 000 residents sharing one tap

By Leon Basson MP, DA Shadow Deputy Minister of Water and Sanitation:

During an oversight visit on 20 September in Kraaipan Village, 70 km outside Mahikeng, the Democratic Alliance in the North West discovered that 10 000 residents used only one water tap.

The Old Kraaipan area has no sustainable water supply and residents were unaware of when they will actually have water.

In a letter sent to the Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane on 21 September 2015, the DA requested the Minister’s urgent intervention in Kraaipan.

The Minister responded to the DA’s in her letter dated 14 October 2015 and acknowledged that Kraaipan Village is entirely dependent on ground water that has to be consumed by both humans and the livestock in the area.

After a site inspection by the Administrator of the Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality and officials from Sedibeng Water, it was discovered that mechanical failure in some of the boreholes and also the delay in acquiring the relevant equipment to attend to the breakdown are the main reasons for the lack of water in Kraaipan.

Minister Mokonyane made the following commitment in her reply to the DA’s request for intervention:

  1. Kraaipan Village need bulk water supply in order to have a backup source that will bring a relief to current sources.
  2. The Department of Water and Sanitation made R 211,12 million available through the Regional Bulk Infrastructure Grant (RBIG) for the Ratlou Bulk Water Supply Project that will include the following areas Letsepa Side, Ga Thula, New Kraaipan, Old Kraaipan, Tlhakajeng, Dirubi and Morakwa
  3. Sedibeng Water has been appointed as an implementing agent for Ngaka Modiri Molema DM
  4. A Professional Service Provider appointed to undertake the study on groundwater supply.
  5. The scope of work entails the development of 4 new boreholes, refurbishment of the existing 12 boreholes.
  6. Construction of a new water rising main from equipped boreholes to the existing elevated steel reservoirs.
  7. Construction of a new elevated steel reservoir including a chlorination station.

The DA will continue to uncover the government’s failures and we will fight to correct them as we have done in Kraaipan. Access to sufficient water is a right that is protected in the Constitution.

The DA will bring Freedom, Fairness and Opportunity to the community of Kraaipan and keep the ANC government accountable. We will continue to monitor the progress of this project that is envisaged to be completed by the end of 2017.