By Jacques Smalle (MPL), DA spokesperson for COGHSTA:
The DA in Limpopo notes with deep concern the plight of drought stricken communities in the Sekhukhune area despite being close to the non-functioning De Hoop dam, opened by President Zuma more than 20 months ago.
The people of Ga-Mashabela and Ga-Marishane continue to walk long distances through thorny bush and unsafe routes to fetch water. This is despite the R 3 billion De Hoop dam being a stone throw away.
Water from the dam will alleviate their plight and further boost the Sekhukhune area into an emerging industrial player.
An uninterrupted supply of water in the area has the potential of unlocking the platinum mining sector which can greatly reduce the current 50.3% unemployment rate.
More than 25 000 households in the area rely on subsistence farming and the area has high poverty levels with a weak economic base.
The De Hoop Dam is evidence that there is no good story to tell under an ANC –led government.
After voting for the DA in 2016, the people of Sekhukhune will enjoy their Constitutional right to adequate service delivery while 7% of MIG grants will be specially designated for the maintenance of critical infrastructure.
The DA will write questions to the MEC of COGHSTA to interrogate her plans for dealing with the non- functioning De Hoop dam as well as how she intends to speed up the implementation of Bulk Water Supply infrastructure across different municipalities in Limpopo.