The Executive Mayor Cllr J Mpe convened a meeting with the leaders of Community Structures of Ga-Mphahlele to resolve their water services challenges. The meeting took place on 13 March 2018 at Lepelle-Nkumpi. The area has been having water challenges and some shortages that led to the Community marching against the Lepelle-Nkumpi municipality to find solutions.
The Executive Mayor and Lepelle-Nkumpi leadership were able to resolve the matter by ensuring that the two approved new water projects were handed over and the contractor and engineers were introduced to the Community. The challenges at Maejane and Seleteng villages which are having water reticulation challenges, will see a visual assessment which will be carried out in the villages to identify the water status quo. Lepelle Northern Water will also ensure that the villages continue to receive water on allocated days without disrupting other communities.
“After the assessment is done, a scope of work will be established in order to provide a certain level of service to the Community” the Executive Mayor said. It was resolved that on the 20th a community meeting with the Mphahlele cluster will be organised to clarify the matter with community members. CDM is the Water Services Authority (WSA) and any related water issues under Blouberg, Molemole and Lepelle-Nkumpi municipalities should be directed to CDM, except in Polokwane which is a WSA on its own. The Executive Mayor urged local Councillors to take the lead and respond to issues of services delivery in a manner that will allow members of the community to be empowered and have information.
CONSTITUTION OF SOUTH AFRICA ACT NO.108 OF 1996, Section 156 (1) (d) read with Schedule 4 Part B empowers the District Municipality as a local government to administer water and sanitation services limited to potable water supply systems and domestic waste water and sewage disposal systems. Thus, CDM as a WSA has the constitutional obligation to ensure that people have sustainable access to water and sanitation services.