18 October 2018


THE OFFICIAL BOKONE BOPHIRIMA GOVERNMENT NEWSPAPER

Moretele IDP to address water and roads issues

by: Kleintjie Kraai   date: 03 August 2018

Moretele Local Municipality council has recently adopted the municipality’s Intergrated Development Plan (IDP) which focuses on the provision of clean drinking water and sanitation for the local communities. 

The municipality Mayor, Andries Monaheng, told the council meeting that water was an important commodity and crucial for life, and that sanitation was about human dignity.

“Great strides have been made towards ensuring access to water and sanitation by majority of the local community. Access to water services has improved, however, the biggest challenge is with regards to the consistency of supply,” he said.

He said while two new reservoirs were under construction to provide the much needed relief, there was a need to ensure water access to all municipality households.

“There is also a need for a high level of service which will enhance payment levels,“ he said. The Mayor also called for improvement in operations and maintenance as well as curbing illegal water connections.

Talking about sanitation, Monaheng said a plan had to be developed to give capacity to the municipality to ensure that all have access to adequate sanitation and in this instance, addressing the 44 percent of the backlog.

“This would require consideration of other alternatives to VIP toilets, considering the adverse effect this might have on the under-ground water resources,” he said.

The Mayor also said the condition of many of provincial roads required urgent attention. 

“Key economic roads that link Moretele and Tshwane are in a bad shape. These include the Makapanstad, Bosplaas to Temba road, the Dikebu, Swartdam, Motla to Soshanguve road, and the Mmakaunyane to Mabopane road,” he said. 

Many of the district roads constructed by the province years back are in a dilapidated state. The situation is severe in areas such as Maubane to Bosplaas. 

The Bedwang to Lebotlwane road is currently under construction. The provincial Department of Public Works and Roads has also appointed service providers for the regravelling of Mogogelo to Mathibestad road and the Dipetloane road.