Dec 2, 2021

Residents Shutdown Water Treatment Plant In Venda

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“Part of the problem has been the non-functional pump station pumping water from Tshiulungoma to Mutoti village,” said Kobe.

FILE PHOTO: Nandoni Water Treatment Plant supply water to the Malamulele Area as well as a clear water pipeline to Giyani. PICTURE: South Zambezi

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VENDA: The department has expressed its disappointment by the behaviour of the residents and they condemn the shutdown of the water treatment plant.

Aggressive residents protested for Nandoni Water Treatment Plant, which has resulted in the shutdown of the water treatment plant in Tshiulungoma and Muloti villages in Limpopo.

Department of Water and Sanitation in Limpopo is disappointed by the behavior of the residents and they condemn the shutdown of water treatment plant.

Lucy Kobe, the Provincial Head of Water and Sanitation, explained that the protestors overpowered the security personnel guarding the plant and took the keys.

The bad behavioral of the protestors has affected water supply to communities that are benefiting from the plant.

“These acts of criminality have no place in Limpopo and whatever issues community members feel aggrieved by should not lead to the shutdown of the plant,” said Kobe.

According to the constitution, everyone has the right to protest but no one has the right to infringe on someone else’s right to have access to water,” added Kobe.

Kobe shows that such conduct has negative implications on service delivery, compliance of municipalities and water wastage that cannot be afforded in the midst of unreliable rainfall.

“The protestors also endangered the lives of the people guarding the plant, something that is against the law as well and we condemn that,” said Kobe.

Kobe stated that the national government is aware of the water challenges experienced in the area, and they are working closely with the provincial and local governments to come up with immediate solutions.

“Part of the problem has been the non-functional pump station pumping water from Tshiulungoma to Mutoti village. The pump station has since been fixed, but it cannot be tested now since the plant is closed,” he concluded.

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