More than four hundred households in three villages in Alfred Nzo District municipality in the Eastern Cape are now receiving running water.

The municipality has handed over a water supply project to Drayini, Nzwakazi and Mngeni villages at Ntabankulu.

Municipal spokesperson Lubabalo Majenge says the R6 million project has provided direct employment opportunities for locals.

“This is one of the projects that were launched as part of celebrating the life and legacy of Oliver Reginald Tambo. We expect to complete more than 27 water projects of this nature in 27 villages across the Alfred Nzo District municipality. This is an immediate intervention and solution to rural communities that are currently not receiving clean running water.”

Nomzamo Sinemfu from Drayini village says this is a huge relief.

“Our bodies feel rejuvenated because the water is clean. The water we used to fetch was unhygienic, and we would get sick, have recurring stomach bugs and diarrhea. The water would even run out.”