Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader in the Limpopo Legislature, Jossey Buthane, says Premier Stan Mathabatha has failed the people of Giyani as the area does not have a proper water supply despite billions of rands spent on water projects.
Billions of rand have been spent on bulk water project from Nandoni Dam outside Thohoyandou to Nsami Dam in Giyani but remains incomplete for many years.
Millions of rand were also spent on drilling boreholes which some exist on paper. Buthane was speaking during the debate on the State of the Province Address.
“Limpopo as you prefer to call it our beautiful province, we will not be beautiful until all potholes are repaired until the people of Moutse and Thohoyandou get clean water in their yards. Residents of Giyani are suffering many years after R4 billion of public funds was wasted through Lepelle northern water, paid to Khathu civils which failed to deliver on the project and no action was taken to recover the money.” Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu visited the area last year to check progress on the project:
Meanwhile, African National Congress Member of the Provincial Legislature Florence Radzilani says most parts of the province do not have access to water due to a lack of maintenance of infrastructure.
“The main challenge besetting this province in most of the places that we visited is access to potable water. It is a challenge even in places where there are reticulation pipes connected, water sources and infrastructure are available but not maintained.”
Highlights of Stan Mathabatha’s State of the Province Address: