Dawid Kruiper Municipality mayor said the JoJo tanks would be distributed to communities in the municipal area that have no access to warter
A TOTAL of 22 water tanks were delivered this week to the Dawid Kruiper Municipality in Upington by the Northern Cape Department of Water and Sanitation.
The mayor of the municipality, Michael Segede, said the JoJo tanks would be distributed to communities in the municipal area that have no access to water.
“The JoJo tanks were provided as part of government’s fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. We know that maintaining a good hygienic lifestyle is one of the ways to fight and curb the spread of the virus.
“One of the measures to curb the spread, and one the messages that we had been preaching to people, is the importance of washing your hands. People can however not do that if they do not have access to water. We have already distributed hundreds of hand sanitisers to areas where people did not have access to running water or where they had to walk far to get water. The JoJo tanks will ease the burden of the shortage of water while the municipality addresses the challenges of service delivery to some residents,” said Segede.
He urged residents not to vandalise the tanks.
“There have been incidents in the past where some of the tanks were vandalised or broken. We call on our community members to take good care of these resources and not to vandalise them as they are there to alleviate their plight. We will also not hesitate to act against the vandals. We will not tolerate those who hamper government’s efforts to provide services to communities,” he said.
Segede also advised people to continue to abide by the Covid-19 regulations.
“We admire people’s efforts and co-operation in the fight against this pandemic. We can flatten the curve only if we all abide by the rules of washing our hands, keeping our social distance and wearing a mask when we go out to buy essentials or go to work. This is a fight where we need to stand united in order to prevail,” he said.