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NC town asks premier to intervene over water cuts

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A community member stated on Tuesday that it was difficult to observe proper hygiene practices, including hand washing, without a constant supply of fresh water.

THE COMMUNITY of Windsorton has requested the Northern Cape premier to intervene as they only have limited access to water over the national lockdown period. 

A community member, Thabiso Stuurman, stated on Tuesday that it was difficult to observe proper hygiene practices, including hand washing, without a constant supply of fresh water. 

“We have been experiencing water outages for the past three years. With the current status of our nation, it is even harder to stay hygienic or bath ourselves,” said Stuurman.

He added that no water tanks had been made available to assist the community. 

“No attempts have been made to increase the supply of potable water. Water is available from 6am until 8am and during the evening from 6pm until 8.30pm. It is even unhealthy to go to the toilet. The municipality should have received funds to provide us with some form of relief.” 

Stuurman indicated that food parcels were only being distributed to a few individuals. “Many of the beneficiaries who receive food parcels do not meet the criteria. The rest of the community is left stranded.” 

He stated that he was still waiting for feedback after writing to Premier Zamani Saul this week, asking for assistance. 

Independent ward councillor Mentley Bezuidenhout added that the Municipal Infrastructure Grant project that started about five years ago, to improve water infrastructure, had yet to show any progress.

“Every year money is allocated towards this project but it has struggled to get off the ground and the community is suffering during this water crisis.” 

The acting Dikgatlong municipal manager could not be reached for comment while the Premier’s Office stated that they needed to follow up on the matter.