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Sol is ready for election day


The Sol Plaatje Municipality has announced that it is ready to meet any water, electricity or sanitation challenges in Kimberley on voting day tomorrow.

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KEEP your brollies on hand for tomorrow’s voting day.

This is the message from the SA Weather Office which has advised of partly cloudy, cooler weather for the city tomorrow.

According to the weather office, a maximum of 24 degrees Celsius is predicted for tomorrow, coupled with cloudy conditions.

On Thursday, the maximum will only be 21 degrees C, warming up again towards the weekend.

The Sol Plaatje Municipality has, meanwhile, announced that it is ready to meet any water, electricity or sanitation challenges in Kimberley on voting day tomorrow.

Municipal spokesperson, Sello Matsie, said yesterday that a rapid response team had been established to specifically look at any issues which could deter voters from going out in their numbers to cast their votes.

The municipality’s call centre will also be on full alert to allow the public to report any incidents of power outages, sanitation issues or water supply challenges, especially at voting stations.

“The nightly water shutdowns have also been stopped as the municipality’s water resources have recovered.”

According to Matsie, this is partly due to a reduction in usage by residents coupled with the fact that there have been no disruptions to the pumping of water from Riverton. “The pumps, which were problematic two weeks ago, are now back up and running at full capacity,” Matsie stated.

He added that the municipality would do everything in its power to ensure that there were no electricity disruptions, especially at voting stations, throughout voters’ day, as well as during the counting of votes.

“Deliberate vandalism is, however, making this more difficult. Recently the Phakamile Mabija Road sub-station was vandalised, affecting electricity to areas in the vicinity, while an illegal cable connection in Galeshewe over the weekend also saw several nearby areas without electricity.”

Matsie meanwhile also advised residents that some municipal services, including refuse collection, payment and arrangements at the credit control sections, as well as motor vehicle registration and licensing will not be available tomorrow.

“Residents whose refuse is normally collected on a Wednesday should keep their bags inside their gardens until next week’s collection,” he said.

Those wishing to purchase prepaid electricity have also been advised to buy online or at third party vendors.