Municipality Watchdog request premier to intervene into Bloemhof Water Crisis:-

We will request the North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo to get it contact with the

A resident fills his bucket with water after the water supply was restored in Boitumelong township in Bloemhof, North West. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)
A resident fills his bucket with water after the water supply was restored in Boitumelong township in Bloemhof, North West. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Lekwa-Teemane Municipality (Bloemhof, Boitumelong, Christiana and Utlwanang) to resolve this issue as matter of urgency. This comes after three children in the area, aged less than two years old, have died from diarrhoea, complicated by dehydration. 500 cases of diarrhoea have been recorded at health care facilities in Bloemhof. .

The Municipality Watchdog also welcomes the resignation of the Municipal Manager and the steps taken against the Mayor of the Lekwa-Teemane Municipality, we want to see a new administration to be appointed as soon as possible. The water quality must also be tested by an in depended laboratory as it is unsuitable for human and animal consumption. We also want to see all the people in the province received clean and quality water.

The Municipality Watchdog is merely the voice of the people negatively affected by the non-supply and at this stage, actually in total darkness as to when the problem would be solved. Residents approached Municipality Watchdog with a request to organize the withholding of payments to the Lekwa-Teemane Municipality, an approach not yet supported by us, but seen as a method to send a clear-cut message to the administration and Council that their loyalty (and finances) must not be taken for granted.

The Total ignorance to date by the Lekwa-Teemane Municipality, this can only is interpreted as a total disrespect for the plight of residents who do not have water to flush their toilets, prepare food etc. Having the added advantage of being a mother, you will understand that small children and even baby’s suffer the most in such instances and it is the woman who are most upset by non-supply, given their added responsibilities to manage the food and children above their work related duties. Basic Water is a necessity and everybody’s   human right as set out in Section 27 in the constitution of the Republic of South Africa: the rights to foodwaterhealth care and social assistance, which the state must progressively realise within the limits of its resources. What happened to the (Batho Pele – caring, empathy, respect, recognition, value, reward, compassion and consultation) principals, that was adopted by Local and Provincial Government.

• Details: Contact André Pieterse on 082 640 1051, email or visit you can follow the Municipality Watchdog on Twitter and Facebook.




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