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Apr 18 2012 10:42AM
 
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Montsho Matlala

Illegal water connection and theft of technical equipment are to blame for lack of water which has left hundreds of residents dry at Blinkwater in Giyani since last week.

But Jabulani Chabalala, a local ANC branch secretary and chief whip in the Greater Giyani municipality, has assured residents that the crisis was being attended to.

"Teams from the Department of Water Affairs are down on the ground trying to resolve the water crisis at Blinkwater so that the flow is restored to normality.

"However, if water fails to reach the reservoirs we will be left with no option but to remove all illegally connected pipes which affect the pressure of water and agricultural cooperatives owned by people who use the water for free will be fined.

The law will also take its course if it is found that they were illegally tapping water." Chabalala said other parts of the village were not affected by the water problem.

A resident of the area, Nhlamulo Shivhambu, said the municipality should take the blame for the shortage of water. "If politicians are serious about caring for the people they should put systems in place to prevent illegal connections.

"They should monitor the water infrastructure and attend to faults."

With water shortages in the province having led to violent protests in many areas, authorities have repeatedly said the situation would be eased once the major dams, Nandoni and De Hoop, are fully operational.

Meanwhile, members of the National Council of Provinces began visiting some municipalities in the province from yesterday to assess their quest to attain clean audits by 2014.

provinces@thenewage.co.za

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