The Maluti mountains in QwaQwa has seen a lot of rain in the past week, something that has brought some hope to residents who have been yearning for the precious waters for some time now. Also this was a relief to some of villagers who were still struggling to get water and had to depend on the street wells to get water.
A resident of Tseki village, Makamohelo Mabotja said she has lost for some time now but with the recent rains, her tap will work once again. She said the area has been without water for the past two months. “I really can’t believe what is happening because the last time we had rains was in 2017, surely this has brought some relief to some of us,” said Lentsoe. Another resident from Namahadi, Thabang Mokoeba said water crisis is a man-made.
“How can we live without water, people responsible for water supply do not take us serious,” he said. Maluti A Phofung water’s (MAP Water) Acting Chief Operations Officer (COO) Mpho Mabena said the problem is mostly caused by pipes that are burst due to ageing infrastructure. She said another problem is cable theft at the pump stations, as a result water cannot be pumped.
“We therefore have to wait for the municipality to normalize the situation of electricity supply to our pumps,” said Mabena. Mabena said MAP Water ensures that water trucks deliver water to the affected areas around QwaQwa.
Meanwhile, Communications Manager of Water and Sanitation in the province, Kido Thoabala said the dams are stable in the Maluti A Phofung. She said Sterkfontein is standing at 94,3% while Fika Patso dam is standing at 45,9%. She urges community to re-use water and continue to use it sparingly.