ACCOUNTABILITY AT THE HEART OF TRUST
Article by Lindiwe Karosa
The Department of Water & Sanitation stated in a media release yesterday, that 1 482 water tanks were delivered to various parts of Gauteng.
These tanks are intended to support and equip water- deprived communities as a means to curb the spread of Covid-19.
This action was brought about by Minister Lindiwe Sisulu’s call for the Department to ensure that water be made available to all areas that may have a shortage of water. The tanks have been split amongst the metros, namely the Cities of Johannesburg, Tshwane & Ekhuruleni as well as the Sedibeng & West Rand District Municipalities.
The Department’s Gauteng Provincial Head, Sibusiso Mthembu stated that these interventions are extremely necessary due to the importance of access to water at a time when washing your hands may prevent contraction of the virus. He also shared the Department’s plan to work with other stakeholders to be able to provide the community with soap and sanitizers.
Residents are urged to promptly report any burst pipes and their leaking time as this is also a factor in the availability for water. Sibusiso Mthembu also reminded residents to please use water sparingly whilst still exercising good hygiene.
Minister of Human Settlements, Water & Sanitation, Lindiwe Sisulu urged municipalities last night not to enforce water outages due to accounts that are in arrears.
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