Under-privileged community members from Jozini, North of Kwa-Zulu Natal are ecstatic as they finally receive boreholes, after years of being on the receiving end of poor service delivery.
Despite having one of the biggest dams in South Africa, the community of Jozini has suffering from water scarcity for a while.
It is alleged that Umkhanyakude district municipality that was responsible to supply water to local municipalities, including rural areas, has failed to do so due to corruption and fraud.
According to Delani Mabika, Mayor of Jozini, R8 million was spent to drill 20 boreholes and one water tank to ensure the residents have clean water – amid the pandemic.
“It’s sad that it has taken so many years for people to have access to clean water. Also, the shortage of water has triggered many protests due to incompetence and corruption at Umkhanyakude District,” Mabika said.
Sibusiso Nyandeni, 47, said he is happy they finally have access to clean water as the scarcity of water affected their crops and livestock.