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Water project launched in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga

A new project by the Water & Sanitation Dept in Bushbuckridge will provide water to about 65,000 people.

FILE. A new project by the Water & Sanitation Dept in Bushbuckridge will provide water to about 65,000 people. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Water and Sanitation has launched a project in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga to ensure the delivery of water to homes for the first time.

Certain areas have, until now, not had running water and residents have in the past protested and resorted to illegal connections to schools.

The new project will provide water to an estimated 65,000 people.

Minister Nomvula Mokonyane says, "Today we were celebrating releasing water into peoples' yards, something that has never happened before. You will recall that women in the past were actually digging trenches and there have been protests in the past."