Madibeng Municipality allocates R20m to tackle water shortage

With only a few weeks to go before elections, service delivery is taking centre stage.

FILE: Madibeng Municipality residents are demanding improved services from government ahead of the 3 August election. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Madibeng Mayor Jostina Mothibe says an additional R20 million has been allocated to the Madibeng Municipality in an effort to tackle the water shortage in the region.

With only a few weeks to go before the municipal elections, issues of service delivery are taking centre stage.

The municipality has been under the spotlight over the last two years due to water problems, which have resulted in violent protests.

Mothibe says a R300 million project to upgrade the water provision and purification system at the municipality ran into some difficulties and had to be halted.

She says the project is now on track.

But a resident says that the municipality waited too long to address the water crisis. "There is no plan to say what they'll service for a year."

While some residents have blamed problems in the municipality on what they say is the illegal allocation of tenders, Mothibe has refuted claims that her administration has been corrupt.