DEPUTY PRESIDENT LEADS HIGH-POWERED DELEGATION OVERSIGHT VISIT IN ELM

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Honourable Mabuza impressed with progress made at the Sebokeng Waste Water Works

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Deputy President, Honourable David Mabuza on Tuesday (23 March 2021) led a national and provincial government oversight visit to Emfuleni Local Municipality (ELM). The visit was part of the work of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Service Delivery and the commitment made by the Deputy President in the National Council of Provinces and National Assembly that he would ensure that the service delivery challenges of the community are addressed.

The oversight visit started with a briefing held at ELM Head Offices in Vanderbijlpark and later headed to the Sebokeng Waste Water Works where scores of residents protesting over lack of job opportunities were waiting for the delegation.

WhatsApp Image 2021 03 24 at 143028The Deputy President was accompanied by the Premier of Gauteng, David Makhura, the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation, Lindiwe Sisulu, the Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Obed Bapela, the Deputy Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition, Fikile Majola, and the Gauteng MEC Human Settlements, Urban Planning and CoGTA, Lebogang Maile.

Addressing local and mainstream media at the Sebokeng Waste Water Works, the Deputy President said the routine visit was to monitor progress in terms of sanitation in ELM.

“I am quite happy about the progress I have noticed. Remember the last time we were here, this module six was not working. It was still under construction. I am happy today to see this module working,” said Mabuza.

The Deputy President thanked Minister Sisulu and Premier Makhura for the work done.

WhatsApp Image 2021 03 24 at 143029“This means we have increased our capacity to deal with sewer. The only remaining hurdle that we must jump is to go unblock the blocked pipelines in the settlements where people are staying so that sewer can come into the treatment plant,” Mabuza said. 

Addressing protesters outside the wastewater works, the Deputy President committed that local residents will be considered for employment in all upcoming sanitation projects in the municipality.

“When we fix pipes in settlements, more community members will be employed. I promised I would return; I am here today. I am also committing to coming back with Minister Sisulu when contractors are appointed,” said the Deputy President.WhatsApp Image 2021 03 24 at 143030

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Our Vision: A developmental municipality that continuously improves the quality of life of its residents. Emfuleni Local Municipality (previously Lekoa) is one of three Local Municipalities comprising the Sedibeng District Municipality situated in Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng, South Africa.

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