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Government delivers water tanks to informal settlements.

Working with the Ministry of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation (MHSWS), Sedibeng District and Emfuleni Local Municipalities are delivering water tanks to informal settlements, to help flatten the curve of Covid-19 infections.

On Wednesday (April 01, 2020), Emfuleni Local Municipality (ELM) Executive Mayor, Councillor Gift Moerane delivered three water tanks at the Russia and Gugulethu informal settlements in Ext. 7, Evaton West.

ELM Speaker, Councillor Maipato Tsokolibane and her Sedibeng District Municipality counterpart, Councillor Andiswa Mosai, Chief Whip Councillor Christina Sale, Basic Services MMC Councillor Bheki Ntsele, and MHSWS officials were also present to witness the handover of the tanks.

The municipality has dispatched over 100 tanks, which have been installed in identified informal settlements, including Kalfontein, Boitumelo, Lethabong and Tshepiso.

The tanks are refilled regularly by truck water tankers, dedicated to providing water to residents in these areas, daily.

Mayor Moerane said the tanks would help bring water closer to communities, and will go a long way towards curbing the spread of Covid-19.
“We appreciate the intervention by the Ministry of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation for providing the water tanks to our communities,” said Councillor Moerane.

Theresa Lesesa, a resident of Azania City, an informal settlement next to Boitumelo in Sebokeng, expressed her gratitude.

“We would like to thank Emfuleni Local Municipality and the Ministry of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation for helping us with water during this difficult time of increasing cases of Coronavirus,” she said.

An overjoyed Lesesa said community members would no longer have to cross the dangerous Golden Highway to access water from other nearby areas.

Emfuleni Local Municipality Executive Mayor, Councillor Gift Moerane was the first the drink from the first water tank installed at the Russia and Gugulethu informal settlements in Ext. 7, Evaton West.
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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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