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Deputy President Paul Mashatile arrives at the Vereeniging City Hall for the District Development Model outreach programme.


The DP was received by the Gauteng Premier, Panyaza Lesufi, SDM Mayor, Cllr. Lerato Maloka and Cllr Sipho Radebe from Emfuleni Local Municipality. DP Mashatile’s visit is aimed at providing feedback to residents of ELM and showcasing the progress made on key projects since the Presidential Imbizo in 2022.

Addressing the delegates at the Vereeniging City Hall, DP Mashatile said that his visit was a result of a direct mandate from President Cyril Ramaphosa, for him to work closely with ministers to give intervention and resolve problems.

“We are not inspectors, we are here to work with you. We are not here to spectate but to see if there is progress in all interventions. Collectively, we must uphold the values of District Development Model which forces us to work together,” Mashatile said.

“We will be visiting four sites today, not that those are the only projects in the area, I understand that there’s more. After this, reports will be discussed and government spheres will be engaged, hard questions will be asked and only then we would come back to people of Emfuleni to give them feedback on the work government is doing,” Deputy President added.


Mashatile said that he was happy with reports of work done in Emfuleni from the Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG) and the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS). The DP proceeded to thank the Premier for the reports and encouraged all delegates to keep working hard.

The DP's visit will also look into strengthening and fast-tracking the implementation of the Special Economic Zone in Sedibeng as a contribution geared towards accelerating the Gauteng City Region 2030 vision.


The delegation will spend a better part of the day engaging on challenges facing Emfuleni and finding long lasting solutions. Proceedings of the day will conclude with oversight visits to the Vereeniging Intermodal Taxi Facility (Taxido), DWS-Rand Water Section 63 Interventions (Union Street, Vereeniging and pump station 2), Vereeniging Fresh Produce Market and lastly, the Vaal River City Interchange.

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Water and Sanitation project got an extra budget injection of R491 million this financial year said the Department of Human Settlement, Water and Sanitation Deputy Minister, Mr David Mahlobo.

This money is set aside for cleaning the highly polluted Vaal River and repairing the aging network infrastructure which boasts 3 waste water treatment plants and 44 waste water pump stations across the service area of the municipality.

Deputy minister Mahlobo, flanked by Gauteng MEC Mr. Lebohang Maile, and Local Mayors were addressing over 40 local stakeholders at the Emerald Resort and Casino.

The project is now 13 months in the running with Rand Water appointed as the implementing agent. In a status report jointly presented by the Municipal Manager, Mr. Lucky Leseane and Metsi-a-Lekoa Chief Director, Mr. Madoda Besani, it was confirmed that a lot of critical work has been done to contain most of the water leaks plaguing the municipality. The Municipal Manager said that he is thankful for the Section 63 intervention and all the good work done in the Water and Sanitation department.

“In as much as the intervention is helpful towards solving some of our water and sanitation service delivery challenges, our biggest bottleneck remains non-payment. As Emfuleni, we are in pursuit of financially sustainable municipality, it is in this spirit that I urge consumers who are not paying for services to start paying and those who are paying to continue doing so,” said Leseane.

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The Municipal Manager further invited indigent families register for the benefit in order to assist the municipality to continue rendering services.

Deputy Minister Mahlobo made use of the platform to introduce contractors appointed for various engineering disciplines of the upcoming project. In his introduction, Mahlobo touched on procurement procedures to be followed to ensure non disruption of the upcoming projects.

“You are reminded that you must follow the implementation of the government procurement policy that promotes localisation, enterprise development with preference to the vulnerable groups of women, youth and people living with disabilities. We need transparency on the 30% local contractor beneficiation for the projects to succeed”, Mahlobo said.