Mangaung residents face possible water-shedding

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Water-shedding is looming as the Mangaung Metro Municipality (MMM), which includes Bloemfontein, is required to pay R419 million owed to the Bloem Water Board by 17 August 2019.

This is according to the Democratic Alliance (DA) Ward 25 councillor, Rossouw Botes, during a media briefing at the Naval Hill reservoir.

He says following a letter issued to the Metro following the recent High Court case between Bloem Water and the Metro earlier this month, he doesn’t foresee the metro paying the money owed to the water board in 30 days, as requested by the entity.

He says the entity has threatened to reduce the water supply to 30% on 17 August 2019.

Botes says high-lying areas such as Pellissier, Fichardt Park and Universitas will experience the water cuts within hours as the water pressure to these areas will not be sufficient.

He, however, adds that the effects of the 30% water reduction might be different for those in the low-lying areas such as Fauna and Uitsig, amongst others.

Although residents in these low-lying areas will be receiving water, the supply will not be for long and the available water will only be to cook or clean.

Botes says the residents in these low-lying areas will eventually find themselves in the same predicament that will be faced by those in high-lying areas.

He was part of the DA leadership that flanked the DA leader, Mmusi Maimane, during a media briefing at the Naval Hill Reservoir in Bloemfontein on Wednesday 24 July 2019.

Meanwhile, during his visit, Maimane said the Hawks in the province must act swiftly and arrest those implicated in the failed Estina Vrede Dairy project, including Mosebenzi Zwane and Ace Magashule.

He said he previously prepared an affidavit with a list of suspects to be able to investigate the matter of the project. He says it remains clear that former Agriculture MEC Zwane, and former Premier Magashule, must be prosecuted.

LUCKY NKUYANE / OFM News