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South Africa: Deputy Minister David Mahlobo implores Limpopo residents to refrain from vandalizing water infrastructure

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Minister for Water and Sanitation David Mahlobo

Deputy Minister for Water and Sanitation David Mahlobo has earnestly appealed to the residents of Kgabo Park in Moletji, outside Polokwane in Limpopo, to play their part in protecting the water and sanitation infrastructure that is meant to benefit them.

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“As a department, we are concerned about the vandalism that is currently occurring to the water and sanitation infrastructure, and we call on you as a community to take care of it as it belongs to you,” said Deputy Minister Mahlobo.

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The Deputy Minister made this call on Thursday, October 13, 2022 during the official ceremony to launch and hand over three solar power wells in the area that came about as a result of a public-private partnership between Coca Cola Beverages of South Africa (CCBSA) and the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) called Project Cokeville.

“We are grateful to Coca Cola for their partnership.

Water is a matter of life and death, we are aware that this intervention is not going to solve all our water-related challenges, but it will help a great deal”, said Deputy Minister Mahlobo.

The handover ceremony was attended by Kgoshi Kgabo Moloto III, Polokwane Township Mayor’s Councilor John Mpe, MMC Water and Sanitation Councilor Alfred Moakamadi, CCBSA management and DWS officials, among others.

This innovative solar-powered groundwater harvesting system aims to address water scarcity in the country and seeks to provide access to water for struggling rural communities.

This recently launched project has a total capacity to pump, treat, store and distribute 30 mega liters of clean water per year and will benefit more than 200,000 households in the Ga-Ramoshwane and Kgabo Park villages.

As an icing on the cake, 100 water wheels were also donated to 100 identified households, and this will help bring water from the wells to their homes.

South Africa is a water scarce country and water scarcity is experienced in many parts of the country and even more so in Limpopo.

Both the DWS and the CCBSA believe that reliable access to good, safe water is essential to life, nature, and the health of our communities, so it is important to support local water access projects that help bring safe drinking water and cleans communities that need it.

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