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IFP: Statement by Peter Smith, IFP Spokesperson on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, asserts that an urgent solution is needed for Limpopo water crisis (19/11/2012)

19th November 2012


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The Mopani District Municipality in Limpopo needs an urgent solution to its
water crisis. Since this has been a problem for over four months, the lack
of action on this issue is disgraceful.

IFP Spokesperson on Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Mr
Peter Smith said "The current situation in Giyani is terrible as the crisis
has created water related problems. Hospitals such as the Nkhensani Hospital
are in dire straits, with patients dependent on their families to bring them
water. Water tanks and tankers need to be provided by the municipality
urgently to this area"

Some people affected by the water crisis in Limpopo have gone to extremes to
express their grievances to the municipality.

"A number of women from Petanenge, about 20 kilometres from Tzaneen,
stripped off their clothes and picketed outside the Greater Tzaneen
municipal buildings, highlighting the water crisis in the Mopani district.
With so many communities affected by the lack of water, the provincial
government needs to step up efforts to provide a permanent solution to this
crisis" said Smith.

As this matter is urgent, the IFP calls on the provincial government to
provide water tanks as a temporary solution for these communities, while
working out a long term strategy.



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