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Mayor suspends 'Wayward' employees

The City of uMhlathuze has suspended wayward water department employees believed to be involved in tampering with infrastructure, leaving residents without water.

This was revealed by City Mayor Xolani Ngwezi at a Ward 12 Mayoral Service Delivery Imbizo held at Madlankala sport ground on Friday.

Ngwezi explained that those employees are now subjected to a disciplinary hearing, and that a private security company that was guarding the site was replaced by a new one.

“These suspended employees include those who allegedly deposited diesel into our water reservoir last year,” said Ngwezi.

He said in this new financial year, the municipality approved a budget with capital expenditure of R835-million for infrastructure development, of which R500million was set aside for water services.

“We had to change the water pipe supplying water from iCubhu to eSikhaleni, which was giving us problems all the time. We have bought 130 quality water pipes, and installed a 400m section of pipe to ensure supply to eSikhaleni township, up to KwaDlangezwa, Ndabayakhe, and Felixton is stable.

“I must add that water restrictions are still in place and will remain so until December, as we are still waiting for the pump to be installed at iCubhu water plant. This has already been ordered from India."

Ngwezi further explained that the purpose of the imbizo was to bring government services closer to the people.

The event was attended by various government departments and entities, including Sassa, the Department of Social Development, SAPS, and Eskom.

Currently, the construction of a 15 mega-litre package plant is under way at eSikhaleni. This plant will distribute water from Nsezi River to a purification plant to be installed near Tronox, and push water to the Forest Reservoir.


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