President Cyril Ramaphosa and cabinet ministers visited Hammanskraal to discuss the health crisis and outline government interventions. This follows a devastating outbreak of Cholera in the area.
Addressing people at Temba stadium the president was accompanied by Gauteng Province Premier Panyaza Lesufi, Minister of National Cooperative Governance of Traditional Affairs Thembi Nkadimeng, Minister of Water and Sanitation Senzo Mchunu, Minister of Health Dr. Joe Phaahla, and City of Tshwane Mayor Cilliers Brink.
The President visited Hammanskraal on Thursday, where 23 people have died as a result of cholera outbreaks.
Upon his arrival at the Rooiwal Wastewater Treatment plant, he was informed that the plant is not in a good condition due to low maintenance. And a project to refurbish the infrastructure will start soon
Ramaphosa was shocked to see the dilapidated Rooiwal waste treatment facility , During his visit, the president met with officials at the Rooiwal plant in Tshwane.
Hammanskraal’s water problem would be resolved by distributing clean water through tanks, as promised by Ramaphosa.
Ramaphosa also said that the Magalies would build a temporary water project for six months. As part of the development bank’s efforts, Hammanskraal will receive quality water again.
Cilliers Brink, the mayor of Tshwane, said the water crisis in Hammanskraal has been an issue for decades. A budget of more than R400 million has been allocated to the renovations by the City of Tshwane over a period of three years. A loan of R4 billion will be obtained from the Development Bank of Southern Africa. However, a guarantee from the Treasury is required for this loan.
While residents are still advised to boil water before using it, they claim they have an electricity issue.