Social & Community News
10 November 2023

Rustenburg - On Wednesday, 4 October 2023, the Zinniaville Ratepayers Association, in its ongoing battle with water issues, along with residents, peacefully protested as they delivered their memorandum of complaints and demands to the Rustenburg Local Municipality (RLM).

“It is problematic that all areas affected are previously disadvantaged areas. There have been no improvements. We are concerned that the water situation is changing from bad to worse, and we will continue experiencing water shortages for the foreseeable future. Residents are experiencing many challenges and hardships because of a very low level of basic service to the people of Rustenburg. Residents are frustrated, angry, and upset regarding the poor level of basic services rendered by the Rustenburg Local Municipality. The consequences of the lack of water do not have to be spelled out. Water is a gift of life, a basic need, and a fundamental human right, and it is the obligation of the government to provide every citizen with clean and potable water. We also request and propose that the residents of Rustenburg North, Zinniaville, Karlien Park, Seraleng, Nkandla, Tlhabane West, Boitekong, Sunrise Park, and Geelhout Park receive water from Rand Water, which is more stable and definitely a cleaner supply. Unfortunately, the entire architecture constructed to provide service delivery has collapsed much in the same way that the actual infrastructure is collapsing around us,” said Zinniaville Ratepayers Association chairman Shuaib Bham.

On Tuesday 7 November, Bham noted: “The memorandum was received on 4 October on behalf of RLM by the MMC of Infrastructure, Thabang Rampou, who had assured us that we would receive a written response within 14 days of receipt of the memorandum. However, we have still not received a written response as of date”.

Water is a gift of life, a basic need, and a fundamental human right. 

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