Tumelo Waga Dibakwane
BUSHBUCKRIDGE Local Municipality Executive Mayor Sylvia Nxumalo has recently announced that the municipality has terminated the bulk water supply contract it had with Rand Water.
Rand Water is a company contracted to a number of municipalities in the country to supply them with water.
This means that the municipality will now take over the responsibility of supplying water to the people.
Nxumalo defended her decision on the ground that the municipality will save more money by so doing.
“Two years ago, we realised that our budget doesn’t allow us to continue working with Rand Water, therefore, we took a resolution to terminate the contract,” said Nxumalo.
“The decision has been communicated with the office of the MEC of CoGTA and the Ministry of Water and Sanitation.”
According to her, the municipality will save approximately R12-15 million monthly compared to the initial R24 million they paid to Rand Water.
The mayor said the municipality will absorb all (147) Rand Water employees to work.
“Once all is in place, the municipality will be absorbing some of the Rand Water employees that have been doing work for the distribution of water in to ensure uninterrupted distribution and supply of water to communities. We have also set aside a budget of around R30 million for the workers.”
She also mentioned that about 85% of Bushbuckridge is already reticulated.
“We will also use bulk water through boreholes while awaiting yard water reticulation projects in some of the outstanding areas.”
The mayor further added that they would in the near future utilise the newly-built water treatment package to extract and purify water from the Sabie River.