Mayor Vows To Tackle Water Challenges Crippling Vhembe Municipality


Very soon, water challenges in Limpopo’s Vhembe municipality will be a thing of the past. Vhembe municipality is currently rocked by drought as a result of dilapidated infrastructure and population growth.

Speaking during the inauguration of the new council in the Vhembe municipality chambers in Thohoyandou, the municipality’s mayor Florence Radzilani promised to tackle the challenge by refurbishing existing boreholes and dilapidated water infrastructure.

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She noted:

“The main delivery challenge we are facing is water. This is an undeniable reality facing each one of us whether you are in the political management team, an executive committee member, or in opposition benches.

The problem is even worse now as we are facing drought which has left our dam levels low. We must begin to come up with workable solutions in the medium long-term. Part of this is the maintenance of the existing infrastructure and upgrading.”

Radzilani, however, didn’t push aside the fact that the municipality is facing critical challenges because it lacks some senior managers. She thereafter spoke about the importance of recruiting a permanent financial officer, municipal manager and a public accounts manager. Vhembe has not had the aforementioned officers for the past two years.

Responding, Joseph Mariba, provincial leader of the official opposition group in the municipality – the Democratic Alliance (DA) – urged the mayor to ensure that regular and adequate basic services are rendered to the people because “the DA is here to be a watchdog of corruption and make sure that people get service delivery.”

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Vhembe District was joined to protest-prone Malamulele, Vuwani, and Hlanganani. The municipality is currently called Lim345.

Member of the African National Congress (ANC) were elected  to the positions of mayor, speaker, and chief whip.  The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) holds six seats while the Democratic Alliance (DA) has just two seats.