Today, 15 July 2016, DA Tshwane Mayoral Candidate, Solly Msimanga, the DA Shadow Deputy Minister of Water and Sanitation, Leon Basson MP, and DA Member in the NCOP, Bronwynn Engelbrecht MP, will revisit the Rooiwal Water Treatment Works in Hammanskraal as it continues to deteriorate, placing the community at risk.
It has now been a year since the DA first visited the plant on 10 July 2015, and the condition of the plant has gone from bad to worse to completely non-functional. Sewage sludge build up has continued to flow into the Apies River which feeds the Themba Dam that provides Hammanskraal with drinking water.
It is obvious that the facility, meant to treat water so that is safe for human consumption, is not functioning and is putting the health of the people of Hammanskraal in danger.
While the people of Hammanskraal are in danger, however, the Minister of Water and Sanitation, Nomvula Mokonyane, either does not care to find out what is actually going on or is willfully misleading Parliament and the people of South Africa.
In reply to a Parliamentary question earlier this year on the functioning of the facility, the Minister stated that “the plant is appropriately maintained” and that “there is no sewage overflow from Rooiwal.”
The Rooiwal plant is a prime example of how the ANC in Tshwane has failed the people and put their health at risk.
The events will take place as follows:
Event: Oversight at Rooiwal Water Treatment Works
Date: 15 July 2016
Location: Rooiwal Waste Water Works
GPS co-ordinates: 25°33’26.0″S 28°13’39.0″E
There will be photo and interview opportunities.
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