Freedom Front Plus
Freedom Front Plus

Sedibeng Water could have prevented water crisis in Namaqualand

With proper planning and appropriate interventions, Sedibeng Water could have prevented the water crisis currently plaguing towns in Namaqualand.

With the Orange River in flood, the pump station at Henkries (a settlement near Goodhouse), which supplies water to a large part of Namaqualand, was flooded. Time-consuming and costly repairs will have to be done before water supply can be restored back to normal.

The FF Plus lays the blame for the crisis at the door of Sedibeng Water, which is responsible for supplying Namaqualand with water from the Orange River.

The current flood has been building up for weeks now. Water flow and levels are frequently measured in the various dams and at other designated spots throughout the entire Orange River system. Thus, it was to be expected that this extraordinary volume of water would eventually reach Henkries. Sedibeng Water had ample time to move the pumps to a safer area.

A question that arises involuntarily is whether the lack of decision-making has anything to do with the fact that the headquarters of Sedibeng Water is located in Bothaville, which is more than a thousand kilometres from Henkries.

The FF Plus has repeatedly expressed its viewpoint that decisions about service delivery must be made there where the services are delivered. The party, therefore, questions whether it is wise for an institution, like Sedibeng Water, to be responsible for the water supply to areas that are so very far apart. At present, the organisation's area of operations covers three provinces: the Free State, North West and the Northern Cape.

In the Northern Cape, managing water is one of the most decisive local government functions. Thus, the FF Plus will keep striving to obtain local control over it.

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