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Lupane Gender Champions engage with local leader over access to water

As a follow up on a meeting held last week by the Lupane Gender Champions, there was an interface meeting that was conducted with Kusile Rural District Council Chairperson, Councilor Ngwenya on the inadequate access to water.


Councilor Ngwenya assured the Gender Champions that Council was working towards mitigating the challenge of the unavailability of water in the area.


“The Local Authority has managed to solicit funds from the central government of close to $1.5 million that will be directed towards drilling of boreholes,” said Councilor Ngwenya.

Nothing much has been done as the funds still have not yet been disbursed to the Council.


As a response to the water challenge in the area, Lupane RDC has managed to source out a partnership with ADRA, a company that pledged to repair 73 boreholes in the District. However, Gender Champions bemoaned that a significant number of partnerships have not yielded tangible results as projects are drawn to an end before implementation.


“We are tired of partnerships that fail to assist members of the community,” said one of the Gender Champions during the meeting. “Residents can applaud and commend efforts only when there are physical results that can ease the burden of water woes.”

Residents were disconcerted about the opening of schools during the COVID-19 pandemic while there is no adequate supply of water in Lupane.


“How are our children going to survive at school premises since there is no potable water for them to use since we are required to wash our hands frequently?” lamented a concerned resident.


Councilor Ngwenya advised residents to cooperate and buy fuel for the grader.


“The grader is lying idle in the Council offices because there is no fuel and residents need to work together and buy fuel so that we can use the grader to dig out and construct a dam,” said Councilor Ngwenya.


Residents implored the Council to solve the challenges regarding access to water in Lupane as this is posing serious health hazards to residents.

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