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Solar powered boreholes for Jerusalem residents

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Premier Refilwe Tshweni-Tsipane shown how to operate the pump by water and sanitation authority. Photo by Anna Ntabane, Mpumalanga Guardian
Premier Refilwe Tshweni-Tsipane shown how to operate the pump by water and sanitation authority. Photo by Anna Ntabane, Mpumalanga Guardian

by ANNA NTABANE
MBOMBELA, (Mpumalanga Guardian)
RESIDENTS of Jerusalem in Mbombela have been urged to ensure the safety of boreholes that the national government has provided as part of measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Deputy Minister of Water and Sanitation, David Mahlobo, launched the six boreholes on Monday.

Among officials present at the handover included Mpumalanga Premier, Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane, City of Mbombela Mayor, Sibusiso Mathonsi and Ehlanzeni District Mayor, Jester Sidell.

Mtshweni-Tsipane welcomed the gesture by the Department of Water and Sanitation.

“We want to urge the community of Jerusalem to look after these assets. This is a scarce resource that they will need beyond COVID-19. It is therefore important that they keep it safe” the premier said.

The boreholes are solar powered, adding to their worth.

They will supply water to more than 200 households.

“We are calling upon everyone in Jerusalem to look after this infrastructure jealously so,” Mtshweni-Tsipane said.

Members of the community were pleased with the intervention by the Department and the municipality as this would save them from walking long distance to fetch water and fight COVID-19.

“We are very happy that now we have water. We can also practise hygiene and fight this pandemic,” said block committee member, Henry Manana.

Health experts and authorities have encouraged regular washing of hands among other hygienic practices to avoid contracting virus.