Taung Dam impasse to be resolved

Thursday, April 4, 2019

North West Premier Professor, Job Mokgoro, has committed to unblocking the impasse around the Taung Dam maintenance project.

“The implementation of the Taung Dam maintenance project by the Department of Water and Sanitation which had reached an impasse with Batlhaping Ba-Ga Phuduhucwane Traditional Council, will soon be resolved as the Premier of the North West Province, Professor Tebogo Job Mokgoro has committed to ensuring that relevant authorities are brought on board so that issues raised by the Council can be justly addressed,” said the Office of the Premier.

Premier Mokgoro made the commitment on Wednesday following his meeting with the council led by Kgosi Tshepo Mankuroane.

The meeting also dealt among with bulk water supply challenges, mining rights and cross border issues.

Mokgoro, who also addressed the community of Taung at the Batlhaping Ba-Ga Phuduhucwane Chief’s Court, assured the community that the maintenance of the Taung Dam which is being implemented in phases is nearing completion.

The dam will ensure 126 villages in Greater Taung to have sufficient water.

Premier Mokgoro also met with the Batlhaping Ba-Ga Mothibi Traditional Council led by Kgosi Ponatshego Mothibi, in an effort to address the service delivery concerns raised by the community of Shaleng village which is situated 80km outside Taung.  

In his address to the traditional leadership and the community, Mokgoro committed the provincial government to ensuring that new development projects are implemented in this area, including resuscitating those that have stalled.

On the issue of roads, MEC Gaoage Molapisi who is responsible for Public Works and Roads, assured the community of Shaleng that road D5116 from Sekhing to Shaleng will be on the department’s priority list. 

“This road has not been a provincial road. Now that we have recently proclaimed it, necessary procedures will be followed for the road to be gazetted as one of the provincial roads, before we could record it in the provincial government’s roads list,” said Molapisi.

Regarding the delivery of houses to the community of Shaleng, MEC Motlalepula Rosho of Local Government and Human Settlements made the commitment to build more houses for the area.

Mokgoro has set aside this week to engage the traditional leadership, communities and local councilors in Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District Municipality.

The Premier is scheduled to meet with stakeholders in Vryburg on Thursday and will engage residents in Ganyesa on Friday. – SAnews.gov.za