Gauteng Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC, Jacob Mamabolo, has urged stakeholders to find a common solution to avert a humanitarian crisis at the Blyvooruitzicht mine.
MEC Mamabolo made the call on Wednesday during a follow-up meeting to discuss the status quo with regards to the water supply to the Blyvooruitzicht mine community in the Merafong Municipal area.
The meeting follows the failure of the liquidator to keep up the monthly payments of R600 000 for water supply to the mine.
The third of its kind on the issue, the meeting took place between the department, the Lawyers for Human Rights, the Human Rights Commission, the liquidators of the mine and the Merafong Municipality.
During the meeting, MEC Mamabolo emphasised the need to prevent a humanitarian challenge that might take place in the community given the status quo.
“Since June the liquidator has made only one payment and then no other payment was received, making it difficult for the municipality to continue supplying water. The liquidators have still to pay the outstanding money they owe the municipality for services, and that payment is two months overdue,” MEC Mamabolo said.
He also challenged the mining community to be part of the solution to the problem, including contributing towards the payment of water supply to their area.
“We hence have to come up with ways on how services are going to be paid. We cannot afford a situation where consumers of services neglect their responsibilities of paying for services,” said MEC Mamabolo.
He further said that they are worried that the final order of liquidation will take place on the 28 November 2015, and when that happens and services such as electricity are terminated in that mining community, “we can only expect the worst as the area will turn into a ghost town and a hub for criminal activities”.
“We are hence as government pleading with the stakeholder involved, especially the liquidators to come up with a future solution for the mining village once the liquidation process has been finalised.
“The area is privately owned hence our hands are tight and can only appeal to the liquidators to do what is right for the community to ensure we avoid a possible humanitarian problem,” MEC Mamabolo reiterated.