New houses but no services

Photo: Mr Aaron Mqwathi and his baby son, Power, at one of uncovered sockets in his house.

Beneficiaries of houses in the new Kokosi Extension 6 housing project have to face various issues in their new homes.
One of them, Mr Aaron Mqwathi of No. 5865, showed the Herald a number of uncovered sockets with open wires in the walls of his new house on Monday. Although Mqwathi and his family have already been staying in the house for several weeks, the wiring of his and several other houses has still not been completed. None of the units has been electrified yet.
To make matters worse, residents of Ext. 6 also have to survive without running water.
‘We have no water whatsoever, not even during the night. To get water for my family, I have to walk to my family in Ext. 4 as they can, at least, collect water in buckets,’ Mqwathi lamented.
Residents of Ext. 4 recently confirmed that water to both areas has been off since 13 February, when the Merafong City Local Municipality informed residents that it was going to work on a pipe. The water pressure is so low that there is only water in the pipes from about 22:00.
The Herald asked the Merafong City Local Municipality on Tuesday when the water problems would eventually be solved. ‘The consultant is currently on site and work is in progress.
The water line is monitored on a daily basis and pressure gauges are being installed. The duty of the consultant is to improve the water pressure in Ext. 6.
The alternative of supplying water in trucks has been implemented in the meantime,’ a municipal spokesperson reported.
‘As the Ext. 6 housing project is managed by the Gauteng Department of Human Settlements, the Herald tried unsuccessfully to get a comment from this department.
After contacting the office of the MEC, Mr Paul Mashatile, the Herald was referred to this department’s  representative in Merafong, who failed to answer questions about the residents’ problems.

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