Joy as Mount Frere villagers get access to tap water

THOUSANDS of residents in Mount Frere sang and danced with joy yesterday as the first drops of water appeared from taps newly installed in their villages.

For 28-year-old Olwethu Mvuzani of Sinqezu village, and many others, it was also the first time they had ever tasted tap water.

The taps were installed by the Alfred Nzo District and Umzimvubu local municipalities as part of the R35-million Qwidlana Water Scheme set to deliver clean water to more than 7000 rural residents in 14 villages in Mount Frere. “We have been waiting patiently,” said Mvuzani. “I can’t describe how most of us feel now that this has become a reality.” – Sikho Ntshobane

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