South African Mayor Trades R1.5 Million Car For A Solution To District’s Water Crisis

The mayor of Vhembe, Florence Radzilani, has turned down an offer by the municipality to buy her a R1.5 million car. Instead she requested the municipality to buy more crane trucks to deal with water shortages in the district.

Florence Radzilani was a former executive mayor of the Vhembe District as well as the MEC for Safety, Security and Liaison.

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In August she was elected and sworn in as mayor of the municipality for the second time.

Marking her 100 days in office on Tuesday, Vhembe Mayor had a press briefing at the Vhembe mayoral boardroom,

“I know it’s very risky because the vehicle I’m using was bought by the previous mayor and has reached the mileage limit of 170 000km. We are not allowed to use a car that has exceeded that, but I’m willing to take that risk so that all the villages might receive water,”

“Since we got into office on 26 August we have received 310 cases of water issues, and out of that 310 we managed to resolve 133. Only 53 villages were getting water, but now 133 villages get water. We hope that soon all the villages will receive water.”

Making the water crisis in Vhembe a priority the mayor stressed the need to refurbish boreholes and build more water tanks. By so doing every home in the district will have access to water.

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On that note she said that there were 5 new tankers at the moment; and about 2 more to be purchased.

Going further in her address, Florence Radzilani expressed her delight that the district, which was known as one of the most dysfunctional municipalities in the country, is making a headway.

She particularly stated that “the relationship between the municipality and treasury” is being restored. She also said that critical senior positions have successfully been filled.

South Africans are showing their appreciation of the Mayor’s gesture – choosing the welfare of the people over her personal comfort.