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    Operation Hydrate offers some relief to Bethal

    Thank you to all those involved as well as Operation Hydrate for the generous and unselfish supply of water to the residents of Bethal.

    Tears of joy were flowing along the cheeks of some Bethal residents as they received water on Saturday, 19 January. Bethal has been plagued with water shortages since early December. Residents had no access to municipal water and had to rely on their neighbours with boreholes for fresh water. The Municipality is struggling with huge cash flow constraints and the two largest creditors are Eskom and Rand Water. This debt resulted in water supply restriction from Rand Water. The flow had been restricted to 60%. The restrictions meant that some of the reservoirs ran empty. Once they have filled again GMM opened the valves but could not (or would not) use pumps to pressurise the supply pipelines. Gravity feed was used resulting in residents in lower laying areas having access to water while the supply to higher areas run out before they could fill emergency containers. The infrastructure to supply water at equal pressure to all areas is in a state of near total disrepair. Govan Mbeki Municipality (GMM) released a press statement praising their negotiating skills, while also stating that a payment has been made to Rand Water. Here is the full statement from GMM:
    VERY URGENT!!!
    RAND WATER AGREES TO GMM DELEGATION’S PERSUASIVE PRESENTATION.
    The GMM High-Powered Delegation has succeeded in persuading Rand Water to reinstate water supply to 80%.
    We are delighted by this positive development and we hope that our engagements next week will yield more positive results. We need our water 100%.
    As we argued during the protracted negotiations, GMM is paying the Rand Water debt under very difficult circumstances and conditions.
    Notwithstanding these challenges, but we are paying on a monthly basis and therefore we deserve to be treated differently and uniquely.
    We are calling on our people to continue to have faith in the GMM leadership because we have their interests at heart.
    Working together with all our stakeholders, we will indeed turn the municipality around for the better.
    Our love for this municipality makes us not to sleep in search of concrete solutions for all the challenges facing the institution. We will continue to think innovatively in order to manufacture and produce answers to questions, responses to probes, resolutions to disputes and sustainable solutions to problems and challenges.
    BRAVO TEAM GMM!!!
    Regards,
    Benzi Ka-Soko
    Chief of Staff.
    The Bulletin posted a small request on our Facebook page for help from the community. Delta1 Rescue Diving read the post and contacted one of their sponsors. Without hesitation, the Operation Hydrate team sprung into action and bottled approximately 20 000l water. The truck arrived Saturday afternoon and was escorted by a number of people. Chaplain Brad Blake, JTR and a number of other cars escorted the truck from Trichardt. The Delta1 vehicle joined the convoy outside Bethal. The bottled water was offloaded at three different drop-off points. Residents came and collected a few bottles each. Water was also offloaded at the church in Bethal Rand/North. The joy and appreciation on the resident’s faces spoke volumes. Thank you to all those involved as well as Operation Hydrate for the generous and unselfish supply of water to the residents of Bethal. Please follow the following link to see more about them #crfoperationhydrate. The problems are far from over as GMM still have to pay another amount by the end of January. If the agreements are not met, Rand Water will have to recourse but to restrict water supply again. It will be back to square one again.

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    Operation Hydrate offers some relief to Bethal