Minister of Defence Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula says a lot of work has been done with the Vaal River rehabilitation project.
The minister visited the Emfuleni municipality on Friday afternoon to assess the progress made by the soldiers deployed to work on the project last year.
The municipality is battling an environmental disaster as pollution and raw sewage continue to spill into the Vaal River.
We commend the soldiers that are here on the ground for progress that has been made.— Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Defence and Military Veterans Minister
The minister says although they have made progress, they are still facing challenges.
There is a problem of machinery that they are supposed to be using. One of the decisions we have taken is that this will have to be looked into...— Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Defence and Military Veterans Minister
The amount required to get those tools is plus-minus R6-R7 million.— Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Defence and Military Veterans Minister
Mapisa-Nqakula further says they've realised that they need to educate communities about keeping their environment clean.
She noted that the problem of sewage running right through some homes on her last visit, had been resolved.
We are now interacting with the community, giving a report back on what has been done, but equally listening to their own experience of the presence of the SANDF.— Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Defence and Military Veterans Minister
Listen to the full interview below:
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