Polokwane Municipality has prioritized the drilling of boreholes as a solution to the water crisis in the City and surrounding areas. The boreholes have already been installed in locations such as the Extensions augmenting water supply to Legae la Batho and Luthuli Park. 

On Wednesday, Polokwane’s Executive Mayor, John Mpe, accompanied by Member of the Mayoral Committee on Water and Sanitation, Cllr Motlogeleng Alfred Moakamedi, personally inspected the newly drilled and equipped boreholes.

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“We are using every available means to enhance our water supply,” said Executive Mayor Mpe. 

“The drilling of boreholes represents just one of the proactive steps we are taking to address water scarcity in Polokwane. Our goal is to ensure a reliable and sustainable water supply for all residents,” he said. 

The boreholes installed in the Extensions area are expected to contribute an additional two megalitres of water to the municipal system. Mpe emphasized that these efforts are part of a broader strategy to tackle water challenges comprehensively. There are also plans to replicate similar projects across other clusters in the municipality.

Mayor John Mpe tackles Polokwane water crisis
John Mpe


Mpe has also highlighted ongoing efforts to address systemic issues such as cable theft, which poses a significant risk to water infrastructure and service delivery. He also provided an update on the progress of the state-of-the-art water plant in Seshego. It is slated to commence operations by April 2024.

“On a larger scale, we anticipate the official opening of the new plant in Seshego next month,” he announced.

“Furthermore, we are actively planning for the replacement of aging infrastructure along the Dap Naude line. Our commitment to addressing water challenges in Polokwane is resolute, as evidenced by our prioritization of water-related initiatives.”

Mpe reassured the residents of Limpopo‘s capital City that the municipality’s agenda remains steadfastly focused on water security.

“Water, water, and water – these are the priorities driving our efforts,” he affirmed.