Government announced a R20 billion relief package for municipalities in response to the covid-19 crisis. Part of the funds are supposed to ensure communities have access to clean drinking water during this period.

But despite the billions announced by the state, accessing water remains a challenge especially for rural communities.

In Malanga, a village in the Collins Chabane Local Municipality collecting water remains a task that takes up a large part of time for residents. They also spend money to pay for transportation of their water back home.

Women collect water from a borehole in Malanga village in the Collins Chabane Local Municipality. The SA Local Government Association rejected tariff hike increases by eight of the country’s nine authorities in parliament recently. Photos: Lucas Ledwaba/Mukurukuru Media
Women are forced to wash the family clothes by the water station. Photo: Lucas Ledwaba/Mukurukuru Media
Women wash clothes at a water station in Malanga village in the Collins Chabane Local Municipality. Photos: Lucas Ledwaba/Mukurukuru Media
Sghubus are a necessary item for rural communities that do not have piped water on their properties. Photos: Lucas Ledwaba/Mukurukuru Media

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