South African Villages’ Water Supply Cut on Non-Payment, BD Says

Water companies servicing 30 villages in South Africa’s North West province suspended deliveries because of non-payment, Johannesburg-based Business Day reported.

Maqs Construction & Plant Hire and Gaoranolwe Investment pulled out of their three-year contracts to ferry water two weeks ago after the Modiri Molema district municipality failed to pay them since February, the newspaper reported, citing one of the service providers that declined to be identified. The district agreed to issue a commitment letter for the more than 100 million rand ($6.6 million) owed, Business Day said.

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