Protesters clashing with the police during a service delivery protest at Majakaneng Township near Brits. Picture: Oupa Mokoena

Johannesburg -

A total of R9 million has been allocated for the development of water infrastructure in Majakaneng, North West premier Supra Mahumapelo said on Saturday.

A contractor was already on site to ensure that water in Majakaneng was restored by the end of next week, Mahumapelo said during a meeting with residents on Saturday.

“We must remain united as a society, and focus our energies towards reconciling and renewing our province.”

He pleaded with people to cooperate with the contractor and said the water provision would be done in phases, with the contractor being phase one. The second phase would be implemented through the R9m allocation.

His office said it would collaborate with the water and sanitation department, Magalies Water and Sedibeng Water.

On Thursday, technicians were sent to Majakaneng to resolve water problems in the area, after several days of violent protests during which locals demanded water and electricity.

Protesters have been demanding water there for years.

During protests last year, one resident said taps had been dry since 2005.

When the unrest started on Monday, protesters looted two foreign-owned shops and set alight a bus, and barricaded parts of the N4.

Seven people were arrested and would face charges including public violence and malicious damage to property.

Mahumapelo's office said community members who attended Saturday's meeting were urged to allow pupils to return to school as disrupting schools was not developmental.

Mahumapelo also appealed to the community to work together with the provincial government to ensure peace and stability.

“We assure you of our firm commitment to ensuring that basic services are delivered as planned,” he said.

Sapa