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The Maruleng municipality is characterized by low rainfall. This results in limited water resources culminating in severe water shortages and drought condition. There is stiff competition amongst different water users. water for domestic purpose becomes crucial. Only 9%of the population have access to RDP standard water source. The Municipality also provide free basic water (6000 litres per household per month).


Lack of access to basic sanitation services has created massive environmental and health problems. The fact that most villages in the municipality donít have RDP level sanitation constitutes a major risk in terms of ground water pollution. The main types of sanitary system used in the municipality are water borne sewerage (flush toilets) septic tanks ventilated improved Pit latrines (VIP), French drains and ordinary pit latrines to no basic services at all.

Energy and electricity.

Energy distribution has important economic developmental implications with a potential to make considerable impact. This impact relates to improved living conditions, increased productivity and greater sustainability of the environment. In the municipality electricity is largely generated by Eskom. About 8299 households have access to free basic electricity. The municipality has a backlog of about 2500 households of electricity connections.

Waste management.
  • Refuse removal

    Most people residing in rural areas do not remove waste. Residents in these areas dispose refuse on their own, often in an uncontrolled manner. This practice has adverse consequences for their health. Unlike the rural areas, refuse removal services in the urban area are provided by the local municipality. Currently, the municipality is using service provider to remove refuse as it does not have capacity but in-house capacity is being build for this service.

  • Waste disposal

    Maruleng has no licensed waste landfill site. An amount of R4M is needed to establish landfill sites. One waste landfill will be established during this financial year. However, the non-availability of land is a constraint.

Road infrastructure

Road usage is a reflection of peopleís mode of life. The routes, frequency and volume of passengers and goods should basically inform the criteria for the prioritisation of road works i.e. roads for which resources should be committed for regravelling, tarring, lining, signage etc. Maruleng has 48.4km tarred road and 188.7km of gravel roads and its total kilometres of roads is 237.54km.

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