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In Pictures: Water Crisis Sparks Olifantshoek’s Violence

In Pictures: Water Crisis Sparks Olifantshoek's Violence
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The situation remained tense for hours yesterday (05/02/2019) as residents of Olifantshoek’s took to the streets in protest against their water situation. The town has been affected by persistent water shutdowns since last year. The taps have gone dry in the wake of claims of the Gamagara Local Municipality owing supplier Sedibeng Water an exponential amount of money.

Police reinforcements were called in to prevent looting and to keep the peace after protesting residents barricaded the town’s main road with debris and burning tyres.

By Thabo Mothibi

In Pictures: Water Crisis Sparks Olifantshoek’s Violence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thabo Mothibi is a former broadcast journalist (TV and Radio) – with specialist reporting experience; SABC Political/Parliamentary and TRC Teams over a period of five years (1995 to 2000).

One key foreign assignment - is the 11-nation African Connection Rally – overland journey from Africa’s northern-most pole in the coastal Tunisian city of Bizerte to the southern-most pole in South Africa’s Cape Agulhas. From the journalistic years, Thabo then delved into Government media liaison and serving two former Ministers and three MECs. He became the Northern Cape Provincial Government’s first department based Communications Director at Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development - 2008-2010 – where he also served as Head of Ministry from 2003 – 2008.

As a former anti-apartheid activist, his political background and professional training aided him in spearheading the Northern Cape ANC’s 2004 National Elections media and publicity campaign and that of the 2006 Local Government Elections.

Whilst based in Waterkloof in Pretoria -2010 to end 2011, he consulted for Manstrat Agricultural Intelligence, then returned to the Northern Cape in 2012 to date, to consult independently and pursue other entrepreneurial interests in media and communications through KwaVuko Communications and Marketing.

Thabo Mothibi obtained his NQF7 through Wits University’s Graduate School of Public and Development Management (P&DM) in Johannesburg, a Unilever Mandela Rhodes Academy for Marketing and Communications Academy (UMRA). The goal of the NQF7 programme was to educate and train public and private sector professional communicators and marketers in government communications..