Sun Oct 22 17:30:57 SAST 2017

Municipality lauds Mboro and Nomvula Mokonyane for ending drought

2017-03-20 14:36:35.0 | Ngwako Malatji |

Prophet Paseka "Mboro" Motsoeneng and Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane will be honoured by the Maloti-a-Phofung municipality in Free State for their role in "ending drought and the water crisis" in the area.

Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane, Prophet Paseka 'Mboro' Motsoeneng and Ekurhuleni mayor Mzwandile Masina praying for rain. / Supplied

The pair will be given awards by mayor Vusi Tshabalala at a thanksgiving ceremony to be held at the Phuthaditjhaba stadium next month.

Speaking through his secretary Mmaditaba Beqezi, Tshabalala confirmed they would confer awards on Mboro and Mama Action, as Mokonyane is also known, for "ending drought and water shortage" in the areas covered by the eastern Free State municipality.

He said Motsoeneng, of the Incredible Happenings Ministries, prayed for the rainfall while Mokonyane supplied water tanks and introduced water-saving devices, among others, in communities hit by the water crisis.

"Our area was ravaged by drought and our people didn't have water due to lack of rainfall. We prayed with Prophet Motsoeneng and in no time it rained. So it is for this reason that we give him something as a token of appreciation for his role in ending drought in our area.

"We also need to honour Mokonyane when she is still alive for the role she played in our communities by sending those trucks to deliver water and introducing water-saving techniques. She was very supportive during our most difficult times," said Tshabalala.

Motsoeneng said since the ceremony would coincide with his birthday, the award would be the biggest birthday present ever for him.

"The timing couldn't be more perfect. I will be turning 49 this year and this is the biggest present I will ever receive in my entire life. I'm lost for words but we need more rain and I'm going there to pray with them," he said.

Mokonyane's spokeswoman Matlakala Motloung said the minister would continue to intervene as part of accelerating service delivery to better the lives of all the citizens, including those of Maloti-A-Phofung.

"She worked round the clock ... educating people about water conservation techniques. Like a true leader, when there was a crisis she did not throw her hands in the air and retreat.

"We are happy that somebody out there has noticed her good work and is acknowledging it," she said.

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