Mokonyane launches R1.1bn water project in Mpumalanga

2014-09-13 16:19

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Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has launched a project to improve water services in Marite, Mpumalanga.

Mokonyane told residents in Mathibela Village, in Marite, today that the project would create jobs and develop skills.

“The work that has brought us here is to liberate the women and children who are at the coalface of lack of service delivery,” she said.

“We have to liberate them from walking all the long distances to get water.”

Mokonyane said the project, which would cost R1.14 billion, must be completed by the end of 2015.

The department, provincial government and the Ehlanzeni and Bushbuckridge municipalities would put together a business proposal to fund the project.

Spokesperson Sputnik Ratau said Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza accompanied Mokonyane on her visit.

“The purpose of the visit was to launch the Mathibela Water Reticulation Project,” Ratau said.

“The project will improve the delivery of water and water services to the community within Marite. Water has been a source of unhappiness and a number of service delivery protests in the area.”

The Bushbuckridge Municipality already has bulk water storage facilities.

Pipes would be laid to take water from the storage to houses and homesteads.

The project came about following the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the department and Mpumalanga province in June 2013.

Mabuza told locals that the national government, the municipality and Rand Water would work together to implement the project.

“In all of this, the co-operation will and must include the local leaders and the community broadly. Delivery is possible,” he said.

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