Mooi River under renovation

2009-03-19 00:00

Mpofana (Mooi River) Municipality has begun a multi-million upgrade of its central business district (CBD) and surrounding areas to attract investors and enhance the council’s vision of making the small town “economically vibrant” by the year 2020.

At a press briefing in Mooi River on Wednesday, municipal manager Muzi Madlala said the municipality, with the assistance of the Consolidated Municipal Infrastructure Programme, has resumed the R9 million phase one — upgrading the town’s roads, which were almost reverted to gravel.

The upgrade, said Madlala, includes the installation of traffic lights.

He said the municipality has also embarked on the construction of a taxi rank aimed at improving the town’s public transport.

The municipality also plans to improve the council’s capacity to supply electricity.

“The capacity to supply electricity was nearing its maximum and could have led to blackouts during peak periods. Most of the street lights in town and Bruntville [township] became dysfunctional because of the theft of cables and vandalism. An investment of R10 million has been made to double our capacity,” said Madlala.

A water-processing plant valued at R11 million, added Madlala, has been allocated to eradicate the bucket system in more than 500 houses in Bruntville.

A waterborne sewerage system has also been developed at a cost of R6 million and it has begun supplying water and sanitation to Bruntville residents.

A R16,3 million project also got underway earlier this year to develop roads in Bruntville, which Madlala said has “no infrastructure at all”.

The upgrades aspire to rehabilitate the town’s deteriotating infrastructure and to improve the lives of Bruntville residents, as well as luring investments.

“A lot of people in this town lost their jobs when the Mooi River Textiles factory closed down. The level of unemployment is high. We hope that the upgrades will put us in a favourable position to attract investors and hopefully that will create jobs,” added Madlala.

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