‘Nutrient rich’ water for rural Nquthu

2011-11-11 00:00

The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nomusa Dube, yesterday unveiled a R21-million, high-capacity sewerage system facility that will cater for current and future developments in Nquthu, a rural area in northern KwaZulu-Natal.

This project, which became operational recently, was one of the projects launched in the uMzinyathi District this week as part of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) sitting that is under way in Nquthu to “take parliament to the people”.

uMzinyathi technical services manager Thami Malunga said Nquthu’s ageing system could not cope with demands of new developments, which prompted Cogta and the the district municipality to come up with the plan for this facility to be constructed.

Cogta contributed R6,5 million towards the project, uMzinyathi R3,6 million and a further R8 million was secured from the Municipal Infrastructure Grant.

Dube said the facility will incorporate a community gardens project for local unemployed women.

“An irrigation system has been incorporated into the design of the new waste water treatment plant, whereby communities adjacent to the new facility can produce high-yielding crops by providing nutrient-rich water.

“Fresh produce from the crops will help alleviate poverty within this community, and nearby government institutions like schools and hospitals will be encouraged to get their supplies from this project,” Dube said.

Some national ministers who have not attended the sittings since Monday have finally arrived and interacted with members of the community.

Security is expected to be very tight today as President Jacob Zuma is expected to address the Nquthu sitting.

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