Reservoir nears completion

2016-10-19 06:00
THE long-awaited resevoir in Upper Majeakgoro. Photo: Boipelo Mere

THE long-awaited resevoir in Upper Majeakgoro. Photo: Boipelo Mere

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THE Bulk Water Supply Project in Pampierstad that was undertaken in 2013 is reported to be 90% complete.

The project will benefit communities of both North West and the Northern Cape. The communities have been supplied by water from the Northern Cape through co-operation between the Water Services Authority of the Phokwane Municipality and the Dr Ruth Mompati District Municipality.

According to a communication from the Phokwane Municipality, there was a dire shortage of water in the area and the upgrading of the bulk water supply was urgently needed. The areas around Pampier­stad, Sakhile and Phatsima will benefit from the reservoir that is being built in Upper Majeakgoro.

Kgalalelo Letshabo, the communications Officer at Phokwane Municipality, says that the project is being funded through the Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MIG) and that the tender for it has been awarded to KMSD Consulting Engineers.

“The total budget for the project is R59 736 704 and the project is being implemented in phases.

“For the current financial year, R838 930 has been budgeted, which is the remaining balance on what the MIG will contribute towards the project. The Municipality must still find R9 836 086,” Letshabo said in a statement.

The completion of the project depends on the availability of these funds.

  • Members of the community have complained that they have not been informed about developments regarding the water supply.

One resident, Sanah Mofokeng, came to Kimberley from Pampierstad to attend the public hearings led by former president Kgalema Motlanthe last month with the intention of asking for water.

“I am very shocked to learn that there has been an on-going water project just under our noses and our municipality never really engaged us about the project. I guess it is one of those surprises that comes with our municipality,” said Mofo­keng.

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