Regional water project launched in Maphumulo

2016-02-17 06:00
iLembe District deputy mayor Dolly Shandu with Maphumulo Municipality mayor Happy Ngcobo with some of the 45 locals who received training and will work on the projects as semi-skilled labourers. Photo: Makhosandile Zulu

iLembe District deputy mayor Dolly Shandu with Maphumulo Municipality mayor Happy Ngcobo with some of the 45 locals who received training and will work on the projects as semi-skilled labourers. Photo: Makhosandile Zulu

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ILEMBE District Municipality launched the Balcomb-KwaSizabantu Regional Water Supply Scheme in Maphumulo last Thursday.

When completed, the scheme will serve approximately 3945 households, or 28 256 people residing in wards three, five and six of the local municipality.

The project will provide bulk pipelines, reservoirs, pump stations, a reticulation network and yard connections at a total cost of R168 242 758.

The four phases launched last week are Zones H, G, F and at an allocated R21 041 000, R8 831 976.72, R2 579 587 .03 and R6 669 809.40 respectively.

Furthermore, 45 locals - 28 of them being women - received training at a local FET college on pipe laying, plumbing, electrical and carpentry skills and will be given an opportunity to work on the projects as semi-skilled labourers.

Contractors Afro-structure and Hydrotech were introduced to the community. These contractors, contracted at R21 million and R8 million respectively, are expected to have completed all the work by January next year.

Speaking at the launch, iLembe District deputy mayor, Dolly Shandu said though the country is in the throes of a drought crisis the municipality would continue delivering water supply infrastructure to communities so when the drought abates people can have water piped into their homes.

She issued a clarion call that women be granted an equal opportunity as men to be employed on these projects.

She urged the community to refrain from stealing or vandalising materials used on the projects as it would slow down the process and ultimately have a negative effect on their communities.

Maphumulo mayor, Happy Ngcobo reiterated Shandu’s statement that community members should refrain from stealing and vandalising materials used on these projects.

She said the municipality is pleased that the district municipality delivered such an essential service.

As part of the Maphumulo-KwaDukuza Regional Water Supply Scheme – that aims to provide water to Maphumulo, Ndwedwe and the KwaDukuza community with potable water – Bosch Munitec was introduced to the Cele, Nhlangwini community, in Ndwedwe, on Sunday, 14 February.

The contractor will supply the community with water at a cost of R19 445 453.50.

The project will provide 700 households with yard connections.

The project is expected to be complete within nine months.


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