City of Milwaukee aids eSikhawini water project

2012-10-26 00:00

TWO hundred families on the outskirts of eSikhawini will now have access to running water, thanks to a partnership with an American city.

The water project, which was offically launched on Wednesday at a cost of R800 000, is funded by the City of Milwaukee, through a twinning agreement managed by Sister Cities International.

uMhlathuze mayor Elphas Mbatha, said: “This is a great project, not only for uMhlathuze, but for South Africa.”

He expressed his gratitude to Milwaukee’s Alderman Joe Davis and Nevil Metjie of KZN Department of Trade and Investment for the twinning agreement the municipality was now benefiting from. “Today we have seen that families are no longer drawing water from the river, but from their own homes,” said Mbatha.

He said the council’s partnership with Milwaukee is well established. “This municipality prides itself in being one of the most efficient municipality’s in the country that completes projects in time and within budget,” said Mbatha.

President of Sister Cities International Mary Kane said uMhlathuze was one of 600 partnering cities in 136 countries.

Kane said Mbatha was an example to other mayors and she thanked the amakhosi for allowing the project to go ahead.

U.S. Consul General Taylor Ruggles said the initiative would provide job opportunities for locals.

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