Minister outlines projects to upgrade uMsinga

2010-04-29 00:00

THE Rural Development and Land Reform Department will spend an estimated R24 030 000 on various pilot community development projects in the uMsinga area under the Comprehensive Rural Development Programme (CRDP).

In a report on the programme, Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti outlined the projects and the forecasted spending.

On Monday, he visited the area to assess the progress of the projects, and last week the parliamentary oversight committee also visited the area to verify progress on projects that had been reported to Parliament.

Nkwinti said the uMsinga area had been chosen as the site for the pilot projects because it had been identified as one of the most deprived municipalities in the province.

The majority of the projects have already been initiated, with the exception of the KwaDolo electrification project, which awaits approval by Eskom. This is also one of the most expensive projects, and is expected to cost an estimated R8 million.

Other projects that are being implemented include the uMsinga Top Massification project, a maize initiative which was initiated to alleviate poverty and ensure food security and job security in the community.

Five thousand people are expected to benefit and over R7 million will be invested in the maize project.

The department will also spent R8 million on a water and sanitation project between the Muden and Ndaya areas. The project, which began in 2007, will supply potable water to communities. A total of 4 800 households are expected to benefit.

Other projects include the Ngwalane fencing project, which will fence a farming area for the local farmers at a cost of R192 000. The Nxamalala irrigation scheme has also been approved by the department.

A further R350 000 has been approved for the supply, delivery and erection of fencing in irrigated arable areas.

Andreas Zuma, chairperson of the Nxamalala irrigation scheme, applauded the programmes.

“In our area we were struggling to get water, and with this project we will be getting water and we will be able to plough and farm.”

The minister said the department had a responsibility to alleviate poverty and improve the lives of rural people.

He said the CRDP was the appropriate tool to achieve its goals.

“The CRDP aims to transform rural areas and enhance household food security, by encouraging rural dwellers in South Africa to utilise their own yards to grow food to fight poverty,” he said.

Attempts to contact the uMsinga local municipal manager were unsuccessful.

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