Progress pleases mayor

2016-03-16 06:00


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THE mayor of the Mangaung Metro, Thabo Manyoni, says the city has invested R3,72 billion over the past five years in infrastructure to ensure the provision of municipal services in the city.

Manyoni was recently giving feedback to the media on the achievements of the city under his tenure as mayor.

According to the mayor, several reservoirs – including the new Naval Hill reservoir, with a 4 km water supply line – has also been completed.

With a budget allocation of R73,10 million, this reservoir will service the Airport Development Node, the N8 Corridor Development, as well as the Estoire area.

Manyoni said the city had invested R19,4 million for the refurbishment of the Brandwag to Loch Logan bulk outfall sewer to cater for the Brandwag suburb.

The city has provided a total of 32 947 erven in the previously disadvantaged areas with waterborne sanitation. Manyoni said 21 773 of these erven were using the bucket and VIP sanitation.

Concerning electricity, the mayor said Centlec provided electricity to 99,9% of formal households across the regions of the city and added that the city was offering free basic electricity of 50 watts to 26 891 households.

Manyoni explained that the city had invested R428,6 million in the upgrading of roads such as Raymond Mhlaba, Church Street and Dr. Kenneth Kaunda Road.

The city has identified seven land parcels to implement development and lay a foundation for integrated and sustainable human settlement.

“This is consistent with the concept of ensuring settlements where people can live, work and play,” said Manyoni.

One of the many new developments in the city includes the community residential unit in Dark and Silver City in Bloemfontein, where 836 social housing units will be built.

R224 million has been allocated for this venture.

The metro said the 2 500 people who had illegally settled on the BloemWater servitude water pipe would be relocated to Lourier Park in due course. With job creation an immediate challenge for the Free State government, Manyoni said the city had created 8 417 job opportunities through the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP).

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