Ugu successfully launches multi-million rand water project

2017-02-16 06:02
Turning the sod to mark the beginning of the construction work (from left) Project Management Unit senior manager Chuma Mqoboli, contractor Thubalami Mafuna, ward councillor Dumisani Dlamini, Ugu deputy ayor Cllr Mondli Chiliza, councillor Nozipho Caluza and Chief Nelisiwe Mbhele. Photo: supplied

Turning the sod to mark the beginning of the construction work (from left) Project Management Unit senior manager Chuma Mqoboli, contractor Thubalami Mafuna, ward councillor Dumisani Dlamini, Ugu deputy ayor Cllr Mondli Chiliza, councillor Nozipho Caluza and Chief Nelisiwe Mbhele. Photo: supplied

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FURTHER multimillion rand investments are being made by Ugu District Municipality to cultivate its water infrastructure, enabling water access to more communities in the district.

Last week Thursday, the municipality held a sod turning ceremony at Mabheleni West near St Faiths where it unveiled the construction of a reservoir worth R9,7-million.

The scope of work for this project includes the construction of a 2.5ML reinforced concrete reservoir which is scheduled to commence at the end of February. Weather permitting, the duration period of the project is estimated at eight months.

Once completed, the reservoir is set to benefit communities of eZitendeni, Mabheleni, Cathula and Ngcazolo, which translates to thousands of households combined.

Addressing the benefiting communities, Ugu deputy mayor, Cllr Mondli Chiliza also revealed good news that this project will provide water to these communities immediately after reticulation is done.

Job opportunities

The municipality’s efforts to triumph over the triple challenge of poverty, unemployment and inequality continue through ensuring employment of local labourers for all projects within our communities.

A good story to tell is that 20 people were employed on the day of the sod-turning and another 30 will be brought in as the project gets underway, bringing the total number of temporal employment opportunities to 50. “Alleviating poverty, inequality and unemployment in our communities is in the apex of our priorities. As the municipality, we remain committed creating a better district for all,” said Cllr Chiliza.

Communities are urged to become members of our Facebook page by liking the page: “Ugu Municipality Talk” and receive factual news regarding the municipality’s service delivery projects and regular updates on all water and sanitation services.

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