The Sekhukhune District District Municipality is gradually winning the battle on water challenges in Steelpoort.
SDM’s mayor Keamotseng Stanley Ramaila recently announced that the Department of Water and Sanitation has approved the municipality’s technical report for the Phasha-Mampuru Bulk Water project that is estimated to be worth R400 million.
Ramaila met with representatives of water committees from villages in the Steelpoort Valley, to update them about efforts to eradicate water shortages in the area.
Representatives of Steelpoort Valley during the meeting included villagers from Ga-Mampuru, Ga-Phasha, Longtill, Tukakgomo and Stoking.
“The municipality will initiate the registration of the project with the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs for acceptance and approval of the Municipal Infrastructure Grant. We have already appointed an engineering consultancy company, Zutari, which has commenced with work for project designs and environmental impact assessment,”revealed Ramaila .
He said the design process will be concluded by December 2020 and construction of the bulk project is expected to start in the next financial year.
A steering committee consisting of community members, the district and local municipalities, Department of Water & Sanitation and the Lepelle Northern Water has been formed.
The mayor has assured the communities that as a water authority, the district municipality will ensure that this project is implemented successfully.
The meeting has also resolved that the steering committee, led by Ramaila should engage with the mining companies operating in the area for collaboration on water projects.