It was a happy day in the village of Ga Maphopha as communities welcomed an important intervention by Northam Booysendal Mine. The residents of Ga Maphopha are now having access
to clean water.
The locals are benefitting from a Northam
Booysendal Mine initiative in which they erected the Matsosho Water
The mine officially handed over the project to the Sekhukhune District Municipality (SDM) on Thursday 12 November. The ceremony was organised at the Moshate wa Maphopha tribal house.
The event was attended by the mine management including General Manager (GM) Mosala Letebele, Peter Lentswane, Stakeholder Engagement Manager and Human Resource Manager (HRM) Ziningi Shezi.
Fetakgomo Tubatse Local Municipality (FTLM)’s Mayor Ralepane Mamekoa, SDM’s acting Mayor Samson Nkosi and the local chief Kgoshi Hlabirwa Maphopha. Representatives from the Unjani Clinic also honoured the event, testing attendees for various diseases.
Speaking during the handover Letebele said the project was another important confirmation that water is indeed life and that Booysendal recognize its importance in the lives of communities. He indicated that the project has cost more than R12.8 Million.
“The water infrastructure is inclusive of the drilled and equipped borehole, including the erected water pipeline in the community which resulted in an
improved service delivery in relation to the allocation of water. The total construction is more than 12,8 million, the scope of work includes installation
of water reticulation pipes, water meters, installation of 350000 litres ground steel tank, ground water development and Well equipping, construction of bore
hole pump house,installation of pumping equipment, we also installed an electricity transformer.
“Booysendal is grateful to the role players FTLM, SDM and the communities, it is our view that the success of this project rested on the great efforts made by all stakeholders during the implementation of the project. An investment in clean drinking water is an investment in sustainable livelihood and health of our mining communities since water is life.”
The Construction of the scheme entailed providing bulk pipelines . The Work on the scheme was completed last year. Furthermore, the labour intensive construction work created more than 300 jobs for locals. As part of empowering local Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs), the services of more than five locally based subcontractors were acquired.
One of the residents, Jeanette Magoroshane living with her children, said she is happy that community members will now have water piped into their yards.
She said before this, and in light of the drought crisis that has previously gripped areas within the Sekhukhune district – and province, the community depended on water from the rivers and water tankers, provided by the district municipality.
SDM’s acting mayor Samson Nkosi said that the availability of water will also help in the fight against poverty.
“ Most people in this area have gardens, they planted cabbage, tomatoes and spinaches. We are thankful that the mine is assisting in ensuring there is a better life for all in
He added, “This is an excellent project by the mine, the quality of the work done is top notch. We are indeed pleased with what the Northam Booysedal has done to this
village. The water has pressure.We urge other miners to adhere to the social labour plans and assist with other services to our communities. As a water authority we will take good care of the project.” said Nkosi.
He said gone, will be days people share water with animals. “We once again plead with our people to take good care of this project. People must stop vandalising and destroying this properties. The mine must not neglect us after the handing over, we plead with them to work closely in sustaining this project.”
In thanking, the masses and Northam Booysendal for their good initiative, Chief Hlabirwa Maphopha assured everyone that the project is in good hands.
“ This is our second project from this mine. We are grateful to be the chosen village in the whole of Fetakgomo Tubatse Local Municipality. We will work closely with the SAPS to ensure it’s protected. We need this project to benefit the communities in years to come.”