Water issues take the spotlight

GROBLERSDAL – Sekhukhune District Municipality (SDM) Executive Mayor, Stanley Ramaila last week met with Lepelle Northern Water’s newly installed board, an implanting agent of the of the water authority to discuss water related issues the two institutions are working on.

Lepelle Northern Water is a state-owned enterprise contracted as a service provider by the SDM which is a water authority, to provide bulk portable water services to residents of the district.

In welcoming Chairperson of the board, Dr Nndweleni Mphephu and his colleagues, Executive Mayor Ramaila raised some concerns.

Ramaila first sought assurance from the delegation regarding the functionality of a newly upgraded water treatment plant at the Flag Boshielo Dam project with the Ephraim Mogale Local Municipality.

The Lepelle Northern Water responded that the construction at the site was currently at a practical completion stage.

According to the board the project intended to upgrade production of 8 Mega litres to 16 Mega litres a day.

“We are quite happy with the report they gave us because once all boxes are ticked, from a technical point of view, that system should be able to supply about 153 villages with water sustainably,” said Ramaila.

The project will be commissioned in the coming days and Ramaila said that they were also concerned about the delays in as far as Moutse Drought Relief Project was concerned.

“We have agreed that Lepelle Northern Water, as an implementing agent in that water intervention project, should give feedback progress report directly to people of Moutse – through representation they have chosen,” said Ramaila.

Ramaila further raised a concern that in some projects the Lepelle Northern Water was implementing on behalf of the district municipality; it did not empower local emerging business people.

“In terms of the legislation, we must empower local enterprises,” added Executive Mayor Ramila as he advised.

Lepelle Northern Water Board Chairperson, Dr Ndweleni Mphephu, appreciated the issues that were raised and vowed his team would attend to the.

Thapelo Motseo

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