Contractors commence with multi-million rand water project in Ilembe District

Contractors are set to commence with the Umshwathi Phase 5 Regional Bulk Water Supply Scheme, which will bring water to thousands of households within the Ndwedwe Local Municipality.

Today, we met with the benefiting communities at Bhamshela Ward 6, where we officially introduced the contractors that will undertake this important project, which is scheduled to be completed in 2025.

The handover of the project site to contractors marks an important milestone in the provincial government’s efforts to improve access to water for rural communities.

As a provincial government, we believe that water is life and that residents’ right to safe drinking water must be upheld.

Through this project, 25000 people from 3210 households will receive piped water connections to their homes.

Through this project, the Ilembe District is improving access to safe, reliable, and sustainable potable water supply in rural communities.

The project serves both Ndwedwe and Maphumulo local municipalities, where yard taps will be connected.

The project is being implemented in three contracts with a budget of R225 million between 2022 and 2025. Umshwathi Contract 1 is valued at R68 million, Contract 2 at R90 million, and Contract 3 at R85 million, with about 120 job opportunities estimated.

The project starts at Nondabula in Ward 9 and goes all the way to KwaThayela in Ward 8. The total community that will be served from the overall project is approximately 25 680 people from 3 210 households in wards 2, 6, 7, 8, and (ward 9), which is already benefiting in the Ndwedwe as well as the neighboring Umshwathi Local Municipality.

Issued by the MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Bongi Sithole-Moloi