Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC, Sipho Hlomuka has commended the progress being made by the Harry Gwala District Municipality in addressing water challenges.
This follows the MEC’s visit to the District today where he assessed the rollout of water infrastructure to communities. In this visit, MEC Hlomuka together with MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development Ms Bongi Sithole-Moloi checked the progress on a number of water-related projects.
Recently Hlomuka’s department dispatched 450 static tanks to the District with the aim of improving access to water for rural communities.
This morning Hlomuka visited the recently built Bulwer Water Treatment Works, which produces 1,5 million litres of water every day and has resolved some major water backlogs in the area. The scheme provides water to over 3000 residents in Bulwer Town, Bulwer low-cost housing and Khenana in the Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma Local Municipality.
During the visit, Harry Gwala District Mayor Cllr Zamo Nxumalo provided both MEC’swith progress of the Cogta funded upgrading of the pipelines supplying water to the towns of Underberg and Kokstad. The R15 million investment made by the department towards this project will drastically increase the amount of water that is accessible to communities surrounding these towns in the Harry Gwala District.
“As a department, we are committed to ensuring that our communities receive adequate provisions of water. We have deployed a considerable amount of resources to capacitate municipalities in their responsibility of bringing water closer to our communities” said Hlomuka.