Vil­lagers are set to reap the re­wards of a CDM and min­ing com­pany union

African Times - - News - MASHUDU SADIKE

Blou­berg Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity in Lim­popo is to ben­e­fit more and eas­ily ac­cess wa­ter with the re­cently signed Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing (MOU) be­tween Capricorn Dis­trict Mu­nic­i­pal­ity (CDM) and min­ing com­pany Water­berg JV Re­sources.

In an at­tempt to ful­fil the man­date given to CDM by the Na­tional Wa­ter Act and Wa­ter Services Act to iden­tify and use re­li­able wa­ter sources, Ex­ec­u­tive Mayor John Mpe has gone to bed with Water­berg JV Re­sources on a Strate­gic Part­ner­ship to­wards Wa­ter Projects in a five year deal.

Ac­cord­ing to Mpe, the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity and the mine will work to­gether in this ven­ture as the mine was tasked to es­tab­lish a tech­ni­cal com­mit­tee. Spe­cial­ists will also be ap­pointed to con­duct ground wa­ter test­ing and fea­si­bil­ity stud­ies, drill bore­holes and pre­pare tech­ni­cal de­signs.

Some of the vil­lages to ben­e­fit rom this union in the Blou­berg Mu­nic­i­pal­ity are Le­wa­neng, Goede­trou, Early Dawn, Norma A and B and sur­round­ing set­tle­ments in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity in ef­forts to im­prove house­hold por­ta­ble wa­ter.

Speak­ing to the a press at May­ors head­quar­ters last week, Mpe said the mu­nic­i­pal­ity had to en­sure that there was equitable pro­vi­sion and sup­ply of bulk and por­ta­ble wa­ter to house­holds for drink­ing and for in­dus­trial us­age to min­ing and agri­cul­ture.

“It is im­por­tant that agri­cul­tural sec­tor takes about 70% of our wa­ter us­age while other eco­nomic sec­tors such as min­ing share the re­main­ing 30% with house­holds for do­mes­tic use. To achieve our 2040 Vi­sion in ba­sic services, we need to re­verse these wa­ter sup­ply im­bal­ances and en­sure equitable pro­vi­sion of wa­ter to house­holds, min­ing and agri­cul­ture,” Mpe said.

Mpe an­nounced that they would be work­ing with min­ing com­pany Water­berg JV Re­sources in a part­ner­ship be­cause they share the same vi­sion with the mu­nic­i­pal­ity as the wa­ter ser­vice au­thor­ity.

“As the wa­ter services au­thor­ity, we are al­ways open and look­ing for part­ner­ships with in­sti­tu­tions that are like­minded and share the same vi­sion as ours. In or­der to dou­ble our ef­forts and ex­per­tise in ad­dress­ing back­logs of wa­ter sup­ply we are pleased that Water­berg JV Re­sources has strate­gi­cally part­nered with us in har­vest­ing wa­ter not only for ben­e­fit of their min­ing oper­a­tions, but also the lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

“Like any other cap­i­tal project, we will work closely with our com­mu­ni­ties, tra­di­tional author­i­ties in those ar­eas and any other in­ter­ested par­ties will be in­volved to sup­port this part­ner­ship,” said Mpe.

Mpe was con­fi­dent that the part­ner­ship would re­sult into a project that would go a long way in im­prov­ing the lives of com­mu­nity mem­bers in those ar­eas.

“It is our wish to reach as many house­holds as pos­si­ble and im­prove the over­all house­hold ac­cess to por­ta­ble wa­ter. With lim­ited funds and com­pet­ing ser­vice de­liv­ery pri­or­i­ties, we may take a while to clear all the back­logs. But, with part­ner­ships such as this we can do more to change lives of many,” he said.

Mpe com­mended Water­berg JR Re­sources for go­ing on board on this strate­gic part­ner­ship to com­ple­ment CDM’s ef­forts to im­prove house­hold’s por­ta­ble wa­ter.

JOIN­ING FORCES: Capricorn Dis­trict Mu­nic­i­pal­ity Mayor John Mpe and of­fi­cials of Water­berg JV Re­sources have en­tered into a strate­gic part­ner­ship on wa­ter projects. Pho­tos: Sup­plied.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.