Dept to re­sume R1bn water project

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THE DE­PART­MENT of Water and San­i­ta­tion, to­gether with Sed­ibeng Water, has an­nounced that it will re­sume with phase two of the R1 bil­lion Na­makwa Bulk Water Sup­ply Project, af­ter the project was halted and 126 work­ers laid off.

The project, which com­menced in 2010, was ini­ti­ated as a re­sult of in­ter­rup­tions in the water sup­ply to the Spring­bok area, with con­tin­u­ous oc­cur­rences of pipe­line fail­ures lead­ing to towns be­ing with­out water for pe­ri­ods of up to four days.

The first phase of the project was com­pleted in the 2015/16 fi­nan­cial year, while phase two started in July last year and fo­cused on the re­place­ment of the main de­liv­ery pipe­line from the Henkries River Pump Sta­tion to the Een­riet Reser­voir at Steinkopf.

The project was, how­ever, sus­pended due to bud­get con­straints ex­pe­ri­enced by the De­part­ment of Water and San­i­ta­tion (DWS) and, as a re­sult, 126 tem­po­rary work­ers had to be laid off last month.

Fol­low­ing a meet­ing held on Fri­day last week, the DWS and Sed­ibeng Water have made funds avail­able for the project to con­tinue and the 126 tem­po­rary work­ers, who were laid off, will be reap­pointed from this Mon­day. The con­tracts of the con­struc­tion work­ers, who were in­volved in the project, will also be re­newed.

DWS spokesper­son, Sput­nik Ratau, said yes­ter­day that in re­solv­ing the sit­u­a­tion, the de­part­ment and Sed­ibeng Water again af­firmed its com­mit­ment to pro­vid­ing water ser­vices to the peo­ple in the Na­maqua area and cre­at­ing job op­por­tu­ni­ties to al­le­vi­ate poverty in the re­gion.

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