Storm wa­ter pipe project pro­gress­ing well

The New Age (Northern Cape) - - NEWS - TIISETSO MANOKO ti­iset­som@the­newage.co.za

THE storm wa­ter pipe­line project that com­menced to re­place a pipe­line in Noben­gula and Adam No­makola streets is ex­pected to take an­other three months, the Sol Plaatje mu­nic­i­pal­ity said.

The mu­nic­i­pal­ity said all was well with the multi­bil­lion-rand pipe re­place­ment project.

May­oral spokesper­son Gre­gory Seleke said the project had been go­ing well since it com­menced last month.

“The project is ex­pected to last about three months be­fore com­ple­tion, this is in line with the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the adopted in­te­grated devel­op­ment plan to erad­i­cate and up­grade in­fra­struc­ture, the above men­tioned area ex­pe­ri­enced bursts fre­quently due to age­ing as­bestos pipes,” Seleke said.

“The es­tab­lish­ment of site took place im­me­di­ately af­ter the launch by the ex­ec­u­tive mayor and ev­ery­thing since then is pro­ceed­ing ac­cord­ing to plan and no de­lays have been ex­pe­ri­enced.”

Seleke said they would be in con­stant com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the af­fected com­mu­nity at all times es­pe­cially where in­ter­rup­tions would be tak­ing place.

“We have also ac­knowl­edged that dur­ing the con­struc­tion process, wa­ter in­ter­rup­tions will be ex­pe­ri­enced, how­ever where dis­rup­tions are planned the af­fected com­mu­ni­ties will be in­formed prior ef­fect­ing such dis­rup­tions in or­der to al­low af­fected the pub­lic mem­bers to make proper ar­range­ments in terms of se­cur­ing al­ter­na­tive wa­ter sources.

“The con­trac­tor started at Adam No­makola Street and progress in terms of lay­ing a wa­ter main for that street is 90%, house con­nec­tions will be done at a later stage.”

Re­cently, the mu­nic­i­pal­ity an­nounced that an amount close to half a bil­lion was made avail­able by the na­tional gov­ern­ment to re­place ag­ing in­fra­struc­ture.

Mayor Man­gal­iso Matika said an amount of R496m has been made avail­able for the project that will see old pipes be­ing re­placed to curb the sewage spillage in the Galeshewe ar­eas.

Matika said dur­ing floods over the years more than 200 house­holds in the Galeshewe area had been af­fected be­cause of the ag­ing in­fra­struc­ture.

“An amount of R496m has been ap­proved by na­tional Trea­sury to fund an es­ti­mated 109km of storm wa­ter chan­nels cov­er­ing var­i­ous sites, but in the main, Noben­gula, through to Green Street, the area north of John Daka to Pniel Road,” Matika said.

“It is in­ter­est­ing to note that our mu­nic­i­pal­ity be­comes the first and only mid­dle in­come mu­nic­i­pal­ity to be as­sisted in this way which is in­dica­tive of the con­fi­dence which our mu­nic­i­pal­ity en­joys.”

Matika said more than 100 tem­po­rary job op­por­tu­ni­ties would be cre­ated with key in­ten­tion of trans­fer­ring skills.

PIC­TURE: GETTY IMAGES

NO PIPE DREAM: The storm wa­ter pipe­line’s con­struc­tion com­menced last month and will take an­other three months to com­plete.

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