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