Joy over wa­ter treat­ment plant re­vamp

Pretoria News - - NEWS - KEKETSO MASHIGO

THE up­graded Waste­water Treat­ment Plant at Re­filwe Manor was un­veiled to the com­mu­nity and mem­bers of the me­dia on Fri­day.

The project forms part of a multi-year project con­sist­ing of the in­stal­la­tion of in­ter­nal wa­ter and sewer retic­u­la­tion con­nec­tion to 769 res­i­den­tial stands.

It was part of the sec­ond phase, which in­cluded the con­struc­tion of bulk wa­ter and sewer lines.

The project also in­cluded the con­struc­tion of a reser­voir and two pump sta­tions.

“I am so thrilled with the avail­abil­ity of clean wa­ter; hav­ing new houses with no clean wa­ter had been so stress­ful,” res­i­dent Mat­lam­otse Man­t­hole said. Her home is one of about 8 000 house­holds in Re­filwe Manor to ben­e­fit from the com­pleted project.

An­other res­i­dent, Jimmy Mam­abolo, said the re­lief at learn­ing that the wa­ter sys­tem had been com­pleted was over­whelm­ing.

He said they had ex­pe­ri­ence wa­ter prob­lems for a long time. “We have lived for many years drink­ing pol­luted wa­ter; now I am happy that there is a wa­ter pu­rifi­ca­tion sys­tem,” he said.

MMC for hous­ing and hu­man set­tle­ments, Mandla Nkomo, said liv­ing in a beau­ti­ful RDP house with no ac­cess to clean wa­ter must have been the most dif­fi­cult thing for the res­i­dents. He said: “Land in­va­sion makes it hard for us to de­liver ser­vices to the peo­ple. I am very happy and in­spired that you have pro­tected this project and de­nied il­le­gal land oc­cu­piers a chance.” Nkomo said land in­va­sions and the il­le­gal oc­cu­pa­tion of RDP houses were huge chal­lenges faced by the city.

“We need to un­der­stand that peo­ple are some­times very des­per­ate to have their own places,” he said.

The city would make sure they for­malised in­for­mal set­tle­ments by pro­vid­ing ba­sic ser­vices such as elec­tric­ity and wa­ter.

He added they could not af­ford to have houses stand­ing empty be­cause there was no wa­ter and proper san­i­ta­tion for the com­mu­nity.

“One of my chal­lenges is to en­sure there is no de­lay in the al­lo­ca­tion of houses,” added Nkomo.

PIC­TURE: OUPA MOKOENA

Pi­eter de Bruyn of Q4C, MMC for hous­ing and hu­man set­tle­ments in the metro, Mandla Nkomo, Mu­lalo Tsh­i­ololi, of Makole Group and Rud­czani Budeli of Makole Group at the pre­sen­ta­tion of the up­graded Waste­water Treat­ment Plant in Re­filwe, Cul­li­nan. The man...

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