Uthukela hands over water contractors in Weenen

Uthukela hands over water contractors in Weenen
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UThukela District Municipality Mayor Cllr AS Mazibuko accompanied by ward Councillors, Cllr BS Dladla of kwaMthaniya ward 21and Cllr SA Mvelase of ward 22 in Nhlawe on Friday, March 24 introduced the contractor to install water pipe at the abovementioned areas outside Weenen under Inkosi Langalibalele Local Municipality.

The contractors will be undertaking the construction of water project.

When completed, the scheme expected to serve approximately 270 households in the areas of KwaMthiyaye and 320 households at Nhlawe. The project is also expected to create about 66 temporary jobs opportunities for the locals. Each project is envisaged to take about twelve (12) months to complete.

The project has been awarded to two private companies, Shula Construction and Hydrotech Infrastructure respectively. The source of funding itself is the Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MIG) which has been made available by the department of CoGTA. It is estimated that about R23 million will be injected to the project on its completion at KwaMthaniya and over R25 million at Inhlawe. This was done in an attempt to tackle water scarcity in these areas which has been going on for quite some time.

“We are bringing this water project here in KwaMthaniya and Nhlawe because it is our aim to bring a hygienic and drinkable water to the community as it is our duty to make sure that the community gets basic needs. As we are bringing the water project here we also aim to bring potable water to the community and today we are here to introduce contractors which are ready to commence work soon. The project will also create temporary jobs for the locals, said the Mayor.

He further urge the community to work hand in hand with the service provider to get the job done in time. Cllr Dladla and member’s community of KwaMthaniya were grateful that the district has come to the rescue of the people. He said the construction of water reservoir and infrastructure is very important to address water issues in the area. The community thanked the Mayor for everything they do to develop their municipality including the people residing within its boundaries. “Even though we witness development in our area but it would not be enough until it reaches the entire communities”, said Cllr Dladla.

The Mayor then reminded the audience that working together as community is vital to bring service delivery to the people. He told them that water works takes a long of time to complete, so people need to be patient. He also urged people to report any problems they encounter with water tankers in the area and illegal connections. The residents were happy that they will now have water piped into their yards.

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Issued by: Sindi Mvelase
UThukela District Municipality
Communications Unit
Cell: 072 175 5650

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