The Executive Mayor of Sekhukhune District Municipality, Cllr Julia Lata Mathebe, welcomed a high-level delegation led by the Minister of Water and Sanitation Senzo Mchunu together with his deputy David Mahlobo, Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtsweni – Tsipane, Mpumalanga MEC COGTA Mandla Ndlovu, Limpopo MEC CoGHSTA Basikopo Makamu, Executive Mayor of Nkangala District Municipality Cllr Leah Khoza – Mabuza and Thembisile Hani Executive Mayor Cllr Lesetja Dikgale to assess the work on the pipeline from Loskop Dam to Moutse and Thembisile Hani Local Municipality.
The 40km pipeline will pass through Moutse East, where a package plant and water reservoir will be constructed. Once completed, the 3megalitre package plant will augment the provision of water in that area through the Moutse Water Scheme.
This project will supply sustainable clean drinkable water to 8 villages in Moutse East – Tambo Square, Malaeneng, Ntwane/Mametse, Marapong, Thabakhubidu, Phooko,Bloempoort/Uitspanning and Elandsdoring (Stop light,Tamong).
The Executive Mayor expressed her gratitude for this crucial intervention by the minister.
“Minister, I am extremely excited and delighted that through your intervention, the people of Moutse will finally drink water from the Loskop Dam,” said Cllr Mathebe.
The delegation paid a courtesy visit to Bantwane Tribal Authority under Kgoshigadi Mathebe and later proceeded to brief a broader community stakeholders meeting. Members of the community requested the Executive Mayor to be at the forefront of the project and make sure that the people of Moutse benefit economically from this project, especially young people, women, and people with disabilities.
The pipeline project from Loskop Dam to Moutse (with the construction of a 3megalitre package plant and reservoir) will be administered by the Department of Water and Sanitation with Nkangala District Municipality as the implementing agent. It will take 18 months to complete at the cost of 60 million Rands.