Water scheme will benefit many

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THE people of South Africa should participate constructively in building South Africa, president Jacob Zuma said at the opening of the multimillion-rand Ncora Water Treatment Works near Cofimvaba on Friday.

Zuma said the Chris Hani District Municipality (CHDM) had a responsibility to reflect the values of its namesake and achieve a better life for all.

“The launch of the Ncora Bulk Water Project is a step to improve people’s quality of life. Water is life. We take this seriously as government which is why we established a department dedicated to the provision of water and sanitation.”

PRESIDENTIAL VISIT: President Jacob Zuma, left, with Eastern Cape premier Phumulo Masualle and Water and Sanitation Department Minister Nomvula Mokonyane Picture: ZOLILE MENZELWA
PRESIDENTIAL VISIT: President Jacob Zuma, left, with Eastern Cape premier Phumulo Masualle and Water and Sanitation Department Minister Nomvula Mokonyane Picture: ZOLILE MENZELWA

The works would provide water to the Intsika Yethu area, businesses and settlements in towns between Tsomo and Elliot and should lead to broadened economic activity. The scheme comprised a raw water supply system, construction of the Ncora water treatment works and the building of Ncora dam. Twenty nine villages would draw immediate benefit.

On completion, the Ncora scheme will benefit 75910 people in 97 villages. R229-million has been spent to date, the total estimated cost is R354-million. He said R1.6-billion would be spent in the district.

“This funding will enhance the work of the district municipality and ensure delivery of critical services.”

The CHDM water and sanitation services is functional – I am satisfied. People are consulted in the projects and must participate in the design of the services.”

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