The Moses Kotane Local Municipality’s Portfolio Committee of Infrastructure & Technical Services led by Clr Ezekiel Mashimo officially turned the sod for the construction of a R25 million Phase 3 of the Ground Water Optimization project.

The project will address community outcry on prolonged shortage of water supply in various villages as this was consistently raised by communities during Integrated Development Plan public participation meetings.
The following villages are beneficiaries of the project:
• Witranjie
• Ramokgolelwa
• Manamela
• Koffiekraal

Sod turning ceremonies of infrastructure projects are led by the Municipal Portfolio Committee of Infrastructure and Technical Services to officially introduce the project, contractor and consultants to communities and the local tribal authorities.

Portfolio Head of Infrastructure & Technical Services, Clr Ezekiel Mashimo highlighted the importance of bringing basic services to the people through infrastructure development.
“We are giving you community members platform to participate in Government planning and implementation of services through this engagement meetings so that you know about the project and monitor it without fail. We are doing this to keep community abreast on the developments that are about to happen in their villages for them to take ownership of the projects, and lastly to introduce the contractor to Traditional leader (Kgosi) and people. It is important that the municipality put Traditional Leaders, as the relevant authority, at the forefront of service provision due to the rural nature of our municipality. This can be witnessed through inclusion of traditional councillors on the project steering committee,” said Clr Mashimo.

Brief on ground water optimisation:
It is an inclusive project that looks at identifying existing boreholes by testing for yield and quality. The boreholes are then equipped and commissioned for augmentation of supply deficiency by drilling new boreholes which are also tested. Boreholes stations and pump houses and pumps are established. Once that is done, Application for connection for energy to Eskom is done. Design and construction of suitable pipeline connecting boreholes to the reservoir is also done for people to access water.

Issued by Moses Kotane Local Municipality