Water and Sanitation on Loskop Bulk Water Supply Project

Kwa-Mhlanga and Zakhele communities in Thembisile Hani Municipality to benefit from the Loskop Bulk Water Supply Project

The communities of Kwa-Mhlanga and Zakheni in the Thembisile Hani Local Municipality Mpumalanga are among the 21 villages to benefit from the Loskop Regional Bulk Water Supply Project that is currently underway to abstract raw water from the Loskop Dam and to supply the local municipality in the province, and eight (8) other villages of Moutse-East under Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality in Limpopo.

Loskop Bulk Water Supply Project is a cross-boundary project worth R1,67 billion and comprises of five (5) work packages which are mainly of the laying of 30 km pipelines from Loskop Dam.

Other components of the project include the construction of two (2) water reservoirs, pump stations and Water Treatment Works that will supply 20 megalitres per day to the communities of Thembisile Hani Local Municipality, and three (3) megalitres of water per day that will supply to the community of Moutse East in Limpopo.

Water and Sanitation Minister, Senzo Mchunu has urged the Thembisile Hani Municipality to ensure that the water tankers that are being distributed to areas experiencing water supply challenges, reach all communities that have no access to water.

“We would like to appeal to the municipality to ensure that as they experience water supply interruptions and distribute water tankers for temporary relief, that all communities in need are serviced, said Minister Mchunu.

The Minister said the department had noted that the municipality has been experiencing challenges with constant supply of water due to not having access to a water source, thus the implementation of Loskop Bulk Water Supply Scheme will ensure that the municipality has a source of water and that it is reticulated to residents.

“It is for this reason that the Department has undertaken to construct the 30km pipeline that will abstract and transfer water from the Loskop Dam in Limpopo and direct to Thembisile Hani. This is coupled with the construction water treatment plant and the reservoirs that will bring relief and ensure that the municipality has sustainable supply to its residents.

“The abstracted water will then be treated at the water treatment plant and stored in the reservoirs, then the Water Service Authorities (Nkangala District and Sekhukhune District) will reticulate and distribute to the people of Thembisile Hani and those in Moutse-East in the Elias Motsoaledi, in order to bring the much-needed water supply relief to the communities,” Minister Mchunu elaborated.

Source: Government of South Africa