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Ugu mayor announces water projects

The intention is to implement these projects across the district to provide much-needed relief to residents.

Ugu District Municipality mayor Sikhumbuzo Mqadi recently announced 14 water and sanitation projects to be implemented for the 2023/24 financial year through the recently approved R1 billion adjustment budget.

Mqadi said they intend to implement these projects across the district to provide much-needed relief to residents.

Also, the long-awaited power upgrade of Umthamvuna treatment works will now be realised after the signing of a memorandum of agreement between the municipality and the interested parties.

He said that R33 915 649 has been allocated for the Msikaba and Surrounds Water Supply Scheme in Ray Nkonyeni Municipality (RNM).

Other allocations are: R15 000 000 for the KwaLembe bulk water extension in Umdoni; R34 000 000 for the Malangeni low-cost housing project in Umdoni; R1 380 000 for the Umzinto slum clearance; R3 390 000 for the KwaMgayi project in Umdoni; R4 381 336 for the Margate sewer pipeline replacement; R13 617 549 for the Umdoni South bulk water supply; R8 712 510 for the Mthamvuna abstraction and water treatment; R16 942 690 for emergency boreholes for the district; R13 800 000 for the Vulamehlo cross border water supply in Umdoni; R34 798 663 for the Margate sanitation and sewer reticulation; R9 300 000 for the Park Rynie sewer reticulation and bulk outfall sewer in Umdoni; R14 482 850 for the refurbishment of water and sanitation infrastructure in Boboyi, Mbango and Scottburgh; R70 383 797 for the water pipeline replacement in RNM.

Mqadi added that R204 937 050 has been set aside from the Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MIG) for the water and sanitation infrastructure programme.

An additional R30 997 181 from the equitable share will be spent to ensure that the municipality continues to provide people with free basic water via the communal standpipes.

He also said that the ageing water and sanitation infrastructure continues to be a perennial threat to the provision of uninterrupted supply of water and sanitation services in the district.

“We have allocated 2.95% of the total budget to maintenance and repairs to municipal infrastructure. In respect of water provision, an allocation of R9 000 000 indigent support has been set aside to provide 6kl of water to deserving and qualifying households. The total gross monthly income of all members of the household must not exceed two old age pension grants. We have instructed our finance department to visit our indigent register and ensure that it is in line with the approved policy,” said Mqadi.


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