Limpopo villages to get R8m water boost

Monday, April 11, 2011

Thohoyandou - An R8.1 million project aimed at supplying water to three villages in Limpopo is expected to get underway next month.

Water and Environmental Affairs Deputy Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi unveiled plans for the project during the 100th year celebration of Mukula village outside Thohoyandou at the weekend. The celebration also commemorated the late Chief Joel Mphathele Takalani-Tshivhase, who ruled the village in 1911.

"We, as a department, in conjunction with the Vhembe district municipality have set aside R8.1 million this financial year to help address shortages of water. In addition to rehabilitating existing boreholes, two new boreholes will be drilled," said Mabudafhasi.

Mabudafhasi said the Mukula Water Project would end next year June and urged the community to stop damaging water pipes and to report burst or leaking water pipes and illegal water connections to the Thulamela local municipality.

She said the project would supplement the Damani Regional Water Supply scheme, to which the department donated R2 million last year, in a bid to address water shortages in the area.

Mabudafhasi said the project would also assist the Tshidimbini and Tshivhilwi villages, which normally relied on water from crocodile-infested rivers.