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Recently, KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala stated that the provincial government is redoubling efforts to provide water and essential services. Including electricity, sanitation, roads, and internet access.
The Premier launched a water master plan and borehole intervention programme to alleviate water shortages in rural communities.
The provincial government said the water master plan spells out the water-related challenges and outlines the short, medium and long-term solutions.
As part of the medium-term measures, the provincial government – through the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs built 250 boreholes in six districts. Namely Amajuba, uMkhanyakude, Zululand, uMzinyathi, uThukela and Harry Gwala.
“We are pleased that the launch of these production boreholes and production pumps occurs as we conclude Public Service Month and Heritage Month. This is a testament to government’s commitment to fulfill the constitutionally enshrined right to water, which is guaranteed in our Bill of Rights.”
Zikalala said the government is keen on ensuring that everyone, especially those in rural communities, also taste the full benefits of freedom. This is by ensuring that they receive basic services like water and decent sanitation.
The Premier noted that water is a precious resource we cannot survive without. Noting, we cannot grow the economy and create employment without it. “It is necessary for agriculture and is always at the heart of economic development. With the advent of COVID-19, we also saw water becoming central in fighting the pandemic, which first announced itself in KwaZulu-Natal in March 2020 (sic).”
Moreover, a key point in the prevention strategy for curbing the infectious virus spread has been strict hand hygiene by washing hands regularly.
Other major water projects in KwaZulu-Natal include the following:
- The uMshwathi Bulk Water Scheme (BWS), launched in November 2020 at the cost of R500 million.
- The Lower uMkhomazi BWS, Umgeni Water, which is estimated to be completed in 2023.
- The Cwabeni Project, which will be completed in 2022, and Stephen Dlamini Dam, estimated to be completed in 2023.
Zikalala said that once entirely developed, the uMkhomazi Water Project will be the largest water transfer scheme in South Africa, at an estimated total cost of R23 billion.
The Premier further noted, “The water master plan is one of the clearest indications by our government of our commitment to building better communities by delivery that is tangible, demonstrable, and measurable. This provincial water master plan lays out all the facets of that requirement and will be a test of our mission to build a capable developmental State, which adequately addresses the needs of our people in its delivery of quality, sustainable services. The plan will require no less than R150 billion in the next 10 to 15 years,”.
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