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Nov 26 2012 12:24PM
 
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Sithandiwe Velaphi

Alfred Nzo district municipality will tomorrow launch the massive R1.3bn Mbizana bulk water scheme, which will see 872 jobs created during the construction phase.

The scheme, will supply clean water to the entire population of Mbizana and neighbouring areas from Ludeke Dam. Phase one of the initiative is halfway towards completion, said Alfred Nzo municipality spokesperson, Ndabuko Masumpa.

“This initiative is yielding positive spin-offs for the communities as more than 872 people are expected to be employed during phase one of the construction. More than 18978 households will have access to clean water once phase one of the initiative is complete and more than 132000 people will have access to clean water,” said Masumpa adding that locals had started working on the dam.

Masumpa said Alfred Nzo executive mayor Eunice Diko, Mbizana local municipality mayor Zoleka Busuku, Umngeni Water Board members and traditional leaders were expected to attend the launch which will be held at Mphuthumi Mafumbatha Stadium.

“The mayors will take a tour to various points of the dam and the nearby water treatment works which will clean and distribute water to the community of Mbizana.

“The delegation will proceed to address community members at Mphuthumi Mafumbatha Stadium in town to launch the R44m sanitation project which will see more six wards in Mbizana having access to clean ventilated sanitation facilities.”

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