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Water shortage is a thing of the past in Giyani

By Maanda Mulaudzi

President Jacob Zuma together with the Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane visited Mopani to launch Giyani Water Treatment  Works on the 31st of October 2014. The launch culminated in a Presidential Imbizo which is part of the Presidential Siyahlola Monitoring and Evaluation programme.

The water treatment works supplies 55 villages including Giyani Town with a combined population of 229 967. The scheme is designed to provide household connections in the town and street taps at the Reconstruction and Development Programme ( RDP) level.

In his address President Zuma said “There is an acute shortage of water in the Mopani District area. The scale of dependence on boreholes illustrates the gravity of the challenge, even in the hospitals. The rural areas in this part of the country are suffering, particularly when you consider that almost half of the boreholes drilled are for one or other reason not working”.

This in essence, means the scope of the Giyani Water Treatment Works project include the construction of additional 6.7 Megalitres per day.  It also includes the refurbishment of the existing 30 Megalitres Water Treatment Works to increase the supply to 36.7 Megalitres per day. The plant is part of the 26 Water Treatment Works which supplies the Mopani District.