The Mopani District Municipality in Limpopo is to spend R103m on upgrading water and sanitation services this year, with projects already underway in all the five local municipalities in the district.
"We are committed to providing all communities in the district with clean water and decent sanitation by 2010," said municipal spokesperson Tumelo Malaka on Monday.
He said the projects are being implemented with assistance from the Development Bank of Southern Africa, the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry and the Department of Provincial and Local Government.
Mopani Executive Mayor Humphrey Mokgobi announced the projects during his State of the District Address earlier this year.
The projects include the construction of a new sewerage system in Modjadjiskloof and the installation of bulk water pipelines in Mamaila village in the Greater Letaba Municipality.
Between 2000 and 2007, the district has spent about R371m on water infrastructure, resulting in resulting in more than 60% of the estimated million residents having access to a water supply.
"While we continue to prioritise water provision, we call upon our people to respond to the call of 'masakhane' and pay their municipal services so that we can make local government grow together," said Mokgobi.
Mopani has five local municipalities namely Greater Tzaneen, Ba-Phalaborwa, Greater Letaba, Greater Giyani and Maruleng.
The Letaba, Giyani and Maruleng municipalities are receiving assistance through national government's capacity building initiative, the Siyenza Manje programme.
The Development Bank of Southern Africa has been allocated R741m by the national treasury over a three-year period to build capacity in 136 municipalities which were placed under Project Consolidate in 2004.
The aim is to ensure that these municipalities have access to engineers, project managers, financial experts and development planners.
Siyenza Manje's initial focus is on sanitation and water infrastructure. – Neville Maakana, BuaNews
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