Uthukela introduces a contractor to install bulk water pipes

Community members listening to the good news delivered to them.

Jabulani Mkhonza
UThukela District Municipality
Communications Unit
The UThukela District Municipality Executive Committee member and Chairperson for the Water and Technical Services Portfolio Committee Cllr MV Khumalo accompanied by uThukela District Chief Whip Cllr S Dlungwane and

Inkosi Langalibalele councillors introduced the contractors to install bulk water pipes in Ward three areas of Amangwe and Bhekuzulu.

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This was done in order to complete the work of the initial contractor whose services were terminated by uThukela due to its poor workmanship.

In his opening remarks, Cllr Khumalo reminded the audience that South Africa is not a water-rich country, so when we talk about water; we talk about a very critical issue.

UThukela District EXCO member Cllr MV Khumalo introducing the contractor in Nyezane Hall.

“We are here today to introduce a contractor who is going to complete the work of laying bulk water supply pipes following the termination of services of the previous contractor due to its poor work,” Cllr Khumalo explained.

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He then encouraged the community to work with the municipality in order for the project to be successful. He also urged the community to report any problems they may encounter with the contractor to proper channels so it can be attended to.

Cllr Khumalo said uThukela has invested more money in Inkosi Langalibalele Local Municipality for service delivery, than in any other municipality. The contractor that will take over the work is Maxode Trading and Projects.

The source of funding is coming from the Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MIG). The project is envisaged to create about 40 temporary jobs for the locals. It is also expected to take up to 12 months to complete. An amount of over R 20 million has been allocated for the project. About 15 600 households are expected to benefit from the project in these areas.

Mr Xolani Zwane from Maxode Trading told the audience that priority will be given to the locals when they are hiring labourers.

He said that his company also aims to develop local small businesses in order for them to benefit from the project by sub-contracting. Mr Zwane concluded by mentioning that they also offer training in order to equip and empower the locals with necessary skills and trade.

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