uThukela Exco member and Water & Technical Services Portfolio Committee chairperson Cllr MV Khumalo recently introduced the contractors who will install bulk water pipes in the Ward 3 areas of Amangwe and Bhekuzulu outside Estcourt. He was accompanied by uThukela District Chief Whip Cllr S Dlungwane and Inkosi Langalibalele councillors. This project has been undertaken in order to complete the work of the initial contractor, whose services were terminated by uThukela due to 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. “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.
He then encouraged the community to work together 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 through the proper channels in order to be attended to.
Cllr Khumalo said uThukela has invested more money in Inkosi Langalibalele Municipality regarding service delivery than any other municipality.
The contractor that will take over the work is Maxode Trading & Projects, and the source of funding is the Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MIG).
The project is envisaged to create about 40 temporary jobs for local residents and is expected to take up to 12 months to complete. An amount of over R20 million has been allocated for the project and about 15,600 households are expected to benefit from the project in these areas.
Mr Xolani Zwane from Maxode Trading told those in attendance that priority will be given to locals when they are hiring labourers. He said his company also aims to develop local small businesses in order to benefit them by sub-contracting them. Mr Zwane concluded by mentioning that they also offer training in order to equip and empower locals with the necessary skills and trade.