Alfred Nzo District Municipality is currently embarking on Mayoral Outreach Programme, opening water taps for the first time to 25 villages, benefit more than 4000 households throughout the district.

Executive mayor, Sixolile Mehlomakhulu, said the water projects which were funded through Water Services Infrastructure Grant (WSIG) to provide intermediate water solutions and interventions to rural communities with no planned long term infrastructure, saw residents of Papane, Sugerbush, Skhemane, Qhanqu, Mpoza villages in Umzimvubu; Mowa, Cola, Ngqwashu, Quphu, Chancele villages in Ntabankulu; Stofini, Luphilisweni, Nontlanga, Topozo, Fundambini and Dayimane villages in Mbizana and  BlackDiamond, Zitapile, Magema, Mrwabo, NewStands and Hlwahlweni villages in Matatiele.

“These projects are valued at R110 million were allocated in terms of WSIG and has provided much needed relief as we are trying to reduce water supply backlog in the district,” said Mayor Mehlomakhulu adding that more that they created more than 300 job opportunities for locals.

 Mehlomakhulu said the municipality started rolling out these projects in July last year. 

meanwhile, he also revealed that the extensive Mayoral Outreach Programme will further see the launching of new water projects of this nature in other villages to reach another 4000 households once complete. Mayor said the new to be launched projects were expected to be implemented on an average period of between 6 months to 12 months.

“This is a massive boost to water provisioning in our region, particularly that we are also continuing with our long term water infrastructure development funded through Municipal Infrastructure Grant and we will be also handing over those big projects in the next few months and throughout the financial year,” he concluded.