Sod-turning for water project

MARAPONG — Lephalale Local Municipality Mayor, Cllr Moloko Jack Maeko, Grootegeluk (Exxaro) Mine General Manager, Ronaldt Mafoko, jointly with Limpopo Water and Sanitation Department’s Naomi Mathibe, conducted a sod turning ceremony for the first phase of the construction of Marapong Bulk Water Pipeline.

The ceremony, which was held at the mine’s pump station 3 on 17 September 2020, was also used as a platform for the mine to introduce the main contractor for construction of the pipeline. The District Development Model was launched by the Honourable President, Cyril Ramaphosa, at Shongoane Village last year in November. The model is a system in which all three spheres of government and the private sector plan and implement projects in an integrated manner.

The Pipeline has two phases of which the first phase will be done by Exxaro while the Municipality, together with the Limpopo Department of Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), will complete the second phase. The first phase comprises of the refurbishment of an existing 600 mm diameter steel pipeline from Zeeland Water Treatment Works to Matimba Takeoff, and the construction of a new pipeline from Matimba Takeoff to Exxaro Pump Station 3.  

The second part of the project to be executed by the Municipality and DWS is the construction of 600 mm diameter steel pipeline from Exxaro Pump Station 3 to Marapong storage reservoirs.

According to Mafoko, the project is anticipated to be completed in the next nine months and the mine will continue supporting the project to ensure the successful completion.

On behalf of the DWS, Naomi Mathibe said the DWS is committed to support the project and has also set aside funds to assist in the successful completion of the pipeline.

Speaking during the ceremony, the Mayor welcomed and applauded the commitment by Exxaro of implementing projects that are changing the lives of the people of Lephalale for the better.

“I would like to express my appreciation for the partnership and good working relationship with Exxaro.  

This is not the first multimillion project to be implemented by Exxaro. Another milestone project is the Letlora to Sefihlogo Road which was completed last year,” he concluded.

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