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R10 billion budgeted for second phase of Gamagara Water Supply Scheme

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The Minister of Water and Sanitation, Senzo Mchunu, has announced that R10 billion has been budgeted for the second phase of the Gamagara Water Supply Scheme.

Minister Senzo Mchunu. Picture: Sibonelo Ngcobo/ANA

THE MINISTER of Water and Sanitation, Senzo Mchunu, has announced that R10 billion has been budgeted for the second phase of the Gamagara Water Supply Scheme.

Mchunu made the announcement during his budget vote this week.

He said that more than R1 billion has already been spent on the first phase of the project.

“The construction of the bulk water supply project is critical to both the mining sector and communities of the Northern Cape. The project involves the construction of a bulk pipeline from the Vaal River to Hotazel, including reticulation to communities located along the pipeline. A total of R1.4 billion has already been spent on Phase 1 of the project, which is 96% complete. A further R10 billion will be spent as soon as phase 2 is implemented this year,” said Mchunu.

He said the project is the result of a partnership between the private and government sectors.

“The project is implemented as a public-private collaboration between government and mining houses in the Northern Cape, who are contributing almost equally in terms of finances.”

Mchunu said that another project between the private and public sectors is the Vaalharts Irrigation System.

The project involves the Department of Water and Sanitation, the Vaalharts Water User Association and the Infrastructure Fund and aims to refurbish the entire canal system of the scheme.

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