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12 March 2024

Vhembe District Municipality, in partnership with the Development Bank of South Africa(DBSA), COGHTA, COGHSTA, the Council for Science and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the Department of Water and Sanitation launched the spring water pilot project on 06th March 2024 at Thohoyandou SABC offices.

14 springs were identified at Thulamela and Makhado Local municipalities under the following villages; Mavhola (2), Ha-Manyuwa(4), Tshirolwe (2), Tshifume (2) and Milaboni (4).

Khwathelani Phanuel Bologo, Head of infrastructure planning at DBSA, said that ” the project is the first of its kind in Vhembe District Municipality under Limpopo Province”.

” We have just started with the first phase of the project,  which is the feasibility study, and the rest will follow, out of  114 springs identified in the district we have selected 14 springs as our initial pilot project and we are bringing the team of specialists  and a group of engineers from CSIR because our aim is to deliver safe, affordable drinking water to the people and also to provide opportunities for local economic development in the district, the projects will further be implemented at  Collins Chabane and Musina Local Municipalities” Said Khwathelani Bologo, Head of infrastructure planning at DBSA.

The Executive Mayor,Cllr. Freda Nkondo said that the project came at the right time when the district has dedicated its energy to supplying  and providing water to the communities.”

“We encourage traditional leaders and all the members of the communities

 to take full responsibility and ownership of these projects because they are meant to alleviate water shortage in our villages. Let’s work together to protect our water infrastructure and fight against those who have evil intentions of vandalism.” Said the Executive Mayor, Cllr.Freda Nkondo.

Khosi Vho Dr. Thshifularo said that ” as traditional leaders, they expect the smooth running of the projects, and they are glad to be funded because their springs will be protected and sustained, and the team of experts from CSIR will assist in the provision of clean drinkable water”.