Suikerbosrand Still Reeling from Water Shortages

Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve
March 9, 2015

The Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve is still battling to secure adequate water flow, despite the Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development (DID) spending millions of rands to address the problem.

Gauteng MEC for Infrastructure Development, Nandi Mayathula-Khoza, has indicated in a written reply, that the Department has budgeted over R26,3 million on water infrastructure in the nature reserve.

Despite this, the upgrades to both the Northern Water and Southern Water lines remain incomplete.

The MEC indicated that delays to the northern line have been due to poor performance by service providers and a breakdown in the relationship between the departmental professional team and the contractor.

This line is due for completion by the end of this financial year (31 March 2015).

However, of the R 17.1 million allocated for the Northern line – at least R3.2 million still needs to be spent on cleaning and disinfecting the new reservoir and pipeline, the installation of telemetry systems and increasing the booster pump house electricity supply.

Completion of the Southern Water line – also expected at the end of this financial year, is in a far worse state.

To date, the department has only managed to spend R2.2 million of the R9.1 million budget allocated to this project.

It is highly unlikely that in the remaining three weeks of this financial year that the Southern line will be operational.

MEC Mayathula-Khoza must take a more proactive approach to this project, and ensure that contractors and department staff are held to account for wasteful expenditure and project failures.

 

Media enquiries:

Ina Cilliers MPL

DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Infrastructure Development

060 556 4344

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One Comment

  1. I was part of the team that started the link northern waterline at Suikerbosrand nature reserve and have proof that the project delays were as a result of incompetence by the engineer who also committed fraud in the project.

    I have emails and documentation that prove that we had communicated our concerns to the then chief director Ivan Pretorius then Mr Mmakwena Selepe who came after him. No action was taken by the department even after we had given proof about the irregularities happening on the project.

    We opened a case with the Public Protector and after almost three years of investigations, with all supporting evidence submitted to the PP, a recommendation to pay the contractor was made by the PP but that remedial action has not been undertaken by the department.

    My contact number is 076 426 2689 and I’m available for comment an/or interview with evidence.

    The engineer’s name is Christopher Singo and he’s the CEO of MOSA Group.

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