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.
Ina Cilliers MPL
DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Infrastructure Development
060 556 4344