Byline: Nonjabuliso Nhlambo

23 January 2023

Kinross residents have been experiencing water supply and water shortage problems for a couple of years now and to resolve the water crisis, Govan Mbeki Municipality proclaimed the launch of a bulk water pipeline project.

GMM held a sod turning ceremony for the upgrading of the existing asbestos cement gravity main water pipe on Monday, 23 January 2023 at Kinross.

The purpose of the upgrade is aimed at ending water outages in the area.

The appointed contractor is Best Enough who is a local contractor from Govan Mbeki Municipality.

The project is estimated to last up until end of October 2023.

According to the municipality Kinross has been experiencing water supply challenges due to high demand.

The area has been receding interrupted water supply, especially Thistle Groove.

The bulk lie infrastructure has aged and cannot accommodate the demand including the projected demand for the current and upcoming development within the area.

The current project will be upgrading two bulk water lenes, the first one is the 160mm AC pipe to 315mm uPVC pipe from rand water connection supplying water to Kinross town, extension 30 development and Thistle Groove. The second one is the 250mm uPVC pipe to 315mm pipe supplying water to extension 25,21,22 and Marikana Section coming to extension33 and 34 developments.

The Executive Mayor Cllr. Nhlakanipho Zuma urged the consultant and contractor to ensure that they implement standards that are desired in terms of quality and serving the community.

“We request that all those that have interest in assisting and benefiting from the project follow the correct procedures so that they can benefit.

Those who want employment can come through the set standards and procedures for them to get employment.

I will plead with the contractor to be fair to all our communities and give equal opportunities.

We do not want any project that will be stopped because it delays progress, and we are in a quest to build a city in less than 7 years.

As Govan Mbeki Municipality we continue to commit ourselves to transform our community’s livelihood for the better,” said d the executive mayor of Govan Mbeki Municipality at the launch of the project.

Cllr Rose Nkabinde of ward 16 called a community meeting on Tuesday, 24 January 2022 to inform the residents of ward 16 in Kinross of the upcoming bulk water pipeline project which will create employment and combat all their water issues.

During the meeting, the explained the reasons why some residents in Kinross go for days without water and how this project is going to address those issues.

She also explained the employment processes with the applications for Community Liaison Officer opening on Wednesday, 25 January 2023 and closing on Friday, 27 January 2023 which shall be followed by all the other processes on dates to be announced to the community.

Community members in Ward 16 pleaded with the councillor to follow all due processes when the employment stages commences so that they do not experience the same problems they having with the Sewer Plant Project in “Marikana”.

Govan Mbeki Municipal council