South African President Jacob Zuma officially launched the R12.5-billion Mzimvubu Water Project at Tsolo Junction near Mthatha in the Eastern Cape on Friday.
One the key projects in the government’s strategic infrastructure development programme, the Mzimvubu project will involve the construction of two dams, a hydropower plant, bulk water distribution infrastructure and infield irrigation developments.
The 490-million cubic metre Ntabelanga Dam, to be built in Ntabelanga on the Tsitsa River, a tributary of the Mzimvubu River, will be South Africa’s 10th largest dam once completed. It will help to meet the province’s domestic, agricultural and industrial water requirements, as well as possible supply the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality and the Orange/Vaal River System in the longer term.
The second dam, the Laleni Dam, will be used for hydro power generation. The dam will be able to generate 35 megawatts (MW) of baseload power, or up to 180 MW of peaking power when operated jointly with the Ntabelanga Dam.
Zuma said the design work on the project was due to be completed by June, with construction scheduled to start in November and be completed by February 2018.
He said the project was expected to create about 6 700 jobs during the construction phase and 6 500 jobs during the operational phase.
“The development of this Mzimvubu catchment will indeed accelerate the social and economic upliftment of the communities in this region,” Zuma said, noting that the project would supply water to over 720 000 households in the OR Tambo, Alfred Nzo and Joe Gqabi districts.
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