Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane will officiate Friday at the ground-breaking ceremony to mark the start of construction on the 18 billion Rand (about 1.3 billion US dollars) Vaal Gamagara Water Project in South Africa's Northern Cape Province.
Phase one of the project involves the laying of an 82-kilometre pipeline, will stretch from Roscoe in Kathu to Black Rock.
"The maximum capacity of the current scheme is 2,500 cubic metres per hour (m3/h) and the new scheme will be able to supply a peak demand of 5,200 m3/h, including future water supply to Botswana. The system will be upgraded by replacing the existing pipeline with a larger diameter pipeline," the Water and Sanitation Department said in a statement here Thursday.
The original scheme was built 56 years ago and is beyond its lifespan. It no longer has the capacity to supply sufficient water to satisfy the increased demand brought about by mines, municipalities and agricultural production.
Upon completion, beneficiaries of phase one will include 14 livestock farms, 12 mines, solar parks and the communities of Kathu, Olifantshoek and Hotazel, benefiting a population of 23,499.
The driving force for the increased water demand is the expanding iron ore and manganese mining operations in the area.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.