MEDIA ADVISORY

REMINDER: Minister Mchunu to launch National Water Month by conducting inspections of Bulk Water Supply Projects in Mpumalanga and Limpopo

03 March 2023

The Minister of Water and Sanitation Senzo Mchunu and his Deputy Ministers, David Mahlobo and Dikeledi Magadzi, is today Friday, 03 March 2023, officially launching the National Water Month in Loskop, Mpumalanga by conducting inspection at the Loskop Bulk Water Supply Project and engage members of the community in the area.

Annually, the Department of Water and Sanitation celebrates the National Water Month from 1 to 31 March, which is an expansion from the United Nations (UN)’s annual World Water Day on March 22nd.

This year’s National Water Month will be observed under the theme, “Accelerating change”, as declared by the UN, and calls on governments of the world, the water sector and society at large to work together to accelerate change to solve water challenges.

The Loskop Bulk Water Supply Project is a cross-boundary project that will benefit communities in both Thembisile Hani Local Municipality in Mpumalanga and Elias Motswaledi Local Municipality in Limpopo.

The water scheme project entails three work packages of laying pipelines from Loskop Dam to a Water Treatment Works in Verena. These project packages are implemented simultaneously to accelerate the project.

The Minister together with the provincial leaders from both Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces will inspect progress made at the water scheme Verena.

Following the site inspection visits, the Minister will engage with different stakeholders and community members in the area and provide feedback on the progress made on the water supply project thus far.

Minister will later proceed to assess the Moutse Drought Relief Project in Sekhukhune District Municipality in Limpopo.

Members of the media are invited to a Media Doorstop and the events as follows:

Date: Friday, 03 March 2023

Loskop Bulk Water Supply Project

1st Sites visit: Loskop BWS Work Packages 2 & 3 (pipeline, reservoir and Water Treatment Works) Project Verena – Media Doorstop
Meeting point: Loskop BWS Work Package 2 Site Office, Verena

Time: 8h00

Verena Community Engagement
Time: 09h30

Venue: Verena Community Hall

2nd site visit: Loskop BWS Work Package 1 (Pipeline and Pump Station)
Venue: Pipeline, Loskop

Time: 11h30

Moutse Drought Relief Project in Sekhukhune District Municipality – Moutse West

Site visit: Kgaphamadi and Mpheleng Sites (Media Doorstop)
Time 13h00

Moutse Community Engagement
Venue: Philadelphia hospital Sport Ground

Time: 13H35

For confirmations, please contact Themba Khoza on 066 301 6962 / KhozaB@dws.gov.za or Mashilo Raletjena on 082 928 4148 / RaletjenaM2@dws.gov.za

Issued by the Department of Water & Sanitation

For more information, contact Wisane Mavasa, Spokesperson for the Department of Water and Sanitation on 060 561 8935 / mavasaw@dws.gov.za or Kamogelo Mogotsi, Spokesperson for the Ministry on 076 523 0085.

For media releases, speeches and news visit the Water & Sanitation portal at: www.dws.gov.za

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