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21 villages in Mpumalanga and Limpopo are expected to gain from the Loskop Regional Bulk Water
Supply Project, according to Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu.
Eight communities in Moutse-East under Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality in Limpopo and 21
villages under Thembisile Hani Local Municipality in Mpumalanga will receive water from the R1.67
billion project now underway to extract raw water from Loskop Dam.
Due to a lack of access to a water source, Thembisile Hani municipality has been facing problems
with water supply.
“The implementation of Loskop Bulk Water Supply Scheme will ensure that the municipality has a
source of water and that it is reticulated to residents.
“It is for this reason that the department has undertaken to construct the 30km pipeline that will
abstract and transfer water from Loskop Dam in Limpopo and direct it to Thembisile Hani. This is
coupled with the construction of a water treatment plant and reservoirs that will bring relief and
ensure that the municipality has sustainable supply to its residents.
“The abstracted water will then be treated at the water treatment plant and stored in the reservoirs.
The Water Service Authorities (Nkangala District and Sekhukhune District) will reticulate and
distribute to the people of Thembisile Hani and those in Moutse East in the Elias Motsoaledi in order
to bring much-needed water supply relief to the communities,” Mchunu explained.
The Minister asked the Thembisile Hani municipality to make sure that all communities in need
receive the water tankers that are being provided to regions with problematic water supplies.
The Loskop water project is a cross-boundary project. It comprises five work packages, which include
the laying of 30-kilometre pipelines from Loskop Dam.
Other components of the project include the construction of two water reservoirs, pump stations
and water treatment work that will supply 20 megalitres per day to the communities of Thembisile
Hani, and three megalitres of water per day.