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Matsebe Phasha, Deputy Chairperson of the Board of LNW and Kennedy Tshivhase, Chairperson, at the media briefing.

More water for city to alleviate crisis

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The capacity of the Olifantspoort Water Package Plant, being one of the major sources of water for the city, will soon be augmented with 10 mega litre per day and will provide additional water to Polokwane.
This was announced by the Chairman of the Board of Lepelle Northern Water (LNW), Kennedy Tshivhase at a media briefing at a venue in the city shortly before closing for the festive season. Tshivhase said that construction of the works is under way and that the improvements will be completed and in operation by 30 April.
“The significance of such a package plant is that it will then deliver water to Fetakgomo Municipality in Sekhukhune District Municipality resulting into additional water being available for Polokwane Municipality,” Tshivhase said.
Referring to the aims and objectives of LNW, Tshivhase said that while striving to ensure that all residents of Limpopo have access to clean water and dignified sanitation, LNW is determined to promote effective and efficient water resources management that will ensure sustainable economic and social development in the province.
“LNW finds itself operating and servicing municipalities that have a high rate of indigents and unemployment, factors dictating LNW to set affordable tariffs without compromising its sustainability,” Tshivhase added.
According to Tshivhase, LNW is being owed about R1 billion by its customers.
“Discussions are at an advanced stage for concluding payment arrangements and we have a clear understanding that the majority of our customers are municipalities not having cost recovery from their customers, hence the approach of providing assistance to enable them to service their debts,” Tshivhase explained and added that the failure of municipalities to pay their debts adversely affects the building of new infrastructure, operations and maintenance of existing infrastructure and the maintenance of water quality and pollution control.
Tshivhase alluded to the Provincial Water Master Plan which forms part of the various initiatives led by LNW and explained that it aims to ensure that water and sanitation services are secure and sustainable and that it includes a schedule of interventions, actions and investments that are required to enable the achievement of targets, specifies the roles and responsibilities of role players, identifies the intermediate and final targets and deadlines and determines how performance will be monitored and measured.
Tshivhase also reported that LNW has performed well in line with its first quarter targets and said that it is his wish that the achievements should be sustained until the end of the year to the benefit of deserving communities.

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