IN THE PICTURE: From Far left :Director Technical Support; Ngwathe Municipality- Temba Malunga, Closure Manager ;Voorspoed Mine – Petrus Jordaan , Chief Whip and MMC for Infrastructure Ngwathe Municipality – Cllr Ndayi , Executive Mayor Ngwathe Municipality – Cllr. Joey Mochela , Regional Manager ; Department of Mineral Resources and Energy – Kalipa Kewuti , Corporate Affairs Manager ; De Beers Voorspoed Mine – Lebogang Mphaka , Director SLP Department of Mineral Resources and Energy Sellwane Mokwene
By Thys Khiba
Kroonstad – DE BEERS Voorspoed Mine handed over a R2.2 million newly renovated and furnished water testing laboratory to help Ngwathe Local Municipality to deal with their water and sanitation service delivery protests.
“The handover of the laboratory is part of the mine’s Social and Labour Plan efforts to support the municipality with their Integrated Development Plan (IDP) projects, and will play a vital role in water quality testing to ensure safer and cleaner water for the community of Parys,” said Voorspoed Mine Corporate Affairs Manager, Lebogang Mphaka.
According to the municipality’s Executive Mayor, Joey Mochela this is the answer and solution to their service delivery problems, as to date, Parys and Tumahole both have ninety-eight Jojo tanks, four pump stations, four reservoirs, one water treatment and a borehole.
“This water-testing laboratory will help us find lasting solutions to water purification and shortage challenges in our areas,” said Mochela.
Meanwhile, Ramokgwera Trading & Projects Pty Ltd, which is a local small medium and micro-enterprise, was selected as the main contractor for the lab renovations.
The project created job opportunities as eight temporary job opportunities were offered to community members, who were able to gain experience and training for future opportunities on other projects.
“Water is essential, even more so during the present pandemic. As De Beers Group, we recognise how essential it is to collaborate with our communities and committing to creating a lasting legacy through sustainable projects like this,” said Mphaka.
Department of Mineral Resources and Energy’s Regional Manager, Kalipa Kewuti applauded Voorspoed Mine for being compliant, as she says it is essential for mining companies to comply in achieving their Social and Labour Plan objectives to benefit the host communities sustainably, from a regulatory perspective.
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