Thungela and Sasol this morning handed-over bulk wastewater infrastructure in Leandra in the Govan Mbeki Municipality.
As part of Isibonelo Colliery’s Social and Labour Plan, the mine constructed part of the bulk wastewater infrastructure to address the ailing infrastructure and sewage overflow challenges of this rapidly growing community. Wastewater infrastructure includes a network of sewer pipes that collect and carry household, business, and industrial effluent to wastewater treatment systems.
The project established a pipeline network which connects the community to the N17 pump station and replaced the rising main infrastructure – therefore upgrading the overall sewerage network. This project will benefit over 30 000 community members in Lebohang Leandra by improving sanitation and decreasing the negative impact on the environment.
Edrich Welthagen, general manager of Isibonelo Colliery, said:
“We are proud to be part of this partnership which supports the Municipality’s efforts and its ability to reduce waste being released in the environment and prevent diseases that can be caused by contaminants that are harmful to plants, animals, and humans.”
Victor Bester, senior vice president at Sasol said: “I urge the community to take good care of this upgraded infrastructure as well as all our other infrastructure systems that we have when disposing of solid waste. Also remember not to dispose any waste into the pipelines, drain systems, and in canals. It is important for all of us to ensure the continued protection of all water and sanitation infrastructure,” says Victor Bester.
Councillor Nhlakanipho Zuma, executive mayor of the Govan Mbeki Municipality, thanked the project partners, saying: “As the Govan Mbeki Municipality, we are very happy with the completion of this project which will address poor sanitation and restore the pride of our people. We thank Thungela and Sasol for their contribution in the development of the area and improving the lives of the residents.
This project will address the scourge of sanitation-related challenges to ensure that sewer spillages are eradicated in the area and we therefore urge community members to safeguard this critical infrastructure”
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