Seshego wastewater treatment plant completion date extended

Polokwane Mayor John Mpe addresses Seshego residents about a steep shortage of water.


30-01-2024
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The area shares the water with considerably large nearby villages, which causes a shortage on most days of the week.



POLOKWANE – Construction on the Seshego wastewater treatment works is facing further delays due to delays in the delivery of outstanding construction materials, city spokesperson Thipa Selala this week confirmed.



The municipality had committed to completing the plant’s test phase by the end of last month, with 10 megalitres of water expected to be supplied across the municipal area. This has not materialised yet, with March now set as the new expected completion date. Selala, however, could not give further details of what was still left to be done on the project that was reported as having been 98% complete in November 2023.



Seshego residents expressed dismay at the several delays, after a promise last year that construction of the works would conclude by May last year.



Currently, the township receives two megalitres per day from a local dam and eight megalitres per day from various boreholes including one in the Bloodriver area, according to information provided to BONUS by the municipality.



The area shares the water with considerably large nearby villages, which causes a shortage on most days of the week. Some residents said they were frustrated as protests and memoranda of demands submitted to the municipality in request for consistent running water, have been in vain.



The municipality called for several meetings in the past explaining its short, medium and long term plans in terms of water provision, citing rapid population growth in the area as one reason for the shortages.



Residents not being forthcoming on how many people are housed on a single stand skewed the numbers, and was another reason for the shortages, Mayor John Mpe mentioned during several community engagements.

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