Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane did on Friday, 21 October, turn the sod for the construction of the R18bn Vaal Gamagara Water Project in the Northern Cape.
Phase one of the project, which is an 82km pipeline, will stretch from Roscoe in Kathu to Black Rock.
“The maximum capacity of the current scheme is 2,500m3/h, and the new scheme will be able to supply a peak demand of 5200m3/h, including future water supply to Botswana. The system will be upgraded by replacing the existing pipeline with a larger diameter pipeline,” the department said.
The original scheme was built 56 years ago and is beyond its lifespan. It no longer has the capacity to supply sufficient water to satisfy the increased demand brought about by mines, municipalities and agricultural production.