Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities and Agriculture Alan Winde and officials celebrated the opening of the Mount Pleasant Reservoir on Tuesday, 6 September. Also present at the event were

Also present at the event were councillors, representatives of Local Government and key role players, i.e.  GIBB Consultants who were appointed for the design and the implementation thereof and Louis Eksteen of the Provincial Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MIG) office.Built along Rotary Way on the way to Preekstoel Water Treatment Works, this R5,9 million project was completed in 32 weeks and funded through the Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MIG), provided by the Department of Co-operative Governance & Traditional Affairs.

Built along Rotary Way on the way to Preekstoel Water Treatment Works, this R5,9 million project was completed in 32 weeks and funded through the Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MIG), provided by the Department of Co-operative Governance & Traditional Affairs.The existing reservoir’s capacity was not sufficient to accommodate the proposed development.

The existing reservoir’s capacity was not sufficient to accommodate the proposed development.Work on the reservoir project included the construction of the one millionWork on the reservoir project included the construction of the one million

Work on the reservoir project included the construction of the one million litre (1 Mℓ) reservoir and associated pipe works. No environmental authorisation was required.“Overstrand Municipality developed a housing strategy plan or ‘housing pipeline’ to inform the roll out of the housing projects, the provision of the associated bulk services infrastructure and ensure successful execution of the projects,” said Senior Manager: Engineering Services, Dennis Hendriks.“Overstrand Municipality developed a housing strategy plan or ‘housing pipeline’ to inform the roll out of the housing projects, the provision of the associated bulk services infrastructure and ensure successful execution of the projects,” said Senior Manager: Engineering Services, Dennis Hendriks.“One of the projects that are currently underway in the Hermanus Area, is the Mount Pleasant (completed) and Zwelihle Integrated Residential Development Program (IRDP) as well as the Upgrading of Informal Settlement Program (UISP) which consist of 1 428 sites.

“Overstrand Municipality developed a housing strategy plan or ‘housing pipeline’ to inform the roll out of the housing projects, the provision of the associated bulk services infrastructure and ensure successful execution of the projects,” said Senior Manager: Engineering Services, Dennis Hendriks.“One of the projects that are currently underway in the Hermanus Area, is the Mount Pleasant (completed) and Zwelihle Integrated Residential Development Program (IRDP) as well as the Upgrading of Informal Settlement Program (UISP) which consist of 1 428 sites.“One of the projects that are currently underway in the Hermanus

“One of the projects that are currently underway in the Hermanus Area, is the Mount Pleasant (completed) and Zwelihle Integrated Residential Development Program (IRDP) as well as the Upgrading of Informal Settlement Program (UISP) which consist of 1 428 sites.“The design capacity required for the proposed reservoir was 0.7 Mℓ based on the storage volume of 48 hours. Although only 0.7 Mℓ was required, we decided to rather build a 1Mℓ reservoir to cater and make provision for population growth,” explained Hendriks.“The design capacity required for the proposed reservoir was 0.7 Mℓ based on the storage volume of 48 hours. Although only 0.7 Mℓ was required, we decided to rather build a 1Mℓ reservoir to cater and make provision for population growth,” explained Hendriks. “Fire is a serious hazard and the additional spare capacity will be beneficial to the Zwelihle community to deal with fires during summer months,” he added.

“The design capacity required for the proposed reservoir was 0.7 Mℓ based on the storage volume of 48 hours. Although only 0.7 Mℓ was required, we decided to rather build a 1Mℓ reservoir to cater and make provision for population growth,” explained Hendriks. “Fire is a serious hazard and the additional spare capacity will be beneficial to the Zwelihle community to deal with fires during summer months,” he added.“Fire is a serious hazard and the additional spare capacity will be beneficial to the Zwelihle community to deal with fires during summer months,” he added.

“Fire is a serious hazard and the additional spare capacity will be beneficial to the Zwelihle community to deal with fires during summer months,” he added.Hendriks continued by saying that water infrastructure projects (such as the construction of additional reservoirs) are an important factor for job creation and future development of the Overstrand. “39 Temporary job opportunities have been created during the construction period. In addition to that, the Municipality, through our tender process, embarked on a program to focus on local emerging sub-contractors to use in similar projects. Although only one (1) sub-contractor from the local community was employed during the period, it is a step in the right direction.”

Hendriks continued by saying that water infrastructure projects (such as the construction of additional reservoirs) are an important factor for job creation and future development of the Overstrand. “39 Temporary job opportunities have been created during the construction period. In addition to that, the Municipality, through our tender process, embarked on a program to focus on local emerging sub-contractors to use in similar projects. Although only one (1) sub-contractor from the local community was employed during the period, it is a step in the right direction.”Attending on behalf of the Minister for Local Government, Anton Bredell, Minister Winde complimented Overstrand Municipality by saying: “You are not just providing water for immediate need, but by forward planning you are ensuring that the Overstrand’s water supply meets the needs of its growing population and that the residents continue to have confidence in the safety of their drinking water.

Attending on behalf of the Minister for Local Government, Anton Bredell, Minister Winde complimented Overstrand Municipality by saying: “You are not just providing water for immediate need, but by forward planning you are ensuring that the Overstrand’s water supply meets the needs of its growing population and that the residents continue to have confidence in the safety of their drinking water.“National and Provincial investments in initiatives like the Mt Pleasant Reservoir project clearly demonstrate our continued commitment to creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity for the country.

“National and Provincial investments in initiatives like the Mt Pleasant Reservoir project clearly demonstrate our continued commitment to creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity for the country.“The drought in the Western Cape has reached epic proportions and it is going to hit the economy hard.

“The drought in the Western Cape has reached epic proportions and it is going to hit the economy hard.“It is, therefore, my wish that we start to rethink the process of how – and for what purpose - we use our water.  

“It is, therefore, my wish that we start to rethink the process of how – and for what purpose - we use our water.  
“Do you know how many litres of water you are using per day? If you are in the hospitality industry – do you know the cost of water per bed for one visitor? Or how much water is needed to run a hospital?” he askedThe Minister also paid tribute to the previous leadership of the Municipality for their forward planning and made a point of thanking them.

The Minister also paid tribute to the previous leadership of the Municipality for their forward planning and made a point of thanking them.He concluded by asking the current co

He concluded by asking the current councillors what forward thinking plans they are going to put in place?  “What will YOUR legacy be?” he asked.Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MIG):

Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MIG):A Municipal Infrastructure Grant is a conditional grant (from National and Provincial Government) that supports municipalities with their capital budget and their Integrated Development Plans (IDP) to fund infrastructure, primarily benefiting poor households.

A Municipal Infrastructure Grant is a conditional grant (from National and Provincial Government) that supports municipalities with their capital budget and their Integrated Development Plans (IDP) to fund infrastructure, primarily benefiting poor households.

Projects might include building and upgrading of roads, storm water drainage, pipelines, waste water works, bulk water provision, reservoirs, fencing, lights, sports facilities and infrastructure for cemeteries.

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