Nandoni water project in motion again

Nandoni water project in motion again

The long awaited project of drawing water from Nandoni dam in Vhembe district to Nsami dam in Giyani is said to resume after an abrupt halt resulting from the termination of contract with Khato Civils in 2019.

Later in 2020 the ex-Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti, who was a Chairperson of a newly established Ministerial Advisory Committee on Water Services, instituted an investigation into the project’s failure to complete despite the government having spent about R3.5billion on it.

Giyani residents were then promised an alternative way to keep the taps running while the government looked for ways to resume the project. When complete, the project is expected to save Giyani town from turning into desert area as rivers and dams dry out from lack of rain,” She said

Delivering a presentation to Parliament’s Portfolio Committee recently, the Acting Director-General for the Department of Water and Sanitation, Deborah Mochotlhi and her team gave a breakdown progress of Nandoni water project in Greater Giyani Municipality.

She said Lepelle Northern Water board, as an implementing agent, “has appointed a new Professional Services Provider to provide engineering design and supervision” in order for the project to run smooth.

The project is comprised of two major components which include drawing of water from Nandoni dam to Nsami dam, which amongst others encompasses laying of bulk pipeline from Nandoni to Giyani, and the construction of pump stations to supply the pipelines.

Another issue to be addressed by the project is the upgrade of boreholes and other existing general water infrastructure in order to pave way for uninterrupted supply of water to the residents.