Mangaung Metro Municipality Launches R40 Million Water Project

Mangaung Metro Municipality Launches R40 Million Water Project

  • The Mangaung Metro Municipality has initiated a multimillion-rand project to fix leaked pipes in the municipality
  • The project is set to cost over R40 million and is aimed at recovering the 46.2% of the water lost through leakages
  • South Africans slammed the municipality, and many accused them of waiting for the pipes to leak before maintaining them

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The Mangaung Metro Municipality launched a multimillion-rand project to fix leaking pipes
The Mangaung Municipality is going to spend millions on repairing water pipes. Image: Firmafotografen
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MANGAUNG, FREE STATE—The Mangaung Metro Municipality is looking to recover the water with a million-dollar project to fix leaked pipes.

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Mangaung to fix leaked pipes

According to SABC News, the municipality's Mayor, Gregory Nthatisi, said it lost over 45% of its water because of leaked pipes. The project aims to ensure that the water is managed and preserved.

He also said the leakages occur in the upper and lower lines where the water is not used, which doesn't stop the flow. The pressure from the water in the pipes results in leaked pipes.

South Africans against the project

Netizens on Facebook opposed the project.

Vho Ramawa said:

"And that project is going to take 50 years, and in the second year, they'll say the money is finished."

Jan Venter said:

"It's called planned maintenance and should be carried out annually. What is happening in municipalities in Sa currently is that management waits until everything falls apart before taking action."

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Azania Nozwelwthu Mzalwana said:

"An inquiry into water project loading."

Tsietsi James Chwi said:

"They are going to eat that money. The corruption in the Free State is unmatched."

Bigbao Da Seleboh said:

"Someone's son will be blessed with new wheels or a new mansion by the end of this project."

Ethekwini Municipality cancels EPWP because of affordability

In a similar article, Briefly News reported that the Ethekwini Municipality cancelled the Expanded Public Works Programme.

It announced that the municipality did not have the R278 million required to run the project, which resulted in hundreds of job losses.

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Tebogo Mokwena (Current Affairs editor) Tebogo Mokwena is a Current Affairs Editor at Briefly News. He has a Diploma in Journalism from ALISON. He joined Daily Sun, where he worked for 4 years covering politics, crime, entertainment, current affairs, policy, governance and art. He was also a sub-editor and journalist for Capricorn Post before joining Vutivi Business News in 2020, where he covered small business news policy and governance, analysis and profiles. He joined Briefly News in 2023. Tebogo passed a set of trainings by Google News Initiative Email: