Mangaung Mayor reports back on development projects



Mangaung Executive Mayor, Thabo Manyoni, hosted a tour on Tuesday to give a report back on the progress of development projects around the Mangaung district. The tour which started in Hoffman Sqaure, mainly consisted of the presentation and launching of a total of seven water development projects that have been completed or are nearing completion.
The mayor said the city is in rapid expansion and the water infrastructure is to meet the demands of the growth. "We are trying to provide clean water to Mangaung citizens all the areas that the pipes will be going to including the N8 development area. This exercise was to inform the citizens about what the municipality is doing. The bulk of the infrastructure programmes will assist in the city’s development," said Manyoni.
Water development plants and infrastructure that were launched by the mayor include, the Longridge reservoir with its bulk supply line which cost the municipality R42 million and is now fully constructed. The project will supply water from the reservoir to the areas of Hillside View, Turflaagte and improve the services in the southern areas of Mangaung such as Rocklands.
The municipality has also invested in upgrading existing infrastructure such as the Maselspoort low and high lift pump station. The project which will see the full refurbishment of the old Maselspoort pump station will ensure a sustainable water supply from Maselspoort water treatment works. It is expected to be completed next year February and will benefit all the northern suburbs of Bloemfontein.
"The Naval Hill reservoir is going to supply part of the high-lying areas of our city. Last year we had a huge water crisis because of the Maselspoort old pipes and the mayor said he wanted to change four of the pumps on the Treatment Works and now the pipes have arrived and the refurbishment is happening. The newest pipe there was from 1980, the intention is to automate the pumps station so it works on modern technology," said Mangaung city manager, Sibongile Mazibuko.
The remaining projects were the addition of 10Ml to existing Sterkwater wastewater treatment works (WWTW), the new North-Eastern WWTW for the Mangaung Metro Municipality, the North Eastern bulk water supply, the rehabilitation of Raymond Mhlaba road as well as the rehabilitation of Wilcocks road.