Lotsane Dam water pipes to take away ploughing fields

Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 03 May 2010

The connection of water pipes network from the Lotsane Dam to various Tswapong villages is going to cut across some ploughing fields belonging to Maunatlala and Mokokwane residents, says the Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, Mr Ponatshego Kedikilwe.

Lotsane River

The network, including auxiliary pump stations, service reservoirs, break pressure tanks and telemetry equipment will be installed to ensure water supply from Lotsane to the 22 Tswapong villages expected to benefit from the dam water.

The dam will be completed by October 2011. Addressing the residents of Mokokwane Village in Tswapong North last Friday, Mr Kedikilwe said the ploughing fields will be taken over to pave way for this development, adding that the affected people will be compensated.

The minister said however that assessment will be carried out so that the affected people are compensated accordingly. He said his ministry is committed to providing adequate clean water supply to the 22 villages in Tswapong North which are currently experiencing shortage of water.

The ongoing Lotsane Dam, with a water holding capacity of 42 million m3 is expected to drive the promotion of economic diversification and uplift the socio-economic status of the local communities through the provision of irrigation water for a horticultural development project covering 250 hectares.

The envisaged horticultural project, he said, is going to require a large chunk of land hence some of the ploughing fields in relation to the villages are going to be affected in the process.

However he mentioned that the construction of the dam should not only alleviate the area in as far as water shortage is concerned but should also benefit residents in economic terms.

He urged residents of Mokokwane to come up with viable business ideas that will draw from the development taking place in Maunatlala.

You should think about the future and how you can benefit from these developments such as the construction of BIUST and Palapye Police Station. He thanked the residents for their patience as the area has been experiencing serious water shortage for quite some time.

The residents were grateful that the minister found time to hold a kgotla meeting in their village small as it is adding that Mokokwane Village is not known to most Batswana.

They raised a concern over the standard fee that will be introduced saying that it was still very high for them hence most of them will still not afford to connect electricity to their homes.

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