Public Participation Session On Mzimvubu To Tsitsikamma Catchment Management Agency

SEPTEMBER 29, 2014

The Department of Water Affairs and Sanitation will hold a public participation workshop in Port Elizabeth on October 29 to discuss the business case for the establishment of the Mzimvubu to Tsitsikamma Catchment Management Agency (CMA).

The establishment of the CMA is of importance to Nelson Mandela Bay in terms of its future security of water supply.

The department is establishing nine CMAs across the country, Minister Edna Molewa stating that “they will play an important role in managing the country’s scarce water resources by, among others, facilitating stakeholder input into the management of water resources”.

A tender for the drawing up a business plan for the Mzimvubu-Tsitsikamma CMA was issued in 2012.

The R12.45 billion Mzimvubu hydroelectric and irrigation scheme was launched earlier this year and will include the construction of two dams one of which, the Ntabelanga, will store approximately 600 million cubic metres of water and once completed will be the 10th largest dam in the country.

Speaking at the launch of the project, President Jacob Zuma said that the Ntabelanga Dam was “strategically placed for a possible supply to the Nelson Mandela Bay the longer term”.

Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane told the National Assembly recently in reply to a question, that the detailed design for the giant project would be completed by the end of this year with construction scheduled to start in 2015. -MetroMinutes