Piet Retief –The MEC for Economic Development, Environment and Tourism, Mr. Sikhumbuzo Eric Kholwane has hailed the public private partnership as an important instrument to accelerate the provision of basic services and improve the quality of lives of all communities.
MEC Kholwane was speaking during the handover of Bulk Water Reticulation at Agri – Village in Jabulani in Mkhondo Local Municipality on Tuesday [24 October 2017].
He said: “Public Private Partnerships provide an excellent opportunity for government, business and communities to consolidate and redirect our energies to confront the pressing societal challenges”.
This massive water infrastructure which include 153.5 kl reservoir tank and borehole pumps was made possible by the South African Brewery which saw an opportunity to contribute to integrated rural development in the Province.
MEC thanked the South African Breweries for agreeing to partner with government on the quest to improve the lives of people living in rural areas.
“When government, business and community work together nothing can stop us from achieving our vision of a better life for all.
“The handover of this water reticulation system is therefore a massive victory for the community that was previously isolated in their land, and with minimal access to basic services”, said MEC Kholwane.
Nestled between Piet Retief and Ermelo, this model agricultural village allows the people to ‘pursue the rural lifestyle that they have chosen’ albeit with access to modern socio-economic infrastructure and facilities.
Meanwhile, MEC Kholwane urged the community of Jabulani to be vigilant and safeguard their infrastructure to ensure continuous water supply to the village.
The water supply project is one of the key deliverables agreed to as part of the memorandum of understanding between the Mpumalanga Provincial Government and the South African Brewery signed in 2013.