refurbishment of the Paarl WWTW form part of the first phase of the project which will span three financial years. At the ceremony, André emphasised the need for sustainable water and sanitation infrastructure development to meet the growing demand in the area.

In September 2023 alone, Drakenstein Municipality granted 136 building plan approvals to the value of approximately R121.5 million. Of these approved building plans, 87.5% consist of new residential buildings, as well as additions and alterations to existing buildings.

The scope of work during the BFI project’s first phase includes:

• Demolishing unused infrastructure; • Constructing a new raw sewage lifting station and inlet works; • Establishing a new primary sludge screening and pumpstation; • Adding three primary settling tanks; • Refurbishing existing primary settling tanks; • Erecting a new administrative building; • Upgrading the disinfection area, electrical network, and control and instrumentation; • Enhancing general civil works such as roads, stormwater, and fencing; and • Cleaning maturation ponds.

Unlocking future developments André said the entire project was a direct enabler for future development, which would trigger economic and socio-economic benefits for the Municipality’s most vulnerable communities. The other phase, where construction work has already commenced, includes the construction of the Southern Paarl Bulk Sewer, which ensures sustainability and resilience. Treasury awards these grants to selected municipalities to fund large and strategic interventions.

Projects should have a minimum total cost of R1 billion and should have substantial long-term impacts on economic growth, social equity, and employment creation. (See Treasury’s Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement for more information.) “Today is the day we have been waiting for. Our Minister and Deputy Minister are very excited about the work that will be done by Drakenstein Municipality. When this project is completed, it is going to have so many benefits. The water security will be improved in this Municipality, and the water quality will be excellent,” Ntombizanele Bila-Mupariwa, Provincial Head of the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), said at the groundbreaking event.


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