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South Africa: All Systems Go for Northern Cape Mega Water Project
Source: www.sanews.gov.za
Source Date: Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, ICT for MDGs, Knowledge Management in Government, Internet Governance
Country: South Africa
Created: Dec 14, 2016

“The maximum capacity of the current scheme is 2 500m3/h and the new scheme will be able to supply a peak demand of 5 200m3/h, including future water supply to Botswana. The system will be upgraded by replacing the existing pipeline with a larger diameter pipeline,” the department said.
The original scheme was built 56 years ago and is beyond its lifespan. It no longer has the capacity to supply sufficient water to satisfy the increased demand brought about by mines, municipalities and agricultural production.
On completion, beneficiaries of phase one will include 14 livestock farms, 12 mines, solar parks and the communities of Kathu, Olifantshoek and Hotazel, benefiting a population of 23 499.
The driving force for the increased demand is the expanding iron ore and manganese mining operations.
Some of the mines that will benefit include Khumani, Sishen Iron Ore (Kumba), Mamatwan, Tshipi é Ntle Manganese, United Manganese of the Kalahari, Kudumane Mineral Resources, Kgalagadi Manganese, Hotazel, Wessels, Gloria, Black Rock and other prospecting mines.

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