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Afrimat funds bulk water-link for Olifantshoek community

Afrimat’s Demaneng Mine has committed funds towards to the construction of a bulk link-line from three boreholes to a 7 ML reservoir, to assist with alleviating the prevailing water issues in Olifantshoek.

This project forms part of Afrimat Demaneng’s local economic development initiatives. Olifantshoek, has limited water resources, with the community being greatly dependent on ground water. The exponential growth in and around Kathu, has further exacerbated the water crisis in the area, with taps running dry for weeks on end.

Employees of Afrimat’s Demaneng Mine, who reside in Olifantshoek, brought this matter to the attention of management. Demaneng Mine’s management team opted to engage with the local municipality and the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) to find sustainable solutions to this issue, in an effort to not only assist the mine’s employees, but the community as a whole.

In an effort to raise more funds, Demaneng Mine, with the assistance of the DMRE, approached neighbouring businesses to collaborate on the project where Afrimat acted as the Project Coordinator.

The scope of work consisted of Phase 1 and Phase 2A:

  • Phase 1 was funded by the Gamagara Local Municipality and entailed the drilling and equipping of six boreholes and construction of pump houses.
  • Phase 2A necessitated the construction of the bulk link line from three boreholes to the 7 ML Reservoir.

Selenane and Metsweding Consulting Engineers were respectively appointed as Contractor and Consulting Engineers for Phase 1.

They also continued with Phase 2 A, with the assistance of Wholetrade projects as a local Sub-Contractor from Olifantshoek and BVI Consulting Engineers, as an Afrimat appointed Project Engineer.

B-Safe Africa SHEQ Projects were appointed as Safety Consultants for both phases. To ensure local labour and SMMEs got the opportunity to work on the project, 17 local people and 5 local SMMEs, including the subcontractor, where hired for the project.

Project timeline

  • Phase 1 commenced on the 1 February 2021 and was completed by the 2 September 2021; and
  • Phase 2A commenced on the 8 July, to be handed over to the Gamagara local municipality on the 19th of October 2021.