The North West Provincial Government has launched an upgrade project for the Mmabatho Water Treatment Plant. This is to meet both present and future water demands. This upgrading project is part of Setsokotsane (whirlwind) Programme, and also part of the government’s larger commitment to providing clean water for residents in Mahikeng.
By November 2016, it is expected that the water plant will increase its daily output from 20 million to 30 million litres. This will result in the creation of 48 temporary jobs for the local community: 13 for skilled workers and 35 for unskilled workers. This upgrade is expected in phases. Other proposed projects include: a 25 mega-litre reinforced reservoir at the existing Lokaleng Pump station site, 11km of gravity pipelines to be laid from the Lokaleng reservoir to serve parts of Mahikeng area. These two projects are set to begin in 2016.
The community has however been urged to guard against vandalism and stealing of water infrastructure. The Mmabatho Water Treatment Plant project is a partnership involving the Provincial Government of Mahikeng, Mahikeng Local Municipality and the National Department of Water and Sanitation.