Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu at the weekend expressed his dissatisfaction with the delays being experienced at the Clanwilliam dam project, in the Western Cape.
The raising of the Clanwilliam dam wall is the second-biggest infrastructure project being undertaken in the Western Cape and is part of the Olifants River Water Resources Project, valued at about R4-billion. The project entails raising the dam wall by 13 m.
During site visits to the project site, Mchunu said the raising of the dam wall should have been completed.
He also held discussions with local business leaders and farmers in the region, who called on the Minister to intervene and resolve the challenges that were hampering completion of the project.
Mchunu said the Department of Water and Sanitation would work hard to ensure the project was fast-tracked.
“As the DWS, we would like to assure stakeholders that we are committed to resolving challenges related to the project's implementation," he said, adding that the project team would consider ways to shorten the project timelines without compromising the integrity of the infrastructure.