To address the water and sewage challenges at eMahlahleni Local Municipality, diversified miner Exxaro Coal Central (ECC) handed over the Thubelihle Ext.5 Sewerage Infrastructure Project to the municipality in July.
The infrastructure project, which cost R6-million to complete, was designed to address the water and sanitation issues in the eMahlahleni district and improve the quality of life in this host community by increasing access to basic services.
ECC acting business unit manager Gunn Ndebele explained that the project entailed the installation of 3.2 km of sewer pipes, 47 manholes and the preparation of 280 house connections.
“Proper sewage waste disposal for this community will go a long way to ensuring that the people here stay healthy for generations to come,” Ndebele said.
“We fundamentally believe in collaborating and engaging to better understand the needs of all our host communities and, of course, helping where we can.”
The sewerage project created 40 jobs for locals while ten businesses benefitted, resulting in more than R4-million being circulated back to the economy of the region. In addition, no Covid-19 infections, nor any injuries or fatalities were recorded.
The project is in line with ECC’s contribution to the achievement of Basic Human Rights as well as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030. It also forms part of the mine’s commitment to local economic development in its 2017 to 2021 Social and Labour Plan.
“Socioeconomic development has always been part of Exxaro’s DNA. Our relationships with the communities extend over and beyond the life of mines. We will continue our commitment to unlocking access to economic opportunities that help build resilient and self-sufficient communities,” Ndebele said.
The company recognises the strength in building relationships, embracing differences, and treating each other with respect. By promoting these values, Exxaro continues its journey to bring about positive change and empower better lives in Africa and beyond.