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Deputy Minister Mabudafhasi and Executive Mayor Ramokgopa to launch the Eco Furniture Factory and War on Leaks Projects in Tshwane

05 March 2014

 

Ms Rejoice Mabudafhasi, MP, the Deputy Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs in partnership with the Executive Mayor of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality, Cllr Kgosientso Sputla Ramokgopa will launch the Eco Furniture Factory and War on Leaks projects in Garankuwa and Mamelodi, respectively on Friday, 07 March 2014.

Eco Furniture Factory

The Eco-Furniture Project of the Department of Environmental Affairs, implemented through the South African National Parks, is a partner in the Department of Basic Education’s systematic approach to address the needs of schools, inter alia the requirement for quality school desks for Learners. These desks are made in South Africa from wood of invasive alien trees cleared by previously unemployed workers.

The expansion of this project to areas such as Garankuwa will ensure 200 skills development and work opportunities through the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) model for the previously unemployed community members in Tshwane.

War on Leaks project

South Africa is losing 37% of water through leaks which translates to R7 billion per year. The Department of Water Affairs initiated the War on Leaks project which is currently being implemented at different municipalities across the country. This project is aimed at eradicating water leaks in households, schools, clinics and other public buildings, training of unemployed youth with basic plumbing skills and job creation.

The launch of War on Leaks in Tshwane will also ensure 200 skills development and work opportunities through the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) model for the unemployed locals.

The main partners and stakeholders for both the launches include the Departments of Water and Environmental Affairs, City of Tshwane, Rand Water and Fiber Pipe.

Media are invited to attend as follows:

Eco Furniture Factory launch

Venue: Ga-Rankuwa Industrial Park

Date: 07 March 2014

Time: 09:00

War on Leaks project launch: The Deputy Minister and the Executive Mayor to fix water leaks at identified indigent household and the clinic prior to the launch.

Venue: Ikageng Community Cemtre, Mamelodi East

Date: 07 March 2014

Time: 11:00

For RSVP’s

Tshego Letshwiti
Cell: 076 307 9634 /
E-mail: tletshwiti@environment.gov.za

For media enquiries:

Peter Mbelengwa (Spokesperson for the Deputy Minister)
Cell: 082 611 8197 /
E-mail: mbelengwap@dwa.gov.za

Lebogang Matji (Media Relations Specialist)
Cell: 083 610 9066 / 
E-mail: lebogangma@tshwane.gov.za