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PUBLIC NOTICE: Emergency Municipal Loadshedding Relief Grant September 2023 Update

The Western Cape Provincial government has authorized a sum total of R88.185 million rand from the Provincial Unforeseen and Unavoidable Reserve Fund to assist municipalities with the unforeseen and immediate impact of prolonged load-shedding on water and wastewater services.

In terms of this allocated Funding, George Municipality has received the sum of R14 220 000 (VAT included) as a contribution toward the purchase and installation of back-up energy supply. This back-up supply can include generators, renewable power sources, batteries and all ancillary costs associated with the installation thereof for example,  switch gear, safe keeping, caging etc. for water and wastewater infrastructure.

This grant funding will assist the George Municipality in ensuring a healthy environment and to continue with the provision of basic services to our citizens and businesses during the current load-shedding.

The municipality is in process of purchasing emergency diesel generators that will be placed strategically as follows:

Water Treatment Works

Haarlem WTW  (+_ 150kVA diesel generator)
Uniondale WTW (+- 200kVA diesel generator)

Waste Water Treatment Works
Uniondale WWTW (+_ 200 kVA diesel generator)
Kleinkrantz WWTW (+_ 300 kVA diesel generator)
Outeniqua WWTW (+_ 1000 kVA diesel generator)

Progress to Date:
The generator for the Haarlem Water Treatment facility was successfully delivered, installed, tested and commissioned at the end of September 2023.  The generators for Uniondale Water and Wastewater treatment facilities and Kleinkrantz Wastewater Treatment facility were delivered successfully at the end of September 2023.  The installations, testing and commissioning are scheduled for October/November 2023. Due to the size of the Outeniqua Wastewater Treatment facility`s backup generator a separate procurement process had to be followed and is near completion.  In summary, the overall project progress is as follow:

Procurement Phase:  
Appointment of Consultant ( Complete ) – 100%
Appointment of Contractor: Haarlem WTW ( Complete ) – 100%
Uniondale WTW ( Complete ) – 100%
Uniondale WWTW ( Complete ) – 100%
Kleinkrantz WWTW ( Complete ) – 100%Outeniqua WWTW ( In Progress ) – 90%

Construction Phase:  
Haarlem WTW ( ± 150 kVA diesel generator ) – 100%
Uniondale WTW ( ± 200 kVA diesel generator ) – 70%
Uniondale WWTW ( ± 200 kVA diesel generator ) – 70%
Kleinkrantz WWTW ( ± 300 kVA diesel generator ) – 70%
Outeniqua WWTW ( ± 1 000 kVA + 650 kVA diesel generator ) – 0%

The total project expenditure to date (as at end of September 2023) is approximately 37.6% of the current funding allocation.

Link to further information on how George Municipality is trying to mitigate the impact of load-shedding for George.