The Limpopo Provincial Government acknowledged the importance of coal resources as the key driver in developing the mining, industrial and power supply potential of the area. Subsequently, the provincial government identified the town of Lephalale as a priority area to facilitate and encourage economic growth of the region and the entire Limpopo Province.
The number of existing and planned developments in Lephalale to support the development potential had never before been realised in South Africa on such a scale and in such a short timeframe. In addition, service backlogs still existed in certain previously disadvantaged areas which faced high poverty levels and unemployment.
Aurecon, in partnership with BE Consult and Nabila Mining Resources, was appointed to prepare a comprehensive bulk infrastructure investment plan, an institutional development plan, and a funding application for the development requirements by the Lephalale Local Municipality. Aurecon and its partners developed the Lephalale Investment Document in which key bulk infrastructure projects, linked to the development of integrated, sustainable human settlements, were identified and prioritised.These key projects include the development of water, sanitation, roads and electricity infrastructure. Aurecon is providing project management support services for the implementation of three of these key projects – the design and construction of bulk water pipelines, the main sewer outfall line and two phased electricity supply infrastructure.
Once completed, the sustainable human settlements developed in Lephalale will be a real reflection of Aurecon and its partners’ commitment to the principles of sustainable development – meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs and recognising the need to balance economic growth with social development and the protection of the environment.
The project won the provincial Best Priority Project of the Year category at the Govan Mbeki Human Settlements awards, hosted by the Limpopo Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs for the project in September 2012.