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Mpumalanga Premier to hand over a government-funded state of the art water bottling plant to a co-operative In Donkerhoek

19 March 2014

Donkerhoek – Mpumalanga Premier, Mr David Mabuza, accompanied by Economic Development, Environment and Tourism MEC, Mrs. Pinky Phosa, will officially launch and hand-over the Donkerhoek Water Bottling Plant in the Mkhondo Local Municipality to a co-operative this week, as an economic intervention, community upliftment and to celebrate Human Rights Day. The initiative is aimed at encouraging community members to form co-operatives which have been identified by government as a crucial vehicle towards job creation and to propel economic growth.

The plant was constructed by the Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism as a contribution to the Provincial Comprehensive Rural Development Programme (CRDP) in order to contribute to job creation and poverty alleviation in the municipality. Machinery and equipment for the plant has been funded by the National Development Agency. The Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA) has committed to provide a six months mentorship programme, which includes both technical and business management, to the members of the Donkerhoek Water Bottling Co-operative. The Mpumalanga Economic Growth Agency (MEGA) has been mandated to operationalise and commercialise the Plant, and ensure its sustainability and profitability.

The event is scheduled to take place as follows:

Date:Thursday, 20 March 2014

Venue: Donkerhoek (Donkerhoek Water Bottling Plant)

Time: 10h00

All media is invited.

For confirmations, please contact:

Mokope Taiwe: 082 802 8460/ 013 766 2288/ mokope@mpg.gov.za or

Comfort Ngobe: 082 412 1997/ 013 766 4486/ sngobe@mpg.gov.za


Issued by the Chief Directorate Communication

Office of the Premier

Mpumalanga Provincial Government

For media enquiries:

Nonkululeko Mbatha: 083 645 6252/ 013 766 2242/ mbathan@mpg.gov.za or

Mohau Ramodibe: 082 771 9950/ 013 766 4271/ mohauram@mpg.gov.za



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