The MGWAP project team will note the public’s concerns, questions, queries and remarks and will publish some of the most salient here.


1.      What is MGWAP? MGWAP stands for Mangaung Gariep Water Augmentation Project – a proposed 180km pipeline that will run from the Gariep Dam to Bloemfontein, to increase the city and surrounding towns’ water supply.
2.      Who is the custodians of MGWAP? The Mangaung Metro Municipality (MMM) will drive the project in partnership with different stakeholders.
3.      Where will the pipeline be constructed? The proposed project runs from the Gariep Dam on the border of the Eastern Cape and Free State province, near Colesberg, to the Mangaung Metro.
4.      When will the project be completed? The project cannot commence upon the MMM Council’s approval of the final bankable feasibility study (BFS). Once this is complete construction will commence, running over an estimated period of four years.
5.      How many mega litres of water will the project supply to Mangaung? The proposed pipeline will supply up to 130 mega litres potable water per day to the Mangaung Metro and its associated towns.
6.      Why is it necessary for this project to go ahead? The Mangaung Metro has witnessed serious water interruptions, shortages and resultant restrictions over the past few years, mainly as a result of bulk water supply problems emanating from the ineffective Welbedacht System in the Caledon River and the smaller Knellpoort/Rustfontein System in the Modder River.


Apart from supply limitations, the Metro is also experiencing increasing demand because of natural growth and migration as people move to the Metro in search of education, training and work opportunities.

7.      What is the status of the project? The first phase of the Bankable Feasibility Study started at the end of 2015. The project is currently in the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Water Use Licence Application (WULA) phase. The completion of the first phase is intended for August 2016, when it will be submitted to the Metro Council for consideration.
8.      What is the public participation process? The public participation process (PPP) includes the participation of all the project stakeholders, including the pubic, the technical specialists, the authorities and the project proponent who all work together to produce better decisions than if they had acted independently. Throughout this process, the project involves and consult the public who registered to become involved. This involvement will be achieved through dissemination of information, and dialogue such as public meetings, presentations and making draft reports available for perusal and comment.
9.      What is an interested and affected party (I&AP)? Interested and affected parties are all those who believe they have a stake  or interest in the project.
10.   How will this project affect me? During the public participation process (PPP) the environmental consultancy will address all the risks or concerns related to the project. These concerns will be thoroughly documented and addressed in the scoping report. The potential significant issues will be further investigated in the environmental impact assessment phase and reported on in the Environmental Impact Report (EIR).
11.   I am worried about certain aspects of this project. Where can I raise my concerns? If you register as an Interested & Affected Party (I&AP) you can provide comment and feedback related to the project. You can register via two methods:

  1. By filling in the online form (available in four languages)
  2. By printing out the PDF forms on the website and emailing or posting it to the environmental consultants
12.   I am concerned about the availability of water in the Gariep Dam. How much water will this project take out of the dam and what if it runs out of water during a dry season, such as the one we have witnessed? MGWAP is planning to abstract approximately 100 Mℓ/day at Gariep Dam, at the previously constructed Bloemfontein intake openings on the right flank of the dam wall. The total yearly abstraction will be approximately 36 500 Mℓ.

The Gariep Dam’s overall capacity is estimated at 5 340 000Mℓ.

The planned abstraction is thus only 0.7 % per year of the dam’s full capacity.

Previous recordings at full supply level indicate an evaporation rate of 6700Mℓ on a hot day. This daily evaporation is 18% of the project’s intended yearly abstraction.

13.   Is there a glossary of terms available? Yes. Please view the glossary of terms to obtain the full explanation of the project’s acronyms.