Minister of Water and Sanitation provides update on water services
The Minister of Water and Sanitation, Senzo Mchunu briefed the media and stake holders on Tuesday, 23 August regarding the state of the provision of water in South Africa.
Mchunu was addressing the issue at Coega Vulindlela Village in Gqeberha to ensure the country is able to have sufficient water and that the provinces that are experiencing problems with water availability know what the minister plans to do help with the water crisis.
South Africa has been going through a water crisis as the country`s ageing infrastructure is not being maintained and this has lead to low water levels of supply in provinces like the Western Cape and Eastern Cape as municipalities have urged the public to use water sparingly.
To prevent the country from heading into day zero, Mchunu said the national water partnerships programme will be partnering with the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) and introduce the reconfiguration of water pots.
“The Water Partnership Office is in the process of being adequately capacitated with the necessary skills to ensure that both public and private sector are served well. This means that Government will benefit from this additional capacity to manage partnerships,” the minister said.
By Lulama Klassen