Waterworks undermine water drive - DA

2012-03-27 16:24
Cape Town - The government's drive to ensure all South Africans have access to a reliable water supply by 2014 could be undermined by failing old municipal treatment plants, the DA warned on Tuesday.

The problem lay with "weak" municipalities, which often did not fully use available funds, Democratic Alliance water affairs spokesperson Marti Wenger said.

Commending Water Affairs Minister Edna Molewa for her focus on ageing water infrastructure, Wenger noted that her department was not responsible for maintaining it in municipalities where the problem was most acute.

"This is the responsibility of the relevant water service authority, which is usually the local municipality or district municipality.

Integrity of water supply

"Weak municipalities, which often do not fully use available funds, need special attention from both the department of co-operative governance and traditional affairs and the department of water in order to ensure the integrity of water supply," she said.

The number of South Africans without access to an "acceptable level" of water infrastructure had dropped to 2.84 million.

Wenger welcomed Molewa's announcement earlier this month that she planned to enlist private companies to build, maintain and operate infrastructure, particularly waste water treatment works.

"The DA welcomes government's commitment to seek new solutions. We trust the minister will announce more details of her plans when she delivers her budget speech in Parliament in May."

On achieving 100% access to reliable water by 2014, Wenger said this would probably not be achievable in KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, and the Eastern Cape, where the backlogs were 1.3 million, 540 000, and 420 000 people respectively.

Read more on:    da  |  edna molewa  |  water  |  service delivery

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
8 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.