Gauteng tops SA water with Blue Drop certification

2012-05-07 19:03

Cape Town - Municipalities in Gauteng have given that province the top score for its drinking water in South Africa after a national analysis conducted by the department of water affairs.

Gauteng scored 98.1% for its Blue Drop certification, followed by the Western Cape with 94.2% and KwaZulu-Natal at 92.1%.

The Blue Drop and Green Drop programmes aim to recognise excellence in the management of drinking and waste water respectively.

Ekurhuleni jumped from fourth position in 2011 to take the top score this year, pushing the City of Johannesburg to second. Mogale City Local Municipality in Gauteng rounded out the top three with 98.7%.

"South Africa's tap water still remains among the best in the world; we dare say among the few countries where you can still drink water direct from the tap," Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa told News24.

Management issues

Molewa insisted that water in SA was still safe to drink, despite some lower scores on the Blue Drop programme.

"The towns or cities whose water is not given a Blue Drop certificate does not necessarily mean that water is unsafe to drink, for human consumption in particular."

She acknowledged though, that where municipalities scored low, the department has pledged to work with them, particularly on management issues around water safety.

"There are a number of towns where the water compares well with set standards, but there are certain shortcomings identified with the overall risk-management aspects."

The department analysed the 931 water systems for the 2012 programme, up from 402 in 2009 and 98 Blue Drop certificates were awarded, up from 66 in 2011.

Molewa acknowledged the improvement in Victor Khanye Local Municipality and Thembisile Local Municipality in Mpumalanga. These scored a low 18.26% and 27.77% in 2011 respectively and improved their scores to 80.07% and 78.3%.

The lowest performing municipalities are in the Eastern Cape province even though the poorest performing province is Mpumalanga at 60.9% overall.

Ikwezi and Koukamma municipalities in the Eastern Cape scored the lowest at 7.91% and 5.6%

"I wish to encourage those that have not yet reached this exceptionally high standard to continue to strive for improvement," Molewa said.

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  • Fussed - 2012-05-07 19:09

    I dont believe or trust them that they are telling the truth. There record so far is just lies

      Sean - 2012-05-07 19:21

      Obviously , this report is the biggest load of bull sh@t !! I will eat my words if this report is true !!

      Kolobe - 2012-05-07 20:18

      our beloved white pessimists...we drink some of the cleanest water in the world

      Sean - 2012-05-08 02:22

      @Kolobe- Yes you right , the ANC has done wonders since 1994 , they wiped out corruption , eduaction is top class , service delivery is top class , hospitals are top class and the counrty is going from strenght to strenght !! Did I leave anything out ?? Big difference between being pessimistic and realistic !!

  • Piet - 2012-05-07 19:10

    This after the diepsloot debacle, nice timing for ihis report.

  • George - 2012-05-07 19:17

    After SCAMRA,L I'm inclines to think that the Blue Drop solution is dope to con the voters into voting for the cANCer party! Trust takes a long time to rebuild.

  • Donovan - 2012-05-07 19:38

    I'm not sure I can believe this. Considering all the informal settlements in Gauteng and the issues they've had regarding water security, this is hard to believe. However, I must say that Rand Water is a fairly organised agency that does tend to deliver on it's mandates and they do operate in most areas of Gauteng.

      bulumko.lusu - 2012-05-16 22:27

      Huh? Are you suggesting that Gauteng is the only place in SA with large informal settlements? Umlazi(kzn) and Mdanstane(ec) are just a few of the "mega-townships" outside GP. #JustSaying

  • Oscar - 2012-05-07 19:45

    South Africa's tap water is among the best in the world, because most of the world's tap water is not fit for human consumption. According to the Blue drop web site the water in some of the neighbourhoods in Pretoria East is undrinkable. So Edna is talking the same shyte that is in the drinking water.

  • clourens - 2012-05-07 19:46

    I find this hard to believe, and If this is the cleanest in SA I would hate to know what the rest of south Africa is like...

      David - 2012-05-07 19:56

      I totally agree with you. Hog Wash in my Eyes.

  • dericslab - 2012-05-07 19:57

    HA HA HA! Complete BS! Come try Witbank's water and we can talk again...

  • Hannah - 2012-05-07 20:00

    Im not sure about this maybe only the batch they tested was okay but how long will it stay that way, the government is so mismanaged that its hard to believe anything they say they lie about everything

  • Adil Smit - 2012-05-07 20:02


  • PumaFred - 2012-05-07 20:08

    NO doubt Mpumalanga's poor showing was mainly due to the pathetic Witbank Municipality that couldn't arrange a pissup in a brewery.

  • Jerry - 2012-05-07 20:35

    I had a friend who visited from the so called first world countries. What a shock he got when I drank a glass from the tap. How many countries in the world can actually have safe tap water?

  • Bruce - 2012-05-07 20:40

    That is only because those municipalities in Gauteng get their water from Rand water, a quality supplier inherited from the previous government that the ANC thankfully has not buggered up yet.

  • Michael Green - 2012-05-07 20:44

    People will believe anything they read, outright propaganda and BS! oh well, what's new with the "comrades" trying to win votes!

  • Dawood - 2012-05-07 21:19


  • janie.devilliers - 2012-05-07 22:25

    I challenge them to come and drink Witbank's water! Not only is it not safe to drink but the municipality is pumping raw sewage into Witbank dam where Witbank and surrounding areas are getting there drink water from!!! We have proof of this and opened a criminal case against the mayer of Emalahleni, the municipal manager and the director of water affairs! Instead of fixing the sewage plants they put concrete palisades around the Naauwpoort plant, so we can't get in to test the water again, we also have posted 2 videos on YouTube where we recorded \them\(The municipality) pumping raw sewage into Witbank dam. Please go and look for yourself on youtube, search for \raw sewage Emalahleni.

  • Saamprater - 2012-05-08 06:09

    I recently visited Bloemfontein and Witbank/Middleburg. The water was so full of chlorine that I could smell it from a mile away. I bet both these municipal managers/Mayors drink only Valpre and (which they of coarse don't pay for) let the populace drink that water that kills them slowly but for sure. The water might be clean, but it is a known fact that chlorine hardens the arteries and enough of that and it will kill you eventually.

  • diego.singer - 2012-05-08 20:27

    To many people worry about the acid in the water but similar but worst things happen at Granite Factories spilling the toxic slurry into the storm drains most of the time. So ask youself: Is Granite Toxic? Yes, very much so! There are three main dangers, dust ingestion, dust inhalation, and heavy metal leaching caused by acidic food or drink. Granite contains Polonium, Lead, Plutonium, Uranium, and Thallium. Other heavy metals like Arsenic, Mercury, Tungsten, Cadmium and Vanadium are also present. Heavy metal leaching is by far the worst danger. Granite contains three main sources of both heavy metals and radiation, Potassium 40, Thorium, and Uranium. Keep in mind that all three of these elements are unstable, they do decay constantly into other elements. Thorium is more of a danger to elaborators than homeowners, if aerosolized or present in dust form, it can lead to increased risk of cancers of the lungs, pancreas, and blood. If ingested, there is an increased risk of liver diseases. Here is a link to a chain of 20 radioactive particles emitted per atom of Thorium present. The long half lives don't matter, some are decaying at all times. Note that many of the steps in the decay chain are toxic heavy metals, Polonium, Plutonium (yes, that Plutonium), Uranium, Thallium, and Lead. The rest of the steps are just radioactive! Granite has more poisonous substances in it than any other countertop material, by far; And find the way that the Granite factories stop dumping ..

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