Water for all says Zuma

2015-12-18 20:32

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Cape Town – With over R450 million spent on drought relief, government is ensuring that all residents have access to water, said President Jacob Zuma on Friday.

In his end of year speech, he said the funds had been spent on motorised water tankers, borehole drilling and rehabilitation, and the improvement of dysfunctional infrastructure.

South Africa was a naturally water-strained country and one of the 30 driest countries in the world.

Five provinces have been declared as drought-related disaster areas and some 2.7 million households were affected.

Zuma said interventions were in place to ensure all communities were serviced.

Efficient planning had ensured that regional water supply dams and schemes remained “secure” and had a positive water balance, he said.

The national average dam level was 66% at present.

During his state of the nation address this year, Zuma noted that R7bn was lost annually to leaking taps and water pipes.

He said on Friday that 3000 young, unemployed people were in training across the country as part of the War on Leaks programme.

They would take up jobs as “water agents, plumbers and artisans”.

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