Zuma bemoans water challenges

2012-02-09 21:45

Cape Town - The provision of fresh water has been delayed in some parts of South Africa, President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday.

However, nine out of 25 dams had now been rehabilitated, and five new water augmentation schemes were on track, he told a joint sitting of Parliament in his State of the Nation address.

"Clearly, water access is still a challenge in some areas... Water expansion has been delayed in some parts of the country due to a lack of infrastructure."

Zuma announced that an amount of R248m would be spent on dealing with acid mine drainage in the Witwatersrand region.

He paid tribute to the organisers of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change conference, also known as COP17, held in Durban two month's ago.

"Let me take this opportunity to congratulate the inter-ministerial committee on COP 17 for making the conference a huge success," Zuma said.

"The final outcome of COP 17 was historic and precedent setting, ranking with the 1997 conference where the Kyoto Protocol was adopted."

Zuma said building on this success, South Africa would participate in the Rio Plus-20 Summit in Brazil, which marks the 10th anniversary of the World Summit on Sustainable Development.

  • kznshark - 2012-02-09 22:03

    ...and may the affected inhabitants receive the necessary infrastructure in due course...

  • Adam - 2012-02-09 22:06

    "COP17 a huge success"....not from where I am sitting. But then again, ones perception of success may differ hugely.

  • mastersvoice - 2012-02-09 22:21

    Zuma sets such low standards when it comes to measuring success! He reckons creating an ever-growing number of unemployable matriculants is an indication of a successful education strategy, and COP 17 is a "huge success"! I suppose it all started with that fateful, successful shower...

  • Tshepo Ship Sekepe - 2012-02-09 22:37

    I only commend you for mocking Bafana Bafana in public...useless bunch of cheese-boys!

  • Glyn - 2012-02-09 22:38

    And that was the State of the Nation!?! One hell of a state! Time to get rid of the anc!! Boot them out! I could do a better job as President. Don't say that I will be a good President, but it will do a better job than the anc is doing.

  • Kagiso - 2012-02-09 22:53

    water problem is almost everywhere in the villages of this country.lets hope your comrades Mr president, will not pocket the funds intended for this projects or be lazy to implement them.

  • Andrew - 2012-02-10 06:29

    Just like the promise of electrification, shortage of grey matter to plan ahead and only action when all falls down and who pays extra to fix? The poor taxpayer.

  • Gail - 2012-02-10 11:59

    No politician has the courage to address the huge pink elephant in the room and this is on a global scale. In SA ZSuma would be the least likely to do so since he sets the worst example. I am talking overpopulation and that I believe is why hospitals are being allowed to fall into disrepair, as well as roads and nothing is being done to tackle the taxi industry who singlehandedly kill and maim thousands every month.

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