Molewa worried about water provision

Water Affairs Minister Edna Molewa raises concerns about water provision at a Freedom Day rally.

Some South Africans don't have access to running water.

Water Affairs Minister Edna Molewa on Friday said she still has sleepless nights about the number of South Africans who do not have access to clean running water.

Statistics show that 92 percent of the population has access to clean water since 1994.

Molewa travelled to the informal settlement of Riemvasmaak in Oudtshoorn on Friday.

She addressed a Freedom Day rally.

The minister said they have made great strides in the provision of water to South Africans since the dawn of democracy, but those in deep rural areas are not as lucky.

For Molewa, the work is far from over.

She said infrastructure problems mean people have to walk long distances to access this basic resource.

"It really requires mammoth amounts of money."

According to estimates, South Africa will need to invest more than half a trillion rand to keep taps running.