R2 billion set aside for basic services

Government has set aside R2 billion for water, housing and sanitation in all nine provinces.

Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa. Picture: ANC.

CAPE TOWN - Government will spend R2 billion on water, housing and sanitation to help quell service delivery protests, Water Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said on Tuesday.

The minister says three government departments are working together on a detailed plan to deal with issues.

South Africa has experienced various deadly protests in recent weeks.

Molewa says government identified 200 communities in nine provinces as hot spots when it comes to service delivery failures.

She says her department, the Human Settlements Department, and the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs are combining resources to address problems.

Molewa says a dedicated team of government communicators are working on the ground.

They will inform residents about plans and identify possible problem areas.