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Govt sets up 'war room' for protests

Minister Edna Molewa says govt's efforts to help municipalities will be closely monitored.

FILE: Minister Edna Molewa says the government's efforts to help municipalities will be closely monitored. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Water Affairs Minister Edna Molewa says government has set up a 'war room' of sorts to coordinate and monitor its efforts to deal with service delivery protests across the country.

Molewa told Eyewitness News the state intends pumping just over R2 billion into fixing problems with water supplies, housing and sanitation.

She says the Departments of Water Affairs, Human Settlements and Cooperative Governance are working together on a detailed plan.

Molewa says the government's efforts to help municipalities will be closely monitored.

"We've already established a war room where we're monitoring the implementation of the responses."

A government communications drive is part of the plan.

"We can do better on communication, firstly on a proactive level so this is the reason we've put together this team at GCIS level to work together to inform communities and work together with those communities."

She adds some of the protests are due to a lack of information but denied municipal infrastructure is collapsing.