Billions needed to repair SA's ageing infrastructure

Minister Nomvula Mokonyane says the country requires about R500 billion to repair aging infrastructure.

Minister of Water Affairs and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Water And Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane says the country requires nearly R500 billion to repair ageing infrastructure.

The University of Cape Town has launched an interdisciplinary research institute to address water scarcity.

The Future Water Research Institute aims to join several scientific disciplines in one space, in a bid to help preserve water sources.

Mokonyane has added that creating public awareness around water scarcity remain a key objective.

"South Africa needs almost R500 billion just to deal with its infrastructure backlog and more than 40 percent of it is for maintenance."