Minister: Don’t rely on rain, put emphasis on saving water

Nomvula Mokonyane has urged South Africans to not rely on rain but rather put more emphasis on saving water.

Water & Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane.  Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has urged South Africans to not rely on rain but rather put more emphasis on saving water.

Mokonyane says the improvement in dam levels in the Vaal River system, which mainly services Gauteng, had little to do with recent rains but rather other sources that feed into the system.

On Tuesday she met with Cooperative Governance MECs from the country's nine provinces.

Mokonyane has reminded South Africans that the country is one of the top most water scarce places in the world and this was even before the drought.

“We need to remind ourselves, fellow South Africans, we are a dry country, naturally so because we are amongst the top 30 countries of the world that are actually dry.”

She has warned the country is far from the level of relief it needs.

“We received an update on the drought and we wish to state emphatically that we are still faced with a dire situation as a country and remain drought stricken, as a scarce country we are not yet, or we are not in the foreseeable future going to be out of the woods.”

The minister says water saving and maintenance now needs to form part of everyday living because the rain alone is not doing enough.

(Edited by Neo Koza)