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AG concerned by water management in Western Cape

The auditor general says that the lack of policies and plans could impact on the reliability and sustainability of water services.

FILE: Auditor General Kimi Makwetu. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu has expressed concern about the fate of water services in some Western Cape municipalities due to poor management.

The local government audit outcomes released on Wednesday revealed irregular expenditure by Western Cape municipalities decreased by R134 million in 2015/16 financial year.

Amid a severe drought, dilapidating infrastructure has been blamed for further water losses in some parts of the country.

Makwetu is concerned that at least six in the province did not have approved policies for the maintenance of water infrastructure.

In addition, seven others did not have specific time frames and targets.

Makwetu remarked that the lack of policies and plans could impact on the reliability and sustainability of water services.

Furthermore, Makwetu’s report raises concerns about the Kannaland Municipality, which underspent its budget for water and sanitation infrastructure projects for two years.

He said it was also worrying three municipalities reported serious water losses.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)