Mokonyane: Water infrastructure intervention for future of SA

Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane says that residents need to work with government and respect the water restrictions that have been put in place.

FILE: Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane. Picture: Bertram Malgas/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane says that plans to boost infrastructure need to be expedited to avert a broader water crisis.

Speaking at a summit in Johannesburg on Monday, Mokonyane reminded delegates that South Africa is water-scarce.

On Cape Town’s crisis, the minister lauded the municipality for its efforts but reiterated that Capetonians need to do more to save the precious resource.

“It’s part of the reconstruction of the country and it’s not for the Western Cape. This intervention is for the future of this country so that when we realise Vision 2030, there must also be water security in South Africa.”

Mokonyane says that residents need to work with government and respect the water restrictions that have been put in place.

The minister was speaking in Rosebank on Monday where she was outlining government’s plans for the upcoming water infrastructure investment summit later this month.

The City of Cape Town is currently in phase one or preservation restrictions of its disaster plan which involves water rationing through limiting supply and advanced pressure management.

Minister Mokonyane says that residents need to adhere to these restrictions.

“We’ll only hit level zero if Capetonians and the people of the Western Cape do not adhere to water restrictions.

“I appreciate the work that that’s been done by the City of Cape Town where they are now having means to even shut that which you’re wasting.”

The province has been the hardest hit by the drought, with farm workers losing their jobs and rainfall not doing enough to end the crisis.

Meanwhile, despite ongoing calls for residents to use water sparingly consumption in Cape Town has increased to 602 million litres per day.

This is 102 million litres above the daily target.

The Western Cape Local Government Department's James Brent-Styan says the Provincial Disaster Management Centre will now help manage the crisis.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)