The Minister of Water and Sanitation, Senzo Mchunu, reiterated the commitment of the Ministry and the department with the provision of water to the communities.
This authorized announcement was made during the launch of the Olifant Management Model Program (OMM), today October 27, 2022 at the Ga-Malekana Tribal Authority outside of Burgersfort in Limpopo.
The program is intended to accelerate drinking water and raw bulk water infrastructure in order to ensure that nearby communities and surrounding mining, agricultural and other businesses in Sekhukhune district, Polokwane and Mogalakwena local municipalities receive adequate water by 2030.
In his opening speech at the launch, Minister Mchunu indicated that this project is a great milestone in our democracy and should not be taken lightly.
“This is a very good example of collective efforts, it is a three-dimensional partnership between the government, the private sector and, most importantly, the people of this area.
This is a great investment for current and future generations, and it must be sustained,” said Minister Mchunu.
The program, which is a collaboration between the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) and the Lebalelo Water Users Association (LWUA), epitomizes the effectiveness of public-private partnership where the will exists and will undoubtedly contribute to big measure.
when it comes to addressing challenges in the water and sanitation sector.
Both DWS and LWUA believe that reliable access to good, safe water is essential to life, nature, and economic growth, so it is important to embark on water access projects that help bring safe, clean drinking water to people.
communities that need it.
The scope of the project, among others, includes enabling water supply to Mogalakwena by relocating a portion of the Lebalelo scheme's current supply from Flag Boshielo Dam to De Hoop Dam and developing networks and related infrastructure to benefit a total of 134 villages.
The estimated cost of the program is R24 billion and it will be funded on a 50:50 basis between government and commercial users through the Lebalelo Water Users Association.
These include African Rainbow Minerals, Anglo American Platinum, Assore, Corridor Resources, Cheetah Chrome, Glencore-Merafe, Implats, Ivanplats, Northam, Tameng and other industrial users.
In addition, this program will address the pressing water needs of approximately 380,000 people in the defined areas in the Limpopo province and may create 42,000 jobs.
The operative word during the launch of the project by DWS and Lebalelo was partnership, and both parties agree that this, among others, will unlock strategic mineral and industrial potential in the region and, more importantly, provide a variety of benefits, such as much-needed water security.
, job creation and socioeconomic development.
The National Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is consulting all stakeholders on a draft National Faecal Sludge Management Strategy, promoting the notion "Water is Life, Sanitation is Dignity".
Consultations started yesterday in George and are currently taking place in Stellenbosch.
According to DWS Western Cape Sanitation Services Deputy Director Mchumane Hlazo, this is in response to the requirements of the National Sanitation Policy and the 2016 Water and Sanitation Master Plan. DWS is developing the National Sludge Management Strategy Fecal (NFSMS) for on-site sanitation systems throughout the entire sanitation value chain.
To date, the second draft of the NFSMS has been completed and is currently being presented to stakeholders for input.
The second intention is to provide the opportunity for the sector to discuss the results of the Status Quo Analysis based on the data received.
of provincial stakeholders and identify the key issues and root causes that contribute to the state of sanitation.
At the heart of the NFSMS are the following sanitation value chain positions Capture and Containment Emptying and Transport to ensure that safe, affordable and sustainable transport and emptying services are available to all users of on-site sanitation systems Treatment to ensure that all faecal sludge is safely received and treated at appropriate treatment facilities.
End use and disposal to establish an enabling framework for the beneficial use of faecal sludge products/safe disposal of faecal waste.
Meanwhile, the DWS is reactivating the Provincial Sanitation Task Forces.
The Provincial Sanitation Work Teams will be made up of various Departments of the National Government, Provincial Government, Local Government, Non-Governmental Organizations and Higher Education Institutions.
The Provincial Sanitation Task Force will, among other things, ensure coordinated efforts aimed at ensuring improved sanitation to restore dignity to communities.
The national faecal sludge management strategy will be finalized early next year and will be implemented immediately.
“Water is Life, Sanitation is Dignity”
Deputy Minister for Water and Sanitation David Mahlobo has earnestly appealed to the residents of Kgabo Park in Moletji, outside Polokwane in Limpopo, to play their part in protecting the water and sanitation infrastructure that is meant to benefit them.
“As a department, we are concerned about the vandalism that is currently occurring to the water and sanitation infrastructure, and we call on you as a community to take care of it as it belongs to you,” said Deputy Minister Mahlobo.
The Deputy Minister made this call on Thursday, October 13, 2022 during the official ceremony to launch and hand over three solar power wells in the area that came about as a result of a public-private partnership between Coca Cola Beverages of South Africa (CCBSA) and the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) called Project Cokeville.
“We are grateful to Coca Cola for their partnership.
Water is a matter of life and death, we are aware that this intervention is not going to solve all our water-related challenges, but it will help a great deal”, said Deputy Minister Mahlobo.
The handover ceremony was attended by Kgoshi Kgabo Moloto III, Polokwane Township Mayor's Councilor John Mpe, MMC Water and Sanitation Councilor Alfred Moakamadi, CCBSA management and DWS officials, among others.
This innovative solar-powered groundwater harvesting system aims to address water scarcity in the country and seeks to provide access to water for struggling rural communities.
This recently launched project has a total capacity to pump, treat, store and distribute 30 mega liters of clean water per year and will benefit more than 200,000 households in the Ga-Ramoshwane and Kgabo Park villages.
As an icing on the cake, 100 water wheels were also donated to 100 identified households, and this will help bring water from the wells to their homes.
South Africa is a water scarce country and water scarcity is experienced in many parts of the country and even more so in Limpopo.
Both the DWS and the CCBSA believe that reliable access to good, safe water is essential to life, nature, and the health of our communities, so it is important to support local water access projects that help bring safe drinking water and cleans communities that need it.
The Kwena Dam, one of the strategic dams in Mpumalanga, continues to drop in water volumes and has now dropped below the 90% mark.
According to the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) Weekly Reservoir Status Report on October 10, 2022, the Kwena Dam in the Lowveld and Ehlanzeni district recorded a drop of 91.7% from last week to 89, 5%.
All other dams listed in the Lowveld also continued to see declines in water levels, with only the Driekoppies dam remaining unchanged at 99.0%.
Primkop Dam posted the biggest decline, falling 8.2% from 83.6% last week to 75.4%.
Blyderivierpoort fell from 83.0% to 80.1%, Buffelskloof from 86.7% to 82.3%, Longmere from 82.7% to 81.7%, Klipkopjes from 97.4% to 92.8%, Witklip from 93.0% to 91.6%, Da Gama from 93.7% to 92.8%, Inyaka from 81.0% to 80.4%, and Ohrigstad from 34.9% to 32.1%.
In terms of the provincial landscape, average dam levels fell from 91.4% to 90.4% and in the Water Management Areas (WMA), the Olifants fell from 80.8% to 80.0% and the Inkomati-Usuthu dropped from 95.3% to 94.6%.
Although water levels continue to drop, the situation is much better than in the same period last year, when average dam levels stood at 76.7% and Olifants WMA at 69.5% and Inkomati- Usuthu in 84.6%.
As water levels continue to drop, the Department of Water and Sanitation continues to encourage the public to use water wisely and sparingly, bearing in mind that South Africa is a water-scarce country and there is no substitute for water.
The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) in KwaZulu-Natal, led by the Provincial Chief, Mr. Ashley Starkey, held a consultation session on the National Water Resources Strategy, Edition 3, this was on Friday, September 23, 2022.
Mr. Starkey set the scene by giving an overview of the state of water in the province, indicating that the availability of water in the province would not be a problem if there was sufficient water use efficiency.
In the province, forestry appears to be the main user of water, with food production and municipal use in close proximity.
The provincial president stressed that one of the stumbling blocks of time was the processing of water use licenses, with the agricultural sector in particular being the most affected.
Mr. Starkey also indicated that in the province there has been a significant improvement in processing them and in a much shorter time.
Addressing the issue of recent flooding in KwaZulu-Natal that has led to the erosion of homes, roads and severe damage to water and sanitation infrastructure, the provincial chief stressed that work is being done to repair damaged infrastructure, although costs have been huge.
and he also mentioned examples of collaborative efforts that can solve the difficulties and challenges of water availability “eThekwini has started with the WWTP repairs; these were devastated by the impact of the floods.
The cost of the devastation of water and sanitation infrastructure due to flooding is just over R1 billion,” said Mr Starkey.
Dr. Chris Moseki, speaking on behalf of the Deputy Director General: Water Resources Management, provided an overview and purpose of NWRS-3.
The background provided by Dr. Moseki included, but was not limited to: climate change: rising temperatures, decreasing even heavier precipitation, and impact on weather frequency.
He also addressed the real value of water and ensuring the delivery of water from source to tap, including support for municipalities.
During the consultation session several independent commissions were created focusing on issues such as increasing water supply, reducing water demand, ensuring financial sustainability, improving research, development and innovations, improving raw water quality, managing water in a changing planet, protect and restore ecological water infrastructure, build effective institutions in the water sector and regulate the water and sanitation sector.
After some lengthy discussions in breakout sessions, a number of suggestions were made in order to provide solutions to the challenge of adequate water provision.
Among the proposals that were made were the prioritization of groundwater as a way to increase water supply, the improvement of urban planning to avoid water pollution, the creation of platforms to promote ideas in the water sector and also it was pronounced that the investigation rate is not enough.
to fund research in South Africa and the option of obtaining international funding for research in the water sector was raised.
The Department of Water and Sanitation engaged key stakeholders from the water sector to provide input to the National Water Resources Strategy 3 (NWRS-3) during a Consultative Workshop held at the Capital Hotel in Mbombela on September 13, 2022.
One of the key objectives of the consultative workshop was to obtain commitment and support for the NWRS-3 in order to improve the management of water resources in the country.
The main key focus of the NWRS-3 is to ensure equitable and sustainable access to and use of water by all South Africans while maintaining the water resource.
The Cabinet approved the National Water Resources Strategy 3 for publication and public consultation.
In his provincial overview presentation, the Provincial Head of the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) of Mpumalanga, Mr. Fikile Guma, reminded delegates that the province of Mpumalanga borders two countries, the Republic of Mozambique and the Kingdom of Eswatini.
and that all rivers form part of internationally shared basins.
He noted that the Komati-Usuthu basin is shared with the Republic of Mozambique and the Kingdom of Eswatini.
Mr. Guma further described the challenges of water resources in the province, including stressed catchments where demand exceeds availability/allocation of water resources due to climate variability and anthropogenic activities, deteriorating quality of water resources due to local government water and waste management, unauthorized water withdrawals, non-payment of water resource management charges, leading to huge water debt, and the need to transform water allocation to address the historical disparity in allocation among all racial groups.
The NWRS-3 workshop was divided into four commissions that discussed and deliberated on issues related to increasing water supply, managing water and sanitation services, regulating the water and sanitation sector, reducing demand of water, the redistribution of water for transformation, the promotion of international cooperation and the creation of an effective water sector.
institutions, addressing legislative and policy gaps, managing water and sanitation in a changing climate, improving raw water quality, protecting and restoring ecological infrastructure, data collection, analysis and information management for monitoring, evaluation and effective reporting, building capacity for action, ensuring funding, sustainability, and empowering research, development, and innovation.
The contributions of the commissions included the need for the government to enforce documented legislation, the need to accelerate the transformation and training of water user associations, the need to regulate all sectors equally, the review of licensing, increasing public-private partnerships, climate change adaptation strategies, speeding up the verification and validation process and the need to improve intergovernmental relations.
The outcomes of the Mpumalanga NWRS 3 consultative workshop will go a long way towards ensuring the sustainable management of water resources for the socio-economic development of the country.
The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) in association with the Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality (NMMDM) and the Ramotshere Moiloa Local Municipality established another water and sanitation forum on August 22, 2022 at the Ntsweletsoku Tribal Authority.
Six water and sanitation forums have already been established in the local municipality of Ramotshere Moiloa since the last visit of the Minister of the Department of Water and Sanitation, Mr. Senzo Mchunu, to the local municipality of Ramotshere Moiloa in early February this year.
The establishment of the Ntsweletsoku Water and Sanitation Forum will facilitate communication and provision of reliable information on water and sanitation services to communities regarding progress, challenges and anticipated developments in the water and sanitation business.
The establishment will also empower forum members to actively participate in water and sanitation business processes, while enabling informed decision-making about water and sanitation services within their respective local municipality and the villages they serve.
The new committee is made up of young members who will facilitate and strengthen communication between stakeholders, communities, including the Department of Water and Sanitation.
In his speech, Mr. Peter Mogosetso, responsible for the formation of water and sanitation forums at DWS, told the committee members that the forum will be responsible for generating understanding among concerned community members to avoid protests over the service of water supply.
All water related issues should be addressed within the forum and communicated with the communities.
“The establishment of this forum is purely for water and sanitation issues and not for other matters, politics should not be entertained because everyone needs water regardless of their political affiliation and should also be informed about the processes of transporting water as water in the village of Ntsweletsoku.
mostly supplied by tanker trucks,” he said.
In addition, he emphasized that the forum should focus, among others, on temporary issues related to water and sanitation, such as water leaks, inoperative wells due to lack of diesel or any minor problem that can be fixed quickly.
Mr. Mogosetso also advised the forum members to be role models in their communities and that they should continue to foster a good relationship with their communities.
According to Mangie Rakale of the Department's Office of Sanitation, “The Department's plan is to ensure that by 2030 all communities have access to decent sanitation, without community members declaring their sanitation needs during Sanitation Plan consultations.
Integrated Development (IDP).
continue slowing down the process of having a decent sanitation service”, concluded
The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) would like to update citizens on the latest water situation in the Western Cape. Today's hydrological report indicates that the average combined levels of the Western Cape Water Supply System dams are at 76.26%, a marked decrease from 98.11% over last year's comparative period.
DWS Western Cape Provincial Chief Ntombizanele Bila-Mupariwa says the Western Cape has received below normal rainfall in the last four months and as such stockpiles at dams are a concern compared to the last two years.
The West Coast District Municipality has experienced a sharp decline in dam levels compared to the same period last year.
For example, the current level of Clanwilliam Dam is 58.08%, a significant decrease from 99.63% last year.
Currently, Theewaterskloof, the largest dam in the Western Cape, is at 76.76%, compared to 101% this time last year.
"Even though the dam levels are low compared to the previous two years, there is no need to panic yet as we are still in a rainy season," says Bila-Mupariwa.
The South African Meteorological Services as well as private weather forecasting models have indicated that the Western Cape Water Supply System will receive most of its rainfall in the second half, August to October, of the hydrological year.
While this is the case, water users are reminded that climate change has made rainfall patterns unpredictable.
DWS will make a statement at the end of the hydrological year, in November.
All water users, especially high-level users, are urged to use water responsibly.
The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) will be holding extensive community engagements on Unconventional Gas Regulations in different parts of the country over the next week.This is after the Department has met with internal and external stakeholders on the published Unconventional Gas Regulations that were developed in accordance with Section 38 of the National Water Act of 1998. The regulations prescribe requirements and procedures when water is used for unconventional gas activities.Public engagements will be launched, particularly with affected communities in provinces where unconventional gas activities are being tested or future use is anticipated. Public commitments will be carried out as follows:
Theunissen, Town Hall
25 July 2022
11:00 – 13:00
Richmond City Hall
26 July 2022
11:00 – 13:00
Laingsburg, JJ Ellis Sports Complex
27 July 2022
11:00 – 13:00
Beaufort West Youth Center
28 July 2022
10:00 -12:00.The Limpopo date, location and time will be confirmed at a later date.
The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) encourages the public to continue to use available water wisely and sparingly as average dam levels remain unchanged in Mpumalanga province.According to the DWS Weekly Reservoir Status Report for July 18, 2022, mean water levels at listed dams in Mpumalanga Province were unchanged from last week at 95.2%. Water levels in the Water Management Areas (WMAs) saw declines with the Olifants WMA falling from 84.5% to 84.3% and the Inkomati-Usuthu WMA falling from 98.9 % to 98.8%.In the Lowveld and Ehlanzeni districts, most of the listed dams remained unchanged with only the Driekoppies and Witklip dams showing slight improvements, increasing from 100.3% to 100.4% and from 100.1% to 100.2%. , respectively.Dams that remained unchanged include Blyderivierpoort at 100.2%, Buffelskloof at 100.2%, Longmere at 100.7%, Klipkopjes at 99.8%, Primkop at 100.9% and Kwena at 100.2%.On the negative side, Da Gama fell from 99.8% to 99.3%, Inyaka from 86.7% to 86.5%, and Ohrigstad from 51.1% to 50.4%.In the Gert Sibande district, only the Morgenstond dam recorded an improvement, slightly increasing from 100.3% to 100.4%. Nooitgedacht and Heyshope remained unchanged at 100.4% respectively.With a decrease in water volumes, Grootdraai dropped from 100.2% to 100.0%, Vygeboom from 100.5% to 100.3%, Jericho from 100.0% to 99.7%, and Westoe from 93, 9% to 92.9%.In the Nkangala district, the Rhenosterkop/Mkhombo dam continued its rise and passed the 50% mark, rising from 49.8% to 50.1%. The Middelburg Dam is the other dam on the list that saw an improvement, slightly increasing from 98.5% to 98.6%.The Witbank and Loskop dams registered decreases in water volumes, going from 101.6% to 101.3% and from 100.7% to 100.6%, respectively.The Department of Water and Sanitation further reminds the public that South Africa is a water-scarce country that goes to great lengths and requires everyone to practice water conservation for water security for current and future generations.As we celebrate Mandela Month, the Department also encourages the public to join the Clear Rivers Campaign and adopt a watercourse, keep it clean and healthy and protect it at all times.