Halted Maluti-A-Phofung projects to resume
The Minister for Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation, Hon. Lindiwe Sisulu has noted with concern serious challenges of water supply and projects being on hold due to non-payment of service providers. The payment of service providers took time for a number of issues ranging from verification of works and other related portfolios of evidence required to process some payments. Such verification is important as it will assist the Department not to fall foul of the PFMA requirements.
The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has resolved the matter and an amount of R80 million has been paid to Sedibeng Water for the continuation of projects.
Sedibeng Water has made a commitment to pay all the service providers by 28 October 2020. Most projects will resume on 30 October 2020 and the rest on 02 November 2020. To date, with the support provided by the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs including other stakeholders, the department has managed to equip and refurbish 54 boreholes to supply water in QwaQwa. Key projects that were earmarked to augment water supply in the area of QwaQwa are at different stages of completion.
Furthermore, the Department of Water and Sanitation has allocated R10 Million to Maluti-a-Phofung LM under the Water Services Infrastructure Grant (WSIG) to continue with tankering of water for three months while DWS works on completing projects that will assist towards ensuring “metsi pompong” (Water from taps).
DWS has further looked at the long-term solution whereby the Sterkfontein Water Treatment Works has to be upgraded to ensure the sustainability of water supply. A contractor has been appointed and has already commenced with work.
With the current interventions on the ground, DWS still advises communities to save water in an effort to cap the water losses. The country is currently experiencing serious heatwaves which might affect water resources. Let’s continue to conserve our water while the government through the DWS is hard at it to ensure the security of supply in the long term.
Source: Government of South Africa