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SA unveils R900bn plan to tackle water shortages

A separate unit will be established to finance, manage and operate the national water infrastructure.

South Africa intends spending R900 billion over the next decade to improve its water-supply and storage infrastructure and tackle a growing shortage of the resource.

The investment is outlined in a national plan, unveiled by Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu on Thursday. Its release comes as parts of the country, most notably the Eastern Cape province, are experiencing the worst drought in a century. Cape Town, the main tourist hub, almost ran out of water two years ago.

South Africa gets on average 465 mm of rain a year, or about half the global average, and its water deficit is set to worsen with scientists forecasting further increases in average temperatures due to the greenhouse effect of unchecked carbon emissions.

A separate unit will be established to finance, manage and operate the national water infrastructure, while projects that are currently in the works will be expedited, Sisulu told reporters at the unveiling of the plan.

“There is not enough water for a country that is industrialised with a high population growth. The demand simply outweighs the supply,” she said. “We need to constantly raise consciousness to preserve what we have.”

More than one-third of available water is lost due to leaking pipes, ageing and broken infrastructure, vandalism and contamination, Sputnik Ratau, Sisulu’s spokesman, said by phone on Friday. Maintenance backlogs have been exacerbated due to funding shortfalls and a failure by municipalities and other users to pay for their supplies, he said.

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so this separate unit will cost us R900 billion….agh please man you don’t no what you are talking about.

I just wonder who got the tender… The Guptas are gone, so who?

So R1 billion for infrastructure and R899 billion for state captors, tenderpreneurs, backhanders, Chancellor House consulting fees, EFF buy-in, union bribes, and sundry other swine-related trough expenses.

If you look at the successes this woman has achieved since entering politics and having been an minister in a number of entities the success rate for this project is likely to be less than 20%. Also the government has already run out of money how are they going to fund this project

Let me see whether I understand this. We need to establish a new unit to do the work that the Department is supposed to do but cannot or will not do? I can see this approach catching on all across Government…

[“There is not enough water for a country that is industrialised with a high population growth. The demand simply outweighs the supply…”]

We all know where the growth in population is centred – so fix the problem before the whole lot of you perish, which you certainly will do otherwise.

It would be useful if they rather split out:

1. X of the R900b is incremental to what normal capex would be over the period.
2. Y of the R900b is expected to be recovered by way of normal water revenue.
3. 900b – X – Y is the shortfall that taxes will fund.
4. But more than this will be covered by people paying for consumption so all good

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