http://www.polity.org.za
Deepening Democracy through Access to Information
Home / Statements RSS ← Back
Cape Town|Sanitation|Business|Environment|Exploration|Industrial|Resources|Sanitation|SECURITY|Sustainable|Water|Long-term Sustainable Solutions|Solutions|Sustainable Water Security Solutions|Water Use Licence Applications|Western Cape|Anton Bredell|Nomvula Mokonyane|Patricia De Lille
|Business|Environment|Exploration|Industrial|Resources|Sanitation|SECURITY|Sustainable|Water|Solutions|||
cape-town|sanitation-city|business|environment|exploration|industrial|resources|sanitation|security|sustainable|water|longterm-sustainable-solutions|solutions|sustainable-water-security-solutions|water-use-licence-applications|western-cape|anton-bredell|nomvula-mokonyane|patricia-de-lille
Close

Email this article

separate emails by commas, maximum limit of 4 addresses

Verification Image. Please refresh the page if you cannot see this image.

Sponsored by

Close

Article Enquiry

DWS: Minister Mokonyane meets Mayor of Cape Town on drought

Verification Image. Please refresh the page if you cannot see this image.
Close

Embed Video

DWS: Minister Mokonyane meets Mayor of Cape Town on drought

Photo by Bloomberg

4th October 2017

SAVE THIS ARTICLE      EMAIL THIS ARTICLE

Font size: -+

Today, Minister of Water and Sanitation, Ms. Nomvula Mokonyane, met with the Mayor of the City of Cape Town, Ms. Patricia De Lille and the Minister of Local Government, Environment and Development Planning in the Western Cape, Mr. Anton Bredell, to again assess the Western Cape Drought situation and interventions under implementation currently.

The Mayor appraised the Minister on the City's Plans towards what has been termed 'Day-Zero' and the current challenges in achieving the City's targeted use 500 Mega Litres (ML) of water per day. The city is currently using 618 ML meaning more is required to achieve the targeted levels.

Advertisement

On 28 September 2017, the department gazetted changes to the water restrictions being implemented in the area, increasing restrictions for domestic-use to 40% from an initial 20% previously and to 50% from 30% for industrial use.

Minister Mokonyane has again urged the City to address water losses due to leaks as a mechanism to further prevent unnecessary water losses.

Advertisement

"Working with the City and Province, we will support initiatives that provide innovative and sustainable water security solutions. The increased exploration of ground water resources and the re-use of water are amongst the solutions we are talking to" said Minister Mokonyane.

"As the department will be fast-tracking the implementation of the Berg River/Voelvlei augmentation scheme and are targeting a completion date by the winter of 2019. Similarly plans are afoot  to commence with work on the raising of the Clan-William Dam wall as a matter of urgency."

Concerns however remain regarding illegal connections and dams that are emerging in farming areas, abstracting water for agricultural purposes during this period. The department working with the Province and the Green Scorpions is attending to these matters and increased enforcement of law and by-laws will be effected.

Similarly, water use licence applications currently with the department from the province are being expedited to provide for future water security and efficient planning on solutions to be implemented during this period.

The Minster and the Mayor have also agreed on a process of further engagement with all the relevant stakeholders, community and business, to further grow the partnership on water savings and providing long-term sustainable solutions in the context of the 'new normal.'

Minister Mokonyane has thanked the citizens of Cape Town and businesses that have responded to the calls to use water wisely. "We urge those that are yet to respond, to do so urgently, the situation is dire and requires all to play their part in saving the available water resources and avoiding Day Zero."

 

Issued by the Department of Water and Sanitation

EMAIL THIS ARTICLE      SAVE THIS ARTICLE ARTICLE ENQUIRY

To subscribe email subscriptions@creamermedia.co.za or click here
To advertise email advertising@creamermedia.co.za or click here

Comment Guidelines

About

Polity.org.za is a product of Creamer Media.
www.creamermedia.co.za

Other Creamer Media Products include:
Engineering News
Mining Weekly
Research Channel Africa

Read more

Subscriptions

We offer a variety of subscriptions to our Magazine, Website, PDF Reports and our photo library.

Subscriptions are available via the Creamer Media Store.

View store

Advertise

Advertising on Polity.org.za is an effective way to build and consolidate a company's profile among clients and prospective clients. Email advertising@creamermedia.co.za

View options
Free daily email newsletter Register Now