En­sur­ing ef­fec­tive wa­ter re­sources

The New Age (Western Cape) - - Free State News - MICHAEL TLHAKUDI michaelt@the­newage.co.za

IN A bid to in­vest in ef­fec­tive wa­ter re­sources in the prov­ince, the wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion depart­ment hosted the Na­tional Wa­ter and San­i­ta­tion Mas­ter Plan work­shop at Boph­elo House in Bloem­fontein this week.

The depart­men­tal spokesper­son, Mar­cus Monyak­eni, says the mas­ter plan seeks to guide, in­te­grate and set pri­or­i­ties on in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment, re­fur­bish­ment, op­er­a­tion and main­te­nance.

This ground­break­ing work­shop was also aimed to so­licit in­puts from stake­hold­ers in the wa­ter sec­tor, gov­ern­ment de­part­ments, mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, the pri­vate sec­tor and from com­mu­nity mem­bers in at­ten­dance.

He said the plan would also con­trib­ute pos­i­tively to the sec­tor by align­ing in­sti­tu­tional ar­range­ments and en­sur­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion and ac­count­abil­ity by gov­ern­ment au­thor­i­ties in part­ner­ship with com­mu­nity in­volve­ment.

Ad­dress­ing the work­shop, the director of wa­ter sec­tor sup­port in the wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion depart­ment, Priscilla Mo­hapi, said their plan was to look at in­vest­ments for ef­fec­tive wa­ter re­sources.

“The plan aims to pro­vide an over­all per­spec­tive of the scope of the wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion busi­ness, to es­ti­mate the in­vest­ments re­quired to en­sure ef­fec­tive wa­ter re­sources.

It is drafted to fa­cil­i­tate ef­fec­tive in­te­grated in­vest­ment plan­ning, im­ple­men­ta­tion of ac­tions and eval­u­a­tion of achieve­ments” Mo­hapi said.

She said the plan would seek to as­sist gov­ern­ment with its in­vest­ment plan­ning for the de­vel­op­ment of wa­ter re­sources. It is also in­tended for the delivery of wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion ser­vices un­til 2030.

“The plan has been adopted be­cause the coun­try faces a num­ber of chal­lenges that have come to hin­der the sus­tain­abil­ity of wa­ter sup­ply for the fu­ture, the plan could not have come at a more op­por­tune time, to deal with these chal­lenges,” Mo­hapi said.

The con­sul­ta­tion process with stake­hold­ers started on Novem­ber 24.

Mo­hapi said the depart­ment has set it­self the task to sub­mit con­sol­i­dated in­puts to the Cab­i­net by March fol­lowed by a roll­out and im­ple­men­ta­tion plan by April.

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