Question NW2254 to the Minister of Water and Sanitation

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24 November 2021 - NW2254

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Ceza, Mr K to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

What is his department’s current (a) national backlog for the installation of boreholes in rural municipalities and (b) time frame for completing the (i) installation of boreholes and (ii) building of dams in this regard?


a)  The installation of boreholes falls under the mandate of municipalities in line with Section 84(1)(d) of the Municipal Structures Act which mandates that municipalities are responsible for the provision of potable water within their areas of jurisdiction.

(b) (ii) As per the Department of Water and Sanitation Annual Performance Plan and funding for the 2021/22 financial year, progress for the following construction of the following dams is as follows:




Estimated date of completion


Raising of Hazelmere Dam

96% construction

August 2022


Raising of Clanwilliam Dam

12% construction

April 2026


Raising of Tzaneen Dam

10% construction

June 2023


Mzimvubu Water Project

20% construction (Advanced Works-Access Roads)

Completion to be confirmed on finalisation of construction drawings


New Nwamitwa Dam

  • Procurement completed
  • Designs completed

Completion to confirmed on sequencing of the work packages and availability of long term funding


Lusikisiki Regional Water Supply Scheme: Zalu Dam

  • 43% design completion with estimated
  • 100% design completion

Date of completion to be confirmed on finalisation of specialist services appointment


Algoa Water Supply System: Corney Dam

0% Design stage

October 2022 for completion of designs


Umkhomazi Water Project

Project preparation stage





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