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27 September 2022 - NW3015

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Chetty, Mr M to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

Whether he and/or his department submitted a policy review document and/or any other government policy document to structures outside of the Government, either to private and/or external structures or structures of any political affiliation during the past five years; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) will he furnish Mr M Chetty with copies of all such documents and (b) what are the reasons that the Government documents were provided to each structure?

Reply:

The department periodically develops and reviews policies and this process involves extensive consultations with external stakeholders and the broader public. As such, draft policies are gazetted for public to provide comments.

Once departmental policies are finalised, the documents are gazetted and published on DWS website thus becoming public documents.

a) All policies of the Department can be accessed on the official website www.dws.gov.za

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21 September 2022 - NW2583

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Powell, Ms EL to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

With reference to his reply to question 2954 of 16 December 2020, (a) what is the current status of the National Norms and Standards for Domestic Water and Sanitation Services, (b) what actions must be taken before the Draft Norms and Standards are published for public comment and (c) on what date may the public expect to see and make comments on the Draft Norms and Standards?

Reply:

a)  The draft Compulsory National Water and Sanitation Services Norms and Standards has been certified by the State Law Advisor.

b) Certification of the initial phase Social Economic Impact Assessment by the Presidency is expected by the end of September, whereafter it will be published for public comment for a period of 60 days.

c) Publication of the Norms and Standards for public comments depends on the certification from Presidency, but the target is to publish by 15 October 2022.

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21 September 2022 - NW2491

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Mey, Mr P to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1) (a) What (i) total number of employees of his department are currently working from home, (ii) number of such employees have special permission to work from home and (iii) are the reasons for granting such special permission and (b) on what date will such workers return to their respective offices. (2) Whether he will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

1. (a) (i) None.

(ii) Not applicable.

(iii) Not applicable.

(b) Not applicable.

2. No. there is no need to make a statement. The Department implemented the provisions of DPSA Circular no 38 of 2022 dated 29 June 2022.

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27 July 2022 - NW2406

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Phillips, Ms C to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

What (a)(i) total number of water use licenses applications for chrome wash plants in the Bojanala Platinum District have been received since 2016 and (ii) have not yet been processed, (b) are the names of the (i) individuals and (ii) companies who applied for the licenses and (c) is the identified location of the wash plants in each case?

Reply:

a) Since 2016 the Department received four (4) water use licenses applications for chrome wash plants in the Bojanala Platinum District. Currently there are no applications that are yet to be finalised for chrome wash plants in the Bojanala Platinum District.

b) Please refer to the table below:

No

Name of Applicant

Property Details

Region

Application Date

1

Glencore Operations South Africa(PTY)LTD Glencore Chrome Plant 

Portion 3 of Land Parcel 462 of the Major Region JQ

NW

2018/09/03

2

Rustenburg Platinum Mine: Amandelbult Fine Chrome Recovery Plant

Land Parcel 383 of the Major Region KQ

NW

2019/04/05

3

Kumene Technologies

Rustenburg on Farm and Townlands of Rustenburg 272 JQ

NW

2016/06/01

4

Anglo American Platinum (Pty) Ltd: Amandelbul Complex Fine Chrome Complex Recover Plant

Schilpadnest 385 KQ

NW

2019-04-05

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27 July 2022 - NW2405

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Phillips, Ms C to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

What (a) number of water use licenses have been issued to existing chrome wash plants in the Bojanala Platinum District since 1 January 2011, (b) are the names of the (i) individuals and (ii) companies who hold the licenses and (c) is the location of each of the wash plants?

Reply:

a) There are 7 Water Use Licences issued to existing chrome wash plants in the Bojanala Platinum District since 1 January 2011.

b) The list below indicates the details of the applicants.

No

Name of Applicant

Property Details

Region

Date of Issuance

1

Rustenburg Platinum Mine: Amandelbult Fine Chrome Recovery Plant

Land Parcel 383 of the Major Region KQ

NW

2022/03/26

2

Elgagen (Pty) Ltd–Zandfontein Chrome Wash Plant

Portion of portion 181 (a Portion of Portion 2) of the Farm Zandfontetn 447 JQ

NW

2018/05/16

3

Kumene Technologies

Rustenburg on Farm and Townlands of Rustenburg 272 JQ

NW

2020/12/08

4

Xstrata Alloys Wonderkop plant

Brakspruit 229 JQ, Spruitfontein 341 JQ and Hoedspruit 298 JQ

NW

2011-02-12

5

Evraz Vametco Alloys (Pty) Ltd

Krokodilkraal 426 JQ

NW

2017-05-31

6

Eagle Granite (Pty) Ltd

Portion 1176, 1177, 1178, 1179, 1180, 1181, 1182, 1183 and the remaining extent of the Farm Hartebeestpoort B410JQ

NW

2015-04-30

7

Anglo American Platinum (Pty) Ltd: Amandelbul Complex Fine Chrome Complex Recover Plant

Schilpadnest 385 KQ

NW

2022-03-26

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27 July 2022 - NW1524

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Buthelezi, Ms SA to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

What (a) areas has his department identified nationally, as being the most (i) affected by the water crisis and (ii) likely to have major water and sanitation issues and (b) plans does his department have in place to prevent day zero?

Reply:

a) Areas experiencing water shortages are mostly rural areas in the provinces of the Eastern Cape, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, KwaZulu Natal, Free State and the Northern Cape. In addition, 32% households in South Africa do not have access to a reliable services due to dilapidated infrastructure as well as lack of proper operations and maintenance of existing infrastructure which results in disruptions and shortage of water supply.

Access to sanitation services is less than 85% in six provinces including in the Free State (82.3%), KwaZulu Natal (KZN) (80.9%), Limpopo (63.7%), North West (68.8%), Mpumalanga (63.7%), and Northern Cape (83.9%). Access in the provinces of, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North West are below the national average at 82.1%. in the efforts to remedy these challenges, the DWS will be submitting a National Sanitation Framework (NSF) to Cabinet for approval.

The framework seeks to:

  • Revise the national norms and standards for sanitation and provide for equitable sanitation provision across all settlement types
  • Strengthen monitoring and compliance to the standards, and
  • Sets out measures to improve service delivery such as support in various forms to address service delivery lapses.

b) The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is in the process of planning and implementing a range of major projects to augment national bulk water resource infrastructure and is in the process of establishing the National Water Resource Infrastructure Agency (NWRIA) to finance and implement the large-scale investments in national water resource infrastructure that are required to ensure that South Africa has sufficient bulk water supply now and in future. The use of groundwater, desalination of seawater and rainwater harvesting are also being implemented to address local water requirements.

The DWS will strengthen its role in supporting and intervening in municipalities where water and sanitation services are failing, in conjunction with provinces, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, National Treasury and the South African Local Government Association. This will be done in the spirit of cooperative governance in the Constitution to avoid creating inter-governmental conflict. The service delivery imporvement plan will include:

  • Optimal use of the legislative framework
  • Reconfiguration of Water Boards
  • Positioning of reconfigured Boards to work closely with Municipalities with regards to ensuring capacity for service delivery
  • Development and implementation of rolling plans for providing support and intervention for water and sanitation services to municipalities, drawing on a range of national support programmes
  • Partnerships with the private sector that includes funding as well as technical and managerial expertise

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27 July 2022 - NW2407

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Phillips, Ms C to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(a) What (i) total number of use licenses applications for chrome wash plants were rejected since 2016, (ii) are the names of the (aa) individuals and (bb) companies who applied for the licenses and (b) where were the wash plants going to be located?

Reply:

a) Based on our database there is one (1) water use licence application for chrome wash plant that was withdrawn by the applicant since 2016.

b) The details are indicated below:

No

Name of Applicant

Property Details

Region

Date of withdrawal

1

Glencore Operations South Africa (PTY) LTD Glencore Chrome Plant

Portion 3 of Land Parcel 462 of the Major Region JQ

NW

2021/10/25

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27 July 2022 - NW2424

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Langa, Mr TM to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

On what date is it envisaged that his department will assist with providing an adequate water supply to the residents of Tongaat in KwaZulu-Natal, whom have been without water since the floods?

Reply:

The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) established a WAR room to assist the Ethekwini Metro Municipality to manage the impacts of the floods on water services provision, on 15 April 2022. Officials of the DWS are members of the WAR room and are monitoring interventions to ensure water services are restored and alternative water supplies provided.

The Ethekwini Metro has appointed a contractor to reinstate the Tongaat Water Treatment Works (WTW). The construction is scheduled to be complete and the works commissioned by 30 September 2022.

In the interim the Ethekwini Metro is providing water via approximately 20 water tankers and 33 static tanks installed in the Tongaat area.

Some parts of Tongaat including Watsonia, Buffelsdale, Mithanager, Trurolands, Gandhinagar, Chelmsford Heights and parts of Tongaat Central that are supplied from the Tongaat South Reservoir, are receiving water for a few hours a day.

Other parts of Tongaat that are receiving water from alternative systems include parts of Belvedere area, Raj Kumar’s farm areas, Walter Reid Road, Amanzimnyama area, Brake Village, Plain Street and parts of the Gandhinagar area.

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19 July 2022 - NW2171

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Myburgh, Mr NG to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)Whether he has been informed that raw sewerage is still flowing into the Vanderkloof Dam on a daily basis as a result of the failure of the Renosterberg Local Municipality to render basic services, including a functioning wastewater treatment facility; if not, why not; if so, what are the reasons that he has not taken any steps to address the situation. (2) whether (a) the specified local municipality, (b) the Northern Cape Provincial Government and/or (c) any other person and/or entity has approached him and/or his department to intervene; if not, what is the position in each case; if so, what are the relevant details in each case. (3) whether his department will intervene to avert the looming human disaster of untreated sewerage flowing into the second largest dam in the Republic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details of the (a) steps his department will take and (b) timelines in this regard?

Reply:

1. The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is aware that there is still sewage flowing into the Vanderkloof Dam.

An initial investigation conducted by DWS into the Vanderkloof Wastewater Treatment Plant on 20 June 2018 and 13 September 2018 indicated the following:

  • There was no operations and maintenance plan for the works.
  • There was no security personnel and no protective personal equipment and working tools for the employees on site.
  • The maturation ponds were not lined, posing significant threat of pollution to groundwater resources.
  • There was no disinfecting of the final effluent before irrigating with onto open land next to the plant.
  • The quality of the final effluent discharged into the environment was not being monitored by Renosterberg Local Municipality to comply with the applicable wastewater discharge standards.
  • The untreated wastewater was flowing into the Vanderkloof Dam.
  • Two (2) pump stations were non-functional and overflowing with raw wastewater into the Vanderkloof Dam; and
  • There was no Water Use Authorisation in terms of Section 40 of the National Water Act, for all water use activities that were taking place, namely section 21(e), (f) and (g).

Following the initial investigation, the then Acting Municipal Manager was engaged by the DWS to address the non-compliances on site. When the municipality did not cooperate, a Directive was issued by the DWS to Renosterberg Local Municipality on 05 February 2019. in terms of Sections 19(3) and 53(1).

A follow up inspection was conducted by DWS at the Vanderkloof Wastewater Treatment Plant on 21 May 2019, and no improvements were found. The DWS team found that untreated wastewater was flowing into the nearest stream that flows into Vanderkloof Dam and Orange River. None of the temporary remedial solutions agreed upon were implemented by the municipality to curb pollution of the Vanderkloof dam.

2. The DWS has issued numerous administrative notices in terms of sections 19(3) and 53(1) of the National Water Act to the municipality. This administrative process has been unfolding since 2018 and includes investigations and follow up inspections as well as following up on plans and representations submitted by the Municipality to the department. The administrative action to date includes two (2) written directives and verbal directives issued to the Municipality directing it to stop pollution from its sewer reticulation networks into Vanderkloof dam, and to rectify sewer conveyance and ensure the full treatment of sewer in accordance with norms and standards.

The DWS has approached Renosterberg Local Municipality timeously about the pollution from its Vanderkloof Wastewater Treatment Works, with the latest administrative actions taken against the municipality by the issuance of a second Directive dated 24 March 2022 following recent public complaints and investigations conducted on 23 December 2021 and 18-22 March 2022 of the Vanderkloof Pump stations and Wastewater Treatment Works. From the three recent investigations as stipulated above, the following non-compliance were still observed with no remedial actions taken by the municipality:

  • Wastewater discharges from the two (2) pump stations that were overflowing and discharging inside the dam, as a result, promoting the growth of algae blooms and hyacinth (limiting oxygen levels for the flora and fauna aquatic species living inside the dam); and
  • Seepage of wastewater from the maturation ponds and the lack of chlorination of final effluent.

Furthermore, a recent site inspection conducted by the Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs on 18 May 2022 also concurred with DWS investigations and inspections that the Vanderkloof Wastewater Treatment Works and associated pump stations are causing pollution to groundwater resources and the Vanderkloof Dam.

3. The DWS has intervened by providing funding relief through WSIG (Water Sector Infrastructure Grant) to the Renosterberg LM for the lining of the maturation pond to prevent seepage of wastewater into the Vanderkloof Dam; and a further R4.5 million for the municipality to repair the two (2) non-functional and overflowing pump stations. However, due to the debt that Municipality had with ESKOM, their bank account was frozen as per court interdict in favour of ESKOM recovering outstanding monies owed to it by Renosterberg LM. As a result, no improvements were made to curb the pollution of Vanderkloof Dam and the Orange River.

It should be noted that the municipality has confirmed that the challenges with Eskom have been resolved and that the necessary repairs and maintenance to the sewer reticulation system will commence with the relief funding granted by DWS. The department will closely monitor the implementation of remedial measures and ensure that the requirements of the issued Directives are fully complied with.

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15 July 2022 - NW2232

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Mathulelwa, Ms B to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

On what date is it envisaged that the residents of Umvoti Ward 13, who are drinking water with cattle from the river and relying on rain water, with no proper sanitation structures in place since 1994, will be provided with clean water services?

Reply:

The Department of Water and Sanitation engaged the Mvoti Local Municipality regarding the provision of water and sanitation services to the residents of Umvoti in Ward 13. The municipality reported the following:

  • A total of 1 603 households, 44% of them are served with water from the Mbuba stand-alone water scheme.
  • Water is pumped from the production borehole to supply the 700 households.
  • The water service backlog within Ward 13 stands at 56% (903 households) which are currently serviced with water tankers.
  • The Mbuba water supply scheme currently runs on a diesel generator, and the municipality has plans to connect the plant to an ESKOM power connection due to huge operational costs.
  • Regarding the sanitation services about 96% (1 543 households) are served with VIP sanitation system and there is a backlog of 60 households.

The municipality also indicated that it is currently not able to implement any new projects for water and sanitation services due to funding constraints and over commitment of grant funding for the MTEF period.

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15 July 2022 - NW2321

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Mokgotho, Ms SM to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

On what date is it envisaged that sufficient bulk water and sanitation will be provided to residents of Matlapeng in the Kagisano-Molopo Local Municipality, who currently receive their water from trucks which deliver water once every three weeks?

Reply:

The Tlapeng village is currently receiving water supply through tankering and three (3) existing boreholes. The existing boreholes are unable to cater for the demand in the village. The boreholes discharge an average of 2l/s instead 3.5 l/s which is needed to meet the current demand of approximately 2900 people being serviced at RDP standards.

To address the challenge of water provision and meet the demand for water supply the following plans are to be implemented:

  • A professional service provider has been appointed to do the investigation and designs for construction project of a bulk water scheme.
  • The preliminary design report will be presented to the Department in August 2022 and the final detailed design report will be tabled in September 2022
  • Tender documents will be prepared by November 2022
  • The plan is to commence with construction in January 2023 for a period of 18 months

Should the study meet all the requirements, the Department of Water and Sanitation will avail funding under the Regional Bulk Infrastructure Grant for the implementation of Tlapeng Cluster Water Supply System.

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15 July 2022 - NW2335

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Groenewald, Mr IM to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)Whether, with reference to his department’s statement in its report to the Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation on 6 June 2022, that all municipalities whose waste water plants are in a critical condition of dysfunction were instructed to submit turnaround plans within 60 days after the publication of the Green Drop Report, he will indicate the total number of municipalities that were instructed to submit turnaround plans; if not, why not; if so, what total number of municipalities (a) did comply and/or (b) did not comply with the specified instruction; (2) whether he will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

1.  A total of 90 Water Service Authorities responsible for 334 wastewater collection and treatment systems that achieved less than 30% during the Department’s Green Drop Assessment were issued with non-compliance letters and instructed to prepare and submit corrective action plans as highlighted in the Green Drop 2022 Report.

a) Six (6) of the Water Services Authorities have complied and submitted action plans which are currently being considered by the Department as follows:

  • Joe Morolong LM
  • Ndlambe LM
  • Koukamma LM
  • Hessequa LM
  • Alfren Nzo DM
  • Langeberg LM

Two (2) Water Service Authorities indicated below have requested and granted additional time to develop action plans:

    • Emthanjeni LM
    • Dipaleseng LM

A further five (5) Water Services Authorities did not provide action plans but requested support from DWS as follows:

    • Dr Beyers Naude LM
    • Siyancuma LM
    • Zululand DM
    • Khai Ma LM
    • Blue Crane LM

b) Seventy-seven (77) Water Services Authorities did not adhere to their non-compliance letter issued.

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15 June 2022 - NW1825

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Mokgotho, Ms SM to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

What intervention measures have been put in place by his department to ensure that residents of Ward 5 at Lomanyaneng in Mahikeng have access to adequate water on a regular basis?

Reply:

Lomanyaneng Ward 5 is currently provided with water from the Mahikeng Water Treatment Works and from seven (7) boreholes situated in Majemantsho Village. The current water supply of 5 Ml/d does not meet the demand of 7Ml/d in the area.

According to the Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality (DM), which is a designated Water Service Authority (WSA), funding of R 55 million was made available for ground water augmentation project in Lomanyaneng. The project scope includes drilling and equipping of nine (9) boreholes and refurbishment of a booster pump station. Upon completion of this project, it is expected that additional 2.4 Ml/d will be supplied into the system. The project commenced in November 2021 and is expected to be completed in July 2022.

Furthermore, the Ngaka Modiri Molema DM is currently implementing a Bulk Water Supply Project in ward 31 at Dithakong Village which will also augment the supply to both Ward 35 and 5 once commissioned.

 

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15 June 2022 - NW2072

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Mokgotho, Ms SM to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

What contingency plans have been put in place by his department to alleviate the challenge of water shortages in the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality where residents have been informed to use water sparingly?

Reply:

My department is working closely with Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM) and other affected and interested stakeholders to manage resources in the Algoa Water Supply System (AWSS). Monthly water use monitoring meetings are held to ensure that all users adhere to the restrictions imposed by my department.

The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has developed a model to determine the percentage water restrictions that must be implemented to try and ensure that NMBM as well as the whole Algoa water supply system which includes Koukamma LM, Kouga LM as well as the Gamtoos Irrigation Board does not run out of water. This model is run on an annual basis to determine the domestic as well as the irrigation restrictions that must be implemented to ensure that the whole Algoa system does not reach day zero.

Restrictions were set at 40% of the water resources from the Western side of NMBM. The NMBM could not bring down their water use to the total restricted water use of 222Ml/day. The municipality could only reduce water use to 280 to 290Ml/day despite implementing several projects such as awareness campaigns, leak repairs, pressure management, increase in water tariffs, installation of water use restrictors to reduce the water use.

Interventions already being implemented include the following:

  • The DWS previously provided drought funding to the metro to increase the capacity of the Nooitgedacht WTW (Phase 2) to supply more water from the Fish-Sundays River water supply system.
  • The DWS further funded the Nooitgedacht Coega Low Level Phase 3 scheme which entailed the construction of a 45Ml/day balancing reservoir, an additional section to Water Treatment Plant of 70Ml/day to augment the current water supply from 140Ml/day to 210Ml/day. This project reached practical completion at the end of March 2022, which means that an additional 70Ml/day can be supplied to NMBM.
  • Support to the NMBM to apply for drought funding to COGTA to augment the pumping capacity of the Motherwell and Stanford Road pumpstations and pump additional water to the Western side. COGTA has allocated R58 million drought funding towards this project and the DWS is part of the implementation team
  • The DWS has allocated funding since 2019 towards the development of groundwater in the Kouga Local Municipality to reduce the water requirements of Kouga LM from the NMBM supply dams

The DWS is engaging the NMBM, GOGTA and National Treasury to discuss other possible solutions to ensure that the Western side of NMBM does not run out of water. One of the solutions under consideration is to pump more water from the Eastern side (where unrestricted water is available) to the Western side of the Metro.

Discussions have also been held with the Strategic Water Partner’s network to establish a Nelson Mandela Bay / Gqberha Water Partnership. This entails possible funding from the Private Sector to assist with interventions such leak repairs, water demand management as well as appointing experts to assist with the management of the water crisis. This will be managed by the Strategic Water Partner’s network in collaboration with NMBM and the NMB Business Forum.

Be assured that my department takes the current situation in NMBM serious and will assist the Metro to try and ensure that there will be water supply to the customers.

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15 June 2022 - NW2070

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Mokgotho, Ms SM to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

By what date does he envisage villagers around Giyani in Limpopo will receive water from the Giyani reservoir, which has been empty since 2000?

Reply:

The Giyani Water Treatment Works pumps potable water to the two main reservoirs which are the Low-lift and High-lift reservoirs on top of Mangombe mountain on a daily basis. The High-lift Reservoir pumps water to 3 pipelines F (South), F (North) and C. The Low-lift Reservoir pumps water to 3 pipelines B, E and D. The reservoirs pump water to 55 villages including Giyani Town in line with the rationing program in place.

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15 June 2022 - NW1996

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Basson, Mr LJ to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)Whether his department is involved in any way in the eight housing projects in the uMngeni Local Municipality that are being held up by the uMgungundlovu District Municipality due to their inability to provide bulk water and sanitation; if not, in what way will his department assist the uMgungundlovu District Municipality in the delivery of bulk services in order to complete the housing projects; if so, what are the full, relevant details of his department’s involvement. (2) whether his department provided funding to the uMgungundlovu District Municipality for the provision of bulk water; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what amount was allocated?

Reply:

1.  The Department of Water and Sanitation is not involved in the eight housing projects. If required, uMgungundlovu District Municipality may apply to the Department for RBIG funding. Alternatively, the district municipality may apply to CoGTA for MIG funding.

2. As no application for RBIG funding has been received from uMgungundlovu Municipality, no funds are currently being provided to the municipality for construction of bulk water infrastructure to service the eight housing projects. The requirements for applying to the DWS for RBIG funding include a detailed feasibility study report, preliminary designs, an implementation readiness study report and a business plan from the municipality.

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15 June 2022 - NW1947

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Weber, Ms AMM to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)Whether, with regard to the acid mine drainage spill into the Wilge and Olifants Rivers in Mpumalanga in February 2022 from the Kromdraai Gold Mine belonging to a certain company (name furnished), his department gave a verbal directive to the specified mine before the spillage happened; if not, why not; if so, (a) on what date was the directive given and (b) what was the directive. (2) whether his department gave a written directive to the specified company regarding the leak at the shaft at Kromdraai Gold Mine; if not, why not; if so, on what date. (3) whether he will furnish Ms A M M Weber with a copy of the directive; if not, why not; if so, on what date; (4) whether his department referred the matter into the acid mine drainage spill at Kromdraai Gold Mine for criminal investigation; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1)(a) The Department issued a verbal directive to Kromdraai Colliery during the site investigation on 17 February 2022 and issued a written directive confirming the verbal directive on 21 February 2022.

(1)(b) The directive issued instructed Kromdraai Mine to do the following:

  • Take all reasonable measures to contain and minimise the effects of the incident.
  • Undertake clean-up procedures.
  • Remedy the effects of the incident.
  • Appoint a suitably qualified environmental consultant to compile a rehabilitation plan for all the affected areas within ten (10) days upon receipt of this directive, which must be submitted to the Department for recommendations. The rehabilitation plan must entail amongst the others, the nature and extent of the impacts that the incident posed or may pose on the water resource and measures that will be implemented to remediate or mitigate the impacts with clear timeframes and descriptions of how and when each remedial/mitigation action will be implemented.
  • Implement all the recommendations contained in the rehabilitation plan and rehabilitate the areas affected by the water use activities within thirty (30) days of Departmental approval of the rehabilitation plan.

(2) The department issued a directive in terms of Section 20(4)(d) of the National Water Act,1998 (Act No 36 of 1998) to Kromdraai Colliery, dated 21 February 2022.

(3) A copy of the directive is attached as Annexure A.

(4) A criminal case was opened with Vosman Police Station in eMalahleni, case number 299/03/2022. Both internal and external witnesses have made their statements in connection with the pollution incident.

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15 June 2022 - NW1835

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Msane, Ms TP to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

By what date will his department (a) fix the boreholes in Ward 23 and 27 in Giyani and/or (b) assist the Greater Giyani Local Municipality to ensure that people living in the specified wards have access to water?

Reply:

a) The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) together with the Mopani District Municipality are in the process of implementing a number of interventions to ensure that communities living in the Greater Giyani Local Municipality have access to water. The projects entail refurbishment of Giyani water treatment works required to treat surface water from the Nsami Dam and to convey adequate and sustainable potable water to Giyani Town and the surrounding 55 villages. The projects progress is as follows

PRPOJECT NAME

DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT

OVERALL CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS IN %

ANTICIPATED COMPLETION DATE

Giyani water services – reticulation

Funded by the Mopani District Municipality (MDM)

  • Refurbishment/construction of service reservoirs in 55 villages
  • Refurbishment/construction of reticulation in 55 villages around Giyani
  • Installation of metered yard connections for revenue enhancement & demand management

0% it is at planning state

TBC

Giyani water treatment works refurbishment

Funded by MDM

  • Minor refurbishment of the operational 30Ml/d WTW components
  • Major refurbishment of non-operational 6,5Ml/d WTW components

0% it is at planning state

September 2023

Giyani water services – bulk distribution

Funded by DWS

  • Construction of eight (8) bulk pipelines to provide water to 55 villages (325 km)
  • Repairs and refurbishments of existing water and sanitation infrastructure

53%

December 2022

Nandoni to Nsami pipeline

Funded by DWS

  • Construction of 49km raw water pipeline to Giyani

40%

September 2023

The MDM has 346 newly drilled boreholes that require electrification. Applications for electrification of boreholes have been submitted to ESKOM. The district municipality indicated that electrical installations will be done in batches of 25 boreholes due to budget constraints.

Bulk water from the Nondweni water treatment works is reaching all the villages. The Mopani District Municipality is also constructing a booster pump station to ensure that water reaches the furthest point especially the Mayephu area. The booster pump station is 80% complete.

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15 June 2022 - NW1674

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Basson, Mr LJ to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)Whether the committee appointed by the Mhlathuze Water Board with regard to allegations against a certain office bearer investigated the allegations; if not, why not; if so, what (a) was the outcome of the investigation and (b) are the reasons that he has not appointed an independent authority to investigate the allegations of malfeasance, as per the policy of Mhlathuze Water on whistle-blowing. (2) whether he will consider dissolving the Board; if not, why not; if so, what are the full, relevant details?

Reply:

1(a) There is no Committee appointed by the Board of Mhlathuze Water to investigate allegations against the office bearer referred to. The Board cannot appoint a committee to investigate its own affairs. Such powers rest with the Minister of Water and Sanitation. The Ministry has performed a preliminary fact-finding exercise regarding this matter. The department’s Internal Audit will investigate the allegations levelled against the office bearer.

(2) Up until such time that the process outlined above has been concluded it would be premature to speculate on what action the Minister might take.

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14 June 2022 - NW1606

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Weber, Ms AMM to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)Whether there is a national information system in each province for all water use licenses (WULs) for mines, industries and farming; if not, why not; if so, (a) how can the general public access the information, as it is public information and (b) will he furnish Ms A M M Weber with the link to the information system; (2) whether, in view of the fact that every water use license holder must submit an externally audited report of compliance every year, he will furnish Ms A M M Weber with the audited reports for water use licenses issued in the past three years; if not, why not; if so, on what date; (3) on what date will he furnish Ms A M M Weber with the (a) water use licence and (b) audit report for Kromdraai Mine in Mpumalanga?

Reply:

(1) Yes, the Department uses the Water Authorisation Registration Management System (WARMS) wherein all authorised water uses including water use licenses are captured. In addition, there is a data base that comprise all copies of authorisations. Both data bases are internal to the Department.

(1)(a) The water use licences are accessible by request to the Deputy Chief Information Officer, Mr. Mpho Ratshisusu, Chief Director Legal Offices at the e-mail address Ratshisusum@dws.gov.za, Private Bag X 313 Pretoria 0001. Tel: 012 336 7705.

(1)(b) A link to access all licences by members of public is yet to be created due to security issues associated with licensing. However, the Department can avail all licences that are requested through the office of the Deputy Chief Information Officer (contact details above) within a reasonable time.

(2) The view that all water users issued with water use licences must submit an externally audited report of compliance every year is not necessarily correct, there are licences issued where this condition may not be imposed due to minimal risks associated with the water use activities. The department can provide the Honourable Member with external audit reports where such have been received by the department from water users in question. These reports are often submitted to the Department in hardcopy. The department can provide a list of the Audited reports to the Honourable Member so that the specific reports required can be identified. This list will be provided by 31 May 2022.

(3)(a) The department needs so be furnished with property details of the water use licence required and the correct name of the Licensee (company name) to be able to provide the accurate information to the Member.

(3)(b) The response in point 3 (a) applies to this question.

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14 June 2022 - NW1548

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Marais, Ms P to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

By what date will water be provided for the community of Phokwane in Pampierstad, that has been without water for weeks?

Reply:

The water challenges in Phokwane still persist but the municipality is working on a long-term plan address the matter. The Pampierstad bulk water supply system consists of seven reservoirs. One of these and two pumping stations are currently under construction. Raw water is obtained from the Vaalharts irrigation canal and stored in a 24Ml concreted lined dam, from which it is pumped to two concrete lined dams of 25 Ml at the water treatment works. The capacity of the treatment works is 9.6 Ml/day. Treated water is pumped via two asbestos cement rising mains to the main reservoir. The Phokwane Local municipality is planning to install a 315mm uPVC pipeline to augment the water supply from the treatment works.

The main reservoir site consists of one ground level reservoir of 6.5Ml and a 700-kl concrete tower reservoir. The tower reservoir is not operational as the electrical works required by the pumping station are not in place. Water currently gravitates from the ground level reservoir to the distribution networks of the town and suburbs.

A 400mm diameter uPVC pipeline was recently constructed to supply water from the main reservoir site to a new 10Ml storage reservoir on the hill near the village of Upper Majaekgoro. The reservoir was constructed as part of a bulk water supply upgrade project initiated in 2017/18 with the Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MIG) to the value of R31 433 484.

To address the aforementioned shortcomings, a feasibility study to assess the efficiency and reticulation systems of Pampierstad and surrounding villages in providing its water supply areas with water of acceptable quality and quantity in a sustainable manner, was completed in February 2022 by the Phokwane Local Municipality. An estimated R70 905 356 is required to complete the Pampierstad Bulk Water Supply and is to be allocated via MIG.

It is therefore critical that the tower reservoir of 700kl be re-commissioned. This is necessary to solve the low-pressure problems, as currently experienced in a large area in Pampierstad. It is also required to commission the new 10ML reservoir to meet the water demands.

The Department of Water and Sanitation has invested over R72 million to replace asbestos cement (AC) pipes. The Phokwane local municipality is currently busy with Phase 5 of the project which is funded through MIG.

As an interim measure, the municipality uses the tankering system to fill water tanks that are placed at strategic areas where water provision remains a challenge.

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23 May 2022 - NW1675

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Basson, Mr LJ to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)What is the nature of the allegations and/or wrongdoing that led to the suspension of the Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Financial Officer of Mhlathuze Water by the Mhlathuze Water Board in December 2021; (2) whether the specified officials are still suspended; if not, (a) why not and (b) what is the outcome of the investigation; if so, what are the further, relevant details?

Reply:

1.  The Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Financial Officer of Mhlathuze Water were put on precautionary suspension on 8 December 2021 following whistle-blower allegations. If proven, these allegations would require the Board to institute a detailed investigation.

2. In January 2022, based on the outcome of the preliminary investigation, the Board deemed it appropriate to extend the period of the precautionary suspension for three months with an option of extension for a period not exceeding six months in line with entity’s policy. The two remain on precautionary suspension until the investigation is concluded.

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23 May 2022 - NW1408

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Motsepe, Ms CCS to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

What are the reasons for the delays by his department in fixing the ageing infrastructure of wastewater treatment plants in the Emfuleni Local Municipality where residents are currently living with human excrement at their doorsteps?

Reply:

The Department of Water and Sanitation has appointed Rand Water as the implementing agent for the sanitation intervention in Emfuleni. Funding has been allocated to Rand Water to rehabilitate four wastewater treatments works and to increase the capacity of the Sebokeng wastewater treatment works.

In addition, contractors are currently on site replacing collapsed sewer pipelines and removing blockages in sewer pipelines to stop sewage spilling into people’s yards and into the environment.

Rand Water is also assisting Emfuleni Municipality to improve the operation and maintenance of its wastewater treatment systems. It is anticipated that the rehabilitation of the wastewater treatment works will be completed by the end of this year.

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23 May 2022 - NW1649

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Brink, Mr C to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

Whether he has found that most of the waste water treatment plants and sewage pumping stations in municipalities in the Free State and the North West are either completely non-functional and/or operating at diminished capacity; if not, will he, in collaboration with the relevant departments, undertake an assessment of what total number of the plants and/or stations are functional and operating at full or near full capacity and report its findings to Parliament; if so, what is he, in collaboration with the relevant departments, doing to ensure that (a) existing sewage infrastructure is refurbished and (b) any capital expenditure allocated towards the purpose is not misappropriated?

Reply:

The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) revived the Green Drop programme in the 2021/2022 financial year. The Green Drop regulation programme sought to identify and develop the core competencies that, if strengthened, would gradually and sustainably improve the standard of wastewater management in South Africa. The Green Drop programme seeks to induce changes in behaviour of individuals and institutions to facilitate continuous improvement and adoption of best practice management of wastewater networks and treatment systems. The programme evaluates the entire wastewater management services over a one-year audit period. The Green Drop report was released on 1 April 2022, and it can be accessed on the departmental website www.dws.gov.za.

In the Green Drop report, it has been indicated that 64 (FS) and 33 (NW) Wastewater Treatment Systems have been identified to be at critical state in the Free State and Northwest Provinces respectively. The table below provides details systems at critical state in the two provinces. Letters of non-compliance in terms of green drop report audit findings have been sent to respective water services authorities responsible for the systems at critical state, requiring them to submit a detailed corrective action plan to the DWS.

Table of Systems at critical state in Free State and Northwest provinces

FREE STATE PROVINCE

64

Kopanong LM

 

 

 

 

4

 

Fauresmith

 

Gariep Dam

 

Jagersfontein

 

Reddersburg

Letsemeng LM

 

 

2

 

Koffiefontein

 

Oppermansgronde

Mafube LM

 

 

 

 

 

5

 

Namahadi

 

Villiers/Qalabotjha

 

Frankfort

 

Tweeling

 

Cornelia

Maluti-a-Phofung LM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

 

Elandsriver

 

Kestell

 

Makwane/Matsegeng

 

Moeding

 

Phuthaditjhaba

 

Tshiame

 

Wilge/Harrismith

Mangaung LM

 

 

 

6

 

BFN - Northern Works

 

BFN-Bloemdustria

 

Soutpan

 

Dewetsdorp

 

Van Stadensrus

 

Wepener

Mantsopa LM

 

 

 

3

 

Excelsior

 

Ladybrand

 

Tweespruit

Masilonyana LM

 

 

 

3

 

Brandfort

 

Theunissen-Masilo

 

Winburg

Matjhabeng LM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

 

Allanridge

 

Hennenman

 

Mmamahabane

 

Odendaalsrus

 

Phomolong

 

Thabong

 

Theronia

 

Ventersburg

 

Virginia

 

Witpan

Mohokare LM

 

 

 

3

 

Rouxville

 

Smithfield

 

Zastron

Nala LM

 

 

 

3

 

Bothaville

 

Wesselsbron

 

Monyakeng

Ngwathe LM

 

 

 

 

 

5

 

Parys

 

Vredefort

 

Koppies

 

Heilbron

 

Edenville

Nketoana LM

 

1

 

Lindley/Ntha

Phumulela LM

 

 

 

3

 

Vrede

 

Warden

 

Memel

Setsoto LM

 

 

 

3

 

Ficksburg

 

Clocolan

 

Marquard New

Tswelopele LM

 

1

 

Hoopstad

Moqhaka LM

 

 

 

3

 

Kroonstad

 

Steynsrus

 

Viljoenskroon

Metsimaholo LM

 

 

2

 

Deneysville-Refengkgotso

 

Oranjeville

NORTHWEST PROVINCE

33

Dr Ruth Mompati DM

8

Naledi LM

Vryburg

Mamusa LM

Schweizer Reneke

Naledi LM

Stella

Greater Taung LM

 

 

 

 

Taung Hospital

 

Taung Station

 

Diplankeni/Mogogong

 

Maganeng/Pudimoe

 

Reivilo

Kgetleng River LM

 

 

 

 

4

 

Koster AS

 

Swartruggens

 

Koster Ponds

 

Mazista

Madibeng LM

 

 

 

3

 

Mothotlung

 

Eagles Landing

 

Sunway

Maquassi Hills LM

 

 

2

 

Leeudoringstad

 

Wolmaranstad

Moretele LM

 

1

 

Swartdam

Moses Kotane LM

 

 

2

 

Mogwase

 

Madikwe

Ngaka Modiri Molema DM

13

Ditsobotla LM

 

 

Coligny

 

Lichtenburg

 

Itsoseng

Mafikeng LM

 

Mahikeng

 

Mmabatho

Ramoshere Moilwa LM

 

Lehurutshe-Welbedacht

 

Zeerust

Tswaing LM

 

 

 

 

 

Delareyville

 

Sannieshof

 

Ottosdal

 

Atamelang

 

Groot Marico

 

Itekeng Ponds

a) The department will from the financial year 2022/2023 onwards, through the Water Service Infrastructure Grant (WSIG) prioritise the approval of business plans from municipalities designed to refurbish and upgrade the diminishing wastewater treatment works. It should be noted that the department provides funding to municipalities for upgrading and refurbishing wastewater treatment works through the Water Service Infrastructure Grant and Regional Bulk Infrastructure Grant (RBIG) on an ongoing basis. The department will continue supporting municipalities in collaboration with CoGTA, to ensure that the wastewater treatment works are complaint with the required standard in line with the green drop requirements.

b) The department allocates grants in line with the approved business plans of WSAs. The business plans are followed by supporting documentations such as cashflows and project plans documents. The department further allocates funds in terms of direct transfers and indirect transfers to municipalities. The department will monitor the expenditure of the grants to ensure that funds are not misappropriated. The department will further enforce Division of Revenue Act to ensure that the grant funding is spent in line with the requirements of the Act. Where there is misappropriation, required actions will be taken in line with the Act itself.

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23 May 2022 - NW1583

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Hinana, Mr N to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

Whether (a) his department and/or (b) entities reporting to him concluded any commercial contracts with (i) the government of the Russian Federation and/or (ii) any other entity based in the Russian Federation since 1 April 2017; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, for each commercial contract, what are the (aa) relevant details, (bb) values, (cc) time frames, (dd) goods contracted and (ee) reasons that the goods could not be contracted in the Republic?

Reply:

There are no commercial contracts entered into by my Department or any of the Entities reporting to me with the govenment of the Russian Federation.

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23 May 2022 - NW1508

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Hendricks, Mr MGE to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)Whether, given that the water infrastructure in KwaZulu-Natal in areas such as (a) Umdoni, (b) Umzinto, (c) Malangeni and (d) Port Shepstone have been in a dilapidated state well before the recent floods, he will indicate by which date the infrastructure in the specified areas will be improved; if not, why not; if so, by what date; (2) whether any provisions are being made to assist the poor communities that are affected by the lack of and/or no access to drinking water; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether he will establish an effective oversight committee to monitor repairs and/or the replacement of bulk water infrastructure; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1) The Ugu District Muniicpality is the Water Services Authority (WSA) for the aforementioned areas. All the water supply systems listed above have experienced water supply interruptions due to:

  • Water demands exceeding the available supply. The schemes need to be upgraded to meet the growing demands.
  • The aging pipe infrustructure, and mechincal and electrical componets of water treatment works and pumpstations. The corrective measures include the implementaion of a pipeline replacement programme under the Municipal Infrustructure Grant (MIG) and allocation of up to 10% of the MIG funding towards operations and maintainance.

The recent floods have severely impacted on water and sanitation services in the Ugu DM area and teams are currently assessing the damage to the infrustructure and working hard to restore water supply and recover the systems.

Prior to the floods, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) had been assisting with the water services challenges that are being experienced in the Ugu DM. The DWS is a member of the Inter-Ministerial Task Team that has been established by the Premier of KwaZulu-Natal to determine the root causes of water supply interruptions in the various supply systems, develop implementable interventions, and monitor the progress made with implementation of the interventions.

The DWS is also a member of the Technical Task Team and the Water Supply Challenges WAR Room that is assisting the Ugu DM to implement immediate interventions to stabilise the supply systems and develop a turnaround strategy.

However, since the floods, support efforts have focused on restoring water and sanitation services to flood damaged areas and assessing the cost to restore the infrastructure. The DWS has also assisted the Ugu DM and the Provincial Disaster Mangement Centre with disaster relief funding applications.

(2) As part of the flood relief interventions, the DWS has also hired 20 additional water tankers to assist the Ugu DM to provide emergency relief across the District for 90 days. This will allow repairs to damaged infrastruture to be effected and the systems to be restored.

(3) As mentioned in 1 above, the DWS is part of the technical task team established by the Premier. This team is overseeing the interventions along with the Provincial Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs and engineers from the Municipal Inftustructure Supprt Agency.

The DWS has also deployed a team of multidisciplinary engineers and technical experts to quantify and cost the flood damages.

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13 May 2022 - NW1470

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Horn, Mr W to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(a)(i) On what date was a full inspection in respect of the structural integrity of the bulk water supply pipeline between Welbedacht Dam and the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality done and (ii) what were the findings and (b) what are the details of a proactive maintenance plan in respect of the pipeline in order to prevent and/or limit pipe bursts and emergency repairs?

Reply:

a)  (i) The full Hydraulic assessment of the Pipeline from Welbedacht to Bloemfontein was conducted in February 2011 and a further assessment was conducted in October 2019 at one trajectory (Dehoek to Uitkyk) after a pipe failure occurred on that part of the pipeline.

(ii) The findings on the 2011 report indicated that:

  • there were infrastructure components that required refurbishment,
  • There were leaks on the pipeline which had to be addressed via the Bloem Water’s winter preventative maintenance shutdowns.

b) Since the inspections were conducted, Bloem Water has done the following as part of a proactive maintenance plan:

  • Established a Pipeline Reaction Team in 2015
  • Reworked its Preventative Maintenance Strategy
  • Established its inhouse pipeline manufacturing workshop which assists with pipeline components and quick turnaround time of maintenance work on the main pipeline

These measures have assisted Bloem Water to reduce real water losses on its strategic infrastructure to less than 13% for the past 8 financial years. Furthermore, three years has passed since the last pipe burst on this 48-year-old pipeline.

In addition, Bloem Water is currently implementing the construction project of a mitigating parallel line which is 33.7km long as phase 1. This pipeline will be in operation by July 2022 and will further preserve the status of reliable uninterrupted bulk water supply to the Mangaung Metro Municipality. The new pipeline will replace the problematic portion of the mainline which frequently experience pipe bursts. Phase 2 of the remaining 72km is currently under planning. This pipeline will replace the old line from Welbedacht Dam to Bloemfontein, once completed.

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13 May 2022 - NW1469

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Horn, Mr W to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

What total number of (a)(i) water engineers and (ii) structural engineers is provided for on the organogram of Bloem Water and (b) the specified positions for water and structural engineers were vacant on 28 February 2022?

Reply:

(a) (i) The organogram makes provision for 73 water engineers and (ii) 34 structural engineers.

(b) Vacancies as of 28 February 2022

  • Process controllers: 13
  • Electrical Artisan: 1
  • Mechanical Artisan: 1

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13 May 2022 - NW1407

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Motsepe, Ms CCS to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

How will the wastewater challenge be funded which, according to the 2022 Green Drop Report, requires an amount of R8 billion in order to clean up the stinking sewage and wastewater crisis in the Republic?

Reply:

The Department of Water and Sanitation uses the Green Drop Report as a performance baseline for the municipal wastewater fraternity to inform appropriate regulatory intervention with the objective to facilitate improvement. This is included in the Department’s Water Services Improvement Programme which includes sustainable intervention with the objective of ensuring a turnaround in the perfromance of the Municipal Water Services Sector.

The Green Drop Performance trends will be used to determine repetitive poor performance, to inform a more drastic approach to ensure a turn-around. This could include facilitating long-term intervention by either a capacitated water board or any other suitable mode of sanitation services support.

The results of the Green Drop Report dictates that wastewater services be a primary focus area of the government in targetted areas. Therefore, national government will ensure that grant funding allocated to the water sector is allocated with the objective of restoring the functionality of exisiting wastewater infrastructure according to the findings of this report.

The determination of the “Very Rough Order of Estimates” (VROOM), which informed the amount referenced in your question, was done to give an estimation of the capital requirement for the functionality restoration drive. This will be effected with the support of National Treasury.

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06 May 2022 - NW1284

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Weber, Ms AMM to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)Whether, given the shocking destruction of the river ecology at the Wilge and Olifants Rivers in eMalahleni, Mpumalanga, (details furnished), and the visit by his department at the Kromdraai Mine on Monday 14 March 2022, he has found any indication of malpractice in the incident; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details. (2) whether his department was informed of the leak when they visited the venue on 14 March 2022; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what steps did they take to stop the disaster from happening; (3) in view of his department’s verbal directive that the excess water must be pumped into another area so that the pressure will be less of a danger to break, what (a) follow-up steps did his department take to check whether the water was distributed somewhere else and (b) has he found to be the reason for the build-up of the acid drain mine water at the specified mine?

Reply:

1. The initial investigation determined that a concrete seal at the shaft failed as a result of a build-up of water inside the shaft. The water use licence for Kwezela Colliery’s Kromdraai site has a condition that requires groundwater monitoring through boreholes, but this was apparently not done. Proper groundwater monitoring would have given an indication of rising water levels in the shaft.

2. On 14 February 2022 the Mine indicated that it became aware of an uncontrolled release of mine-impacted water at Khwezela Colliery outside of eMalahleni, in the Mpumalanga Province. The Department of Water and Sanitation conducted a site investigation on 17 March 2022. The incident took place at the South Shaft which according to the mine was last operational in 1966.

3. The Department issued a verbal directive after the site investigation on 17 February 2022, and again issued a written directive confirming the verbal directive on 21 February 2022

The Department conducted a follow up inspection on 03 March 2022 and observed that the water was still flowing from the collapsed shaft, however it was trapped on a designed pit a few meters from the shaft to prevent further pollution of the water resource. The water was being pumped into a void called Ramp 8 for storage. The plan according to the mine is to pump the water from Ramp 8 into a pollution control dam called Lopies Dam. From Lopies dam the water will flow into the Lime Treatment Plant for further treatment before it is discharged into Kromdraaispruit.

 

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05 May 2022 - NW1251

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Buthelezi, Ms SA to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

What action has his department taken to ensure the development and innovation of water infrastructure for catchments?

Reply:

In South Africa many catchments are water stressed and this necessitates implementation of various measures to secure water resources in all the catchments in the country. The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) gives effect to the development and innovation of water infrastructure through the National Water Resource Strategy.

The DWS undertakes continuous scenario planning to ensure water security for the country. The key outputs of the scenario planning are strategies and projects to reconcile water requirements and availability for all large integrated systems in the country and localised water resource systems that secure water for small towns, villages or clusters of settlements.

Broadening of South Africa’s water resource mix is critical for water security as there are now limited opportunities for further surface water developments. To address this, the DWS:

  • Is developing guidelines and a national strategy for supplementing surface water resources with groundwater resources in a sustainable fashion.
  • Is importing surface water from neighbouring countries;
  • Will increasingly be supporting municipalities to develop alternative sources of water, including through desalination and water re-use;
  • Is encouraging and supporting municipalities to implement water conservation and demand management strategies, including reducing water losses; and
  • Will increasingly be working with industries to increase water-use efficiency.

The Department of Water and Sanitation is currently in the process of establishing the National Water Resource Infrastructure Agency (NWRIA). Once established, the NWRIA will be able to finance and implement large-scale investments in national water resource infrastructure that are required to ensure that South Africa has sufficient bulk water supply.

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05 May 2022 - NW1134

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Basson, Mr LJ to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

What are the (a) reasons that the situation of empty reservoirs in the south of Johannesburg which began five years ago has not been addressed and (b) details of the water and/or reservoirs challenges faced by residents because the Meyershill and South Hills reservoirs were empty since in February 2022 and residents did not have a drop of water for nine days, and that there has been no water in the areas of Linmeyer, Risana, South Hills and Oakdene since 10 March 2022 as the reservoirs are also empty?

Reply:

Rand Water provides potable water to the City of Johannesburg. Over the past couple of years Rand Water experienced failures of bulk electrical and mechanical equipment at the Rand Water purification works and main pump stations. Interruptions at the Zuikerbosh purification plant impacts on Rand Water’s Palmiet and Swartkoppies pump stations. These pump stations supply water to the Klipriviersberg, Meyershill and Forest Hill reservoirs.

Johannesburg Water pumps water from the Rand Water Meyershill reservoir to the South Hills towers to supply water to Linmeyer, Risana, South Hills and surrounding areas. Johannesburg Water also pumps water from the Rand Water Forest Hill reservoir to the Forest Hill tower which provide water the Oakdene and surrounding areas.

Due to the electrical and mechanical failures at the works and the pump stations at Rand Water, the water levels at reservoirs are reduced to very low levels or run empty. When the water levels from the reservoirs are too low, the Johannesburg Water pumps are damaged.

To safeguard the pumps against the damage, Johannesburg Water switches off its pump stations until reservoir levels can be stabilised. During the period when the pumps are switched off, this results in water interruptions for the areas dependent on the Klipriviersberg, Meyershill and Forest Hill reservoirs.

Since February 2022 Rand Water had a number of failures at their Zuikerbosh plant as well as the Palmiet pump station which affected water supply capability to the South of Johannesburg; especially the Meyershill reservoir; which then impacted on the South Hills tower supply. The failures resulted from electricity supply failures, transformer failures as well as pump failures on various occasions. The duration of the interruptions would be as long as 5 days over which Rand Water managed to build sufficient capacity at its reservoirs. The City of Johannesburg provides water through alternative means to affected areas when there are disruptions.

During the last incident in the beginning of March 2022, arrangements were made for Johannesburg Water to pump water directly from the inlet pipe works at the Meyershill reservoir to restore water supply in the South Hills area. This stabilised water supply to the South Hills area since mid-March 2022 and also allowed Rand Water to stabilise levels of water at the servoir l at the Meyershill reservoir.

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05 May 2022 - NW998

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Basson, Mr LJ to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

Whether the new technology that uses less electricity that was implemented by Bloem Water is still in use; if not, why not; if so, what (a)(i) is the cost of the new technology, (ii) have been the savings due to the new technology (aa) in each month and (bb) since the technology was implemented and (iii) is the running cost of the technology and (b) are the relevant details of the new technology works?

Reply:

Bloem Water was the first water board to implement the 96KW Conduit Hydro Power in the country on 31 March 2015. The new technology (Hydro Power) is still operational and in use.

(a) (i) The total cost for the project was R 3.5 million.

(ii) (aa) The average electricity savings a month are estimated at R30 000.00. The savings vary due to the seasonal demand for electricity

(bb) An estimated R2.5 million has been saved in the last seven years of running the generator. The only time the Bloem Water had to replace the generator on the turbine was in 2017 at a cost of R20 000. Other than that, the yearly budget for operation and maintenance of the generator is R40 000.

(iii) Bloem Water budgets R40 000 annually for both electrical and mechanical maintenance. Other than that, there are no other costs as the generator depends on the potable water supplied by the Bloem Water’s Welbedacht Water Treatment Works to its main Brandkop reservoir.

(b) This water passes through the turbine via a re-routed pipeline to generate electricity before it goes

back into the main reservoir. The project was initiated by Bloem Water and completed in conjunction with key stakeholders, including the Water Research Commission (WRC)and the University of Pretoria (UP). The second phase of this project is currently ongoing which will see the extension of the project to the Bloem Water’s Uikyk Reservoir. This site has a potential of an energy output of 300KW.

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05 May 2022 - NW756

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Komane, Ms RN to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

Which measures has his department put in place to ensure that the residents of Makolokwe in Rustenburg Local Municipality have clean, drinkable water, as they have been without such water since last year?

Reply:

The Department of Water and Sanitation has allocated R15 million, through Water Services Infrastructure Grant (WSIG), for the Makolokwe Water Supply Project. This project is intended to connect to the water supply pipeline from Glencor Mines, which is still under negotiation.

The design of the pipeline and connection is completed, and tender document is ready for the construction. The anticipate commencement of construction is May 2022, the projected completion date is August 2022.

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05 May 2022 - NW997

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Basson, Mr LJ to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1) What (a) is the current progress of the project to expand the Madibeng Water Treatment Plant that has been delayed for years and (b) is the (i) projected and (ii) budgeted cost of the project; (2) (a) on what date is it envisaged that the current phase of the project of 20ML will be completed and (b) what will happen to the second phase of 20ML of the project?

Reply:

1(a) The current progress on the upgrade of the Madibeng Water Treatment Works is at 73% towards completion.

b (i) The project cost for the project is R750 million.

(ii) The allocated cost for the financial year 2022/23, is R103 million.

2 (a) The project is being implemented in a phased approach. It is anticipated that phase 2 of the upgrade of the Water treatment Plant will be completed by April 2023.

(b) The current phase of the project is still under construction and is anticipated to be completed by April 2023. The next phase of the project is under planning and will be implemented in partnership with the Sibanye Stillwater Mine. It is anticipated that phase 3 of the project commence in May 2023 and be completed by May 2024.

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05 May 2022 - NW1302

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Brink, Mr C to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

Whether she has been advised that many households in the formalised Section D of Botshabelo in Ward 38 of the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality still use bucket toilets and that the toilets are not serviced by the municipality on a regular basis; if not, what action does she intend to take in this regard in terms of section 154(1) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, to assist the municipality to provide the households with access to flush toilets; if so, what measures are being taken by local, provincial and national government to provide the specified households with access to flush toilets?

Reply:

The Department does not fund Metropolitan Municipalities for water and sanitation programmes since such municipalities receive the Urban Settlement Development Grant (USDG) from the Department of Human Settlements (DHS).

The USDG is intended to fund programmes related to the Built Environment for the provision of basic municipal services, including water and sanitation infrastructure.

The Department of Water and Sanitation engaged with Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality (MMM) about short-medium term plans towards the eradication of bucket toilets in Section C of Botshabelo in Ward 32 and obtained the following report:

  • Botshabelo is affected by bulk sanitation constraints. The main outfall sewer needs an upgrade at an estimated cost of R60 million. Additionally, the wastewater treatment works needs to be upgraded from its current capacity of 20Ml/d to 40Ml/d at an estimated cost of R380 million.
  • The current hydraulic load at the WWTW is 18ML/d, which means that there is a spare capacity of 2ML/d. The upgrade of the main outfall sewer is expected to be completed by December 2023. The project to eradicate bucket toilets in Botshabelo Section D is planned for the 2022/23 financial year. The current bulk sanitation spare capacity is adequate to accommodate the additional imposed demand caused by the planned upgrade.
  • MMM plans to install an upgradable alternative sanitation solution as a short-term measure to overcome bulk challenges. A budget of R94.5 million has been appropriated for the programme under USDG over the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework period. A total of 5 300 units will be constructed and later converted to a full waterborne system after installation of the bulk infrastructure. The project is at the procurement stage and awaiting the National Treasury directive on procurement matters due to the constitutional court finding on the PPPFA.

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05 May 2022 - NW1301

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Brink, Mr C to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

Whether he has been advised that about 100 households in the formalised Section C of Botshabelo in Ward 32 of the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality still use bucket toilets and that the toilets are not serviced by the municipality on a regular basis; if not, what action does he intend to take in this regard in terms of section 154 (1) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, to assist the municipality to provide the households with access to flush toilets; if so, what measures are being taken by his department to assist the municipality to providethe specified households with access to flush toilets?

Reply:

The Department does not fund Metropolitan Municipalities for water and sanitation programmes since such municipalities receive the Urban Settlement Development Grant (USDG) from the Department of Human Settlements (DHS). The USDG is intended to fund programmes related to the Built Environment for the provision of basic municipal services, including water and sanitation infrastructure.

The Department of Water and Sanitation engaged with Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality (MMM) about short-medium term plans towards the eradication of bucket toilets in Section C of Botshabelo in Ward 32 and obtained the following report:

  • Botshabelo is affected by bulk sanitation constraints. The main outfall sewer needs an upgrade at an estimated cost of R60 million. Additionally, the wastewater treatment works needs to be upgraded from its current capacity of 20Ml/d to 40Ml/d at an estimated cost of R380 million.
  • The current hydraulic load at the WWTW is 18ML/d, which means that there is a spare capacity of 2ML/d. The upgrade of the main outfall sewer is expected to be completed by December 2023. The project to eradicate bucket toilets in Botshabelo Section C is planned for the 2022/23 financial year. The current bulk sanitation spare capacity is adequate to accommodate the additional imposed demand caused by the planned upgrade.
  • MMM plans to install an upgradable alternative sanitation solution as a short-term measure to overcome bulk challenges. A budget of R94.5 million has been appropriated for the programme under USDG over the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework period. A total of 5 300 units will be constructed and later converted to a full waterborne system after installation of the bulk infrastructure. The project is at the procurement stage and awaiting the National Treasury directive on procurement matters due to the constitutional court finding on the PPPFA.

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05 May 2022 - NW1285

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Weber, Ms AMM to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)Given the shocking destruction of the river ecology at the Wilge and Olifants Rivers in eMalahleni, Mpumalanga (details furnished), and the visit by his department at the Kromdraai Mine on Monday 14 March 2022 where there was a leak from a concrete seal filled with acid drainage mine water, what (a) are the reasons for the catchment management agencies not being in place for all the major catchment areas like Inkomati Usuthu Catchment Management agency, (b) are the names of all catchment management agencies that are being operationalised and (c) is the date on which each catchment management agency is envisaged to be operational; (2) (a) on what date is it envisaged that the Olifants River Catchment Management Agency in Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Limpopo will be in place and (b) what has he found to be the reasons for the agency not being operational yet; (3) whether there are any plans in place to build a wetland downstream from Kromdraai Dam in order to purify the water before it flows into the rivers; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) whether he has found that the existing plant below Kromdraai Mine is active and sufficient; if not, why not; if so, whether he will furnish Ms A M M Weber with the reports of the PH levels, the toxic heavy metals, aluminium and salts like sulphates from which the water is purified?

Reply:

(1)(a) The delay in the establishment of the Catchment Management Agencies (CMAs) has been for several reasons including (a) reconfiguration and realignment of all entities of the Department of Water and Sanitation in accordance with the Presidential report on the rationalisation of public entities; and (b) opposition to the establishment of new Agencies by labour unions as it is seen as privatisation

(1)(b) Breede-Olifants, Inkomati-Pongola, Mkuze-Mtamvuna, Vaal-Orange, Limpopo-Olifants and Mzimvubu-Tsitsikamma Catchment Management Agencies.

(1)(c) The Mkuze-Mtamvuna, Vaal-Orange, Limpopo-Olifants CMAs will be established by April 2023 and the Mzimvubu-Tsitsikamma CMA will be established by April 2024.

(2)(a) It is anticipated that the Olifants River Catchment Management Agency will be operational by April 2023

(2)(b) Due to reasons provided in 1(a) above, the Department changed its approach to the establishment of CMAs.

(3) The submitted action plan of 30 March 2022 proposed a passive treatment system (a wetland DongaLock system which is being evaluated by the Department’s wetland specialists. If approved, the system would be operational by September 2022.

(4) The existing dosing plant below Kromdraai Mine is active but is only partially treating the mine water as the sulphate quality limits are not being met. Measures will be implemented to continue with the improvement of the liming plant to the required design standard.

Regarding whether the department can provide the reports of the PH levels, the toxic heavy metals, aluminium and salts like sulphates to the Member, it should be noted that third party Information can be made available subject to a Promotion of Access to Information Act application.

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21 April 2022 - NW1116

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Basson, Mr LJ to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)Whether his department has any operational plans in place to resolve the infestation of the Hartbeespoort Dam by the water hyacinth plant; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) what is the time frame for (a) cleaning and (b) prevention of the water hyacinth; (3) whether any monitoring mechanisms are in place to monitor the incidence of invasive species at the specified dam; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) what is the mandate of his department in terms of keeping dams and waterways clean and devoid of invasive species?

Reply:

1. The North West Province Department of Economic Development, Environment Conservation and Tourism (DEDECT) and DWS are working together to implement the key components of the Hartbeespoort Dam Integrated Biological Remediation Programme Plan. The Hartbeespoort Dam Action Plan comprising of interventions to address among others, the water hyacinth infestation in the dam. These activities are coordinated through the Hartbeespoort Dam Coordinating Committee (HDCC). Some of the interventions being implemented to control the infestation of the dam are:

  • My department has engaged the services of the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment (DFFE) as the Implementing Agent for the project which is being implemented though the Working for Water Programme.
  • The DFFE has deployed six (6) teams on the dam that are manually removing the water hyacinth plants.
  • The DFFE is also implementing a biocontrol programme on the dam with the assistance of the Rhodes University’s Centre for Biological Control. The Centre for Biological Control (CBC) provides assistance by establishing various biocontrol mass rearing stations around the dam and constantly supplying the biocontrol agents. The biocontrol agents that have been released on the dam, the notable of which is the leaf hopper (Megamellus scutellaris), have been able to reduce the water hyacinth biomass on the dam exponentially. The rapid and significant reduction of water hyacinth has now been proven in two consecutive years.

The HDCC is considering mobilising the fish removal programme on the dam to comply to the AIS regulations promulgated in 2014, as well as section 24 of NEMA and section 70 (1)(a) and section 76 of NEM:BA. The exotic Chinese Carp and invasive Catfish (bottom feeding species), that have become dominant and invasive in the Hartbeespoort dam, need to be reduced and managed to support the indigenous algae eating Tilapia species.

The department will continue implementing the Working for Water Programme over the next 24 months, and thereafter re-assess whether it will still be necessary to continue with the manual removal of the water hyacinth. The biocontrol programme, which has resulted in a significant decrease in water hyacinth for two years in a row, will be continued as a sustainable control method.

2. Additional to the visual recording and monitoring being done by the Working for Water under DFFE and DWS personnel, weekly satellite images are evaluated and interpreted to track the growth patterns. The system used is Sentinel 2A.

3. The DWS is the national custodian for water in South Africa, including the water resource management in the dams. As the owner of the infrastructure, DWS is also legally responsible to control invasive species in the water and on state land. In terms of this responsibility, DWS signed a memorandum of understanding with DFFE to address these liabilities collectively.

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21 April 2022 - NW999

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Basson, Mr LJ to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1) (a) What steps is his department taking to rehabilitate the Wilge River in Mpumalanga where effluent water from an unrehabilitated coalmine is destroying the ecology for a distance of over 55km, (b) what intervention will be put in place to prevent this from happening again and (c) who has been found to be responsible for the disaster. (2) how does his department intend to monitor and protect our rivers, streams and wetlands in the future. (3) what (a) number of other unrehabilitated mines pose a risk of damaging our rivers, (b) are the names of the rivers that are at risk and (c) how does his department intend to deal with this situation?

Reply:

(1)(a) The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) issued a Directive instructing Kwezela Colliery to appoint a suitably qualified environmental consultant to compile a rehabilitation plan for all the areas affected by the pollution incident. The issued Directive also indicated that the rehabilitation plan ought to have clear timeframes and descriptions of how and when each remedial action will be implemented. The company subsequently submitted the draft rehabilitation plan. The DWS has assessed and accepted the rehabilitation plan for implementation.

One of the important aspects that were committed in the draft rehabilitation plan is the ecological restoration of the system. This aspect will be implemented over time as containment or curbing of pollution is prioritised to prevent potential immigration. The DWS is currently monitoring implementation of compliance to the Directive to ensure all reasonable measures are taken to contain and minimise the effects of the incident.

Further, the Kwezela Colliery and the DWS have agreed on the following:

  • The company will appoint an independent qualified environmental consultant as prescribed in the Directive to develop sustainable rehabilitation plan
  • The company will implement remedial measures to minimise and curb pollution, these measures include, amongst others, clean-up of the pollutants from the river system and the removal of fish carcass from the stream
  • The company requested approval from the DWS to release water from Bronkhorspruit and Witbank Dams to assist with the flushing of affected areas and the request was granted
  • Final Rehabilitation Plan will be submitted on or before 30 April 2022

(1)(b) The DWS conducted an investigation after receiving reports of fish kill at Wilge River system. Findings of the investigation revealed that there was a pollution incident that had occurred at Kwezela Colliery on approximately 14 February 2022. The incident was caused by an old Mine shaft that collapsed which led to an overflow of polluted water from the facility into the watercourse. The Department served the facility with a Directive to immediately rectify the contravention. The Department directed the facility to, amongst others:

  • take reasonable measures to contain, minimise the effects of pollution incident,
  • undertake clean-up procedures,
  • remedy the effects of the incident.

The Kwezela Colliery submitted an action plan, and the Department is currently monitoring implementation thereof. The DWS has recently engaged the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) to request the inclusion of criminal investigators from DFFE on the investigative team. The DFFE will therefore be supporting the other government officials, in relation to the criminal investigation, which will determine the criminal liability based on the evidence collected. A decision would then be made by the National Prosecuting Authority on whether or not to prosecute and which parties should be prosecuted.

(1)(c) Kromdraai Mine which is a section of Khwezela Colliery.

(2)(a) The DWS has a compliance monitoring programme to monitor compliance with the conditions of the water use authorisation in terms of water uses including the discharges of water into the water resources. Furthermore, the department has a regular sampling programme which serves as an early warning system to non-compliance or water quality risks.

2(b) The Department has identified and assessed catchments at high risk for acid mine drainage and is developing mitigation plans to proactively manage these aspects.

3(a) The lead authority for mining is the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE). The details on the total number of the un-rehabilitated mines can be obtained from the DMRE.

3(b) Although my department is not the lead authority on un-rehabilitated mines, the DWS is currently in the process of drafting mitigation strategies to address the impacts of Acid Mine Drainage which includes mitigation measures for un-rehabilitated mines which may pose a danger to water resources.

3(c) Until mine closure certificates are obtained, mines are monitored in accordance with their water use authorisation. The department provides comment and input in this process to DMRE. Water use authorisations also include provisions for progressive rehabilitation and mines are monitored in accordance with these provisions.

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21 April 2022 - NW1046

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Tafeni, Ms N to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

In light of the fact that the (a) Buffalo City and (b) Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipalities in the Eastern Cape have been facing water challenges over the past two months, with the water declared unsuitable for human consumption at some stage, what steps has he taken to resolve these problems?

Reply:

The Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality (BCMM) is both the Water Services Authority (WSA) and the Water Services Provider (WSP) in the Buffalo City area. Amatola Water manages bulk infrastructure and provides bulk water into some areas of Buffalo City.

Following the repeated complaints of water outages and water discoloration in East London and surrounding areas; the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) engaged the Metro and undertook site visits to the uMzonyana Water Treatment Works and affected areas.

The following has been done to remedy the situation:

  • The Executive Mayor of the BCMM, has convened a Technical Task Team (TTT) under the leadership of the City Manager, comprising officials of BCMM, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), Amatola Water and co-opted specialists.
  • The technical task team has prepared an action plan to address the concerns against which progress can be monitored.
  • The DWS has further provided five (5) road water tankers for a period of one month to assist with emergency water delivery where reservoirs were empty.
  • The DWS has temporarily lifted water restriction notice for one month to both the Metro and Amatola Water Board to ensure that the system stabilises. However, there is vigorous monitoring of the water use against restricted allocations to avoid system failure.

The primary objective of these interventions is to facilitate co-operation and to ensure that operational glitches are minimised. It is also to ensure that water distribution and reservoir levels can be stabilised and restore confidence in the capacity of the Buffalo City to deliver water services to communities. Both the BCMM and Amatola Water participate in the DWS’ monthly Drought Monitoring Committee for the Amathole Water Supply System.

With regard to the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality (NMBM), the Municipal Health Department, along with municipal Scientific Services found drinking water failures had occurred and issued a boil water notice to their water users. The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) performed its own tests and monitoring to confirm the status of water complaints in Gqeberha, even though these failures were drought related emanating from elevated turbidity caused by low reservoir levels preventing periodic scouring as required. The resultant turbid water failed to comply with the national standard for drinking water quality (SANS 241) necessitating the issuing of a preventative boil water alert. The laboratory analyses indicated the presence of associated higher total coliforms in the areas of contaminated reservoirs but no prevalence of E-coli (which is the general indicator of bacterial and faecal contamination). In addition, there was no indication of the presence of Salmonella typhi which underlines the finding that there was no Typhoid present in the Nelson Mandela drinking water.

The DWS has supported the NMBMM to isolate the Grassridge Temporary Water Treatment Plant from use and to remove the sludge build-up manually. However, the Temporary Water Treatment Works (WTW) needs to be put back into service soon, as the Metro continues to over abstract from the Algoa WSS Dams on the Western Side. The Metro has also increased chlorine dosing at all WTW and all bulk and distribution reservoirs.

The prolonged and severe drought has placed a lot of pressure on the water supply system in the NMBM. In addition, water reservoir levels remain low, and the risk of distribution interruptions is still high. The DWS has facilitated the return to site of the contractor and Implementing Agent, so that Phase 3 of Nooitgedagt-Coega Low Level Scheme can be completed and commissioned without any further delay. This will see an additional 70ML/d of clean water to the existing NMBM system.

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21 April 2022 - NW1049

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Komane, Ms RN to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

Whether his department has any programme and/or plans to eradicate pit toilets in the Free State; if not, why not; if so, what are the details of the programme?

Reply:

The Department does not have a specific program to eradicate pit toilets. The role of the department is to provide financial support to municipalities to enable progressive eradication of pit toilets.

Local water supply and sanitation services are a function over which municipalities have executive authority in terms of section 156 of the Constitution read together with Schedule 4 Part B. However, although municipalities have executive authority, other sections of the Constitution and legislation requires government (national and provincial) to support municipalities and intervene where there is failure of water and sanitation services:

The Water Services Authorities should, on the basis of its Water Services Development Plans (WSDP’s) and Integrated Development Plan (IDP) prioritise the provision of water and sanitation and eradicate sanitation backlogs within communities.

Water Services Authorities have access to the Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MIG) from the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs and or Water Services Infrastructure Grants (WSIG) from the Department of Water and Sanitation to fund such projects. The WSIG and MIG allocations for the Free State Province for the financial year 2022/23 are R393 237 million and R844 877 million respectively.

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19 April 2022 - NW1131

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Basson, Mr LJ to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)Whether he intends to transfer the bulk water services of the Ugu District Municipality to a water board as the water crisis in the specified municipality has been ongoing for the past six years and vast areas of the municipality are currently without water; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details. (2) whether his department is providing any form assistance in order to resolve the Ugu District Municipality water crisis; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. If a water services authority has not effectively performed its water services function, the Minister of Water and Sanitation is able to intervene in terms of Section 63 of the Water Services Act, in consultation with the Minister for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, and by requesting the Province to intervene in terms of section 139 of the Constitution. If the section 139 intervention is unsuccessful, the Minister of Water and Sanitation can assume responsibility for the water services function.

In this regard, in December 2021 the Premier of KwaZulu-Natal established an inter-Ministerial task team to determine the root causes of water supply interruptions in the various supply systems, develop implementable interventions, and monitor the progress made with implementation of the interventions. In addition, a Water Supply Challenges WAR room has been established and meets every week to ensure interventions are implemented and to monitor progress on projects.

In terms of Section 154 of the Constitution, the Department of Water and Sanitation and the Provincial Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs have allocated financial and human resources to support and strengthen the capacity of the Ugu DM to manage their own affairs, exercise powers and perform their functions efficiently.

The Minister of Water and Sanitation is not mandated to transfer the Ugu District Municipality’s bulk water function to a water board. The appointment of a bulk water services provider by the Ugu DM would need to follow the provisions of Section 78 of the Municipal Systems Act.

2. The DWS is providing assistance to the Ugu DM. The DWS is partaking on the Inter-Ministerial Task Team and the WAR room meetings and has allocated funding to the Ugu DM through the Water Services Infrastructure Grant (WSIG). The allocations from the 2021/22 to 2022/23 financial years are as follows:

Financial Year

Amount

2021/22

R72 350 000

2022/23

R60 000 000

2023/24

R70 000 000

Total

R202 350 000

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19 April 2022 - NW619

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Mohlala, Ms MR to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

What is the reason that there is no water for residents in Giyani in Limpopo, despite the R3 billion that his department spent on the water project?

Reply:

The Department initiated the Giyani Water Services intervention in August 2014 with the intention to address water services challenges experienced by the communities in Giyani. The project was initiated as a Ministerial directive to Lepelle Northern Water (LNW) for immediate intervention in Mopani District Municipality (DM) to address water challenges. LNW conducted assessment of water services infrastructure in Giyani and initiated the following interventions:

  • Refurbishment of existing water and sanitation infrastructure, including pump stations, repairs of leaking pipes and reservoirs, borehole development and installation of package plant for immediate supply to social facilities (Nkhensani Hospital)
  • Construction of 1.5 Ml/d Wastewater Treatment Works (WWTW) to augment existing Giyani WWTW
  • Revitalization of 154 boreholes to augment water supply in 55 villages around Giyani
  • Replacement of about 325 km of inefficient bulk pipelines that supply water to 55 villages around Giyani

        

In 2019, LNW terminated contracts with Professional Service and the Turnkey service provider for Giyani Water services. At that stage, progress on the pipeline was reported to be 50% complete by LNW but was later verified by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) to be 35%. Similarly, the additional works were reported to be 92% complete, but subsequent investigations by the DWS indicated that the project progress was 48%.

 

The DWS is intervening to ensure completion of the project and ensure that the residents have access to potable water. The following is being done to fast track the project:

  • The Nandoni-Nsami pipeline is being constructed by a contactor with a new PSP as the Engineer to transfer raw water from the Nandoni Dam to the Nsami WTW and progress is at 38% complete
  • The additional works are being completed by the DWS Construction unit with the new PSP as Engineer with assistance from LNW for procurement of materials
  • The Nandoni to Nsami pipeline will be a raw water pipeline which will join the existing canal
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  • The supply to the Malamulele area will be potable water supplied via the Mavambe pipeline
  • Refurbishment of the existing Nsami Water Treatment Works at the Nsami dam to operate at design capacity to increase water supply to Giyani villages
  • Villages in Giyani will be further served by water from Nwamwitwa Dam when it comes online
  • The Mopani DM will be assisted to take advantage of unspent Water Services Infrastructure Grant allocations to extend reticulation in the villages and synchronize with completed sections of the pipeline

 

The DWS will has deployed an experienced Engineer in the capacity of a Chief Director to provide effective project management support to LNW and assist in the decision making on the project. An escalation route for unresolved challenges has been established to the Director General and the Minister to intervene.

19 April 2022 - NW751

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Langa, Mr TM to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

By what date will clean running water be provided to the community of Thohoyandou in Limpopo, where ongoing sanitation issues are being experienced across the region?

Reply:

The Vhembe District Municipality (DM) is both the Water Services Authority (WSA) and the Water Services Provider (WSP) that provides water to Thohoyandou.

The Vhembe DM provides water to Thohoyandou and surrounding areas through:

  • The Vondo Water Treatment Works is located at Phiphidi supplies water to various communities including Golgota, Thoyandou Units D and G.
  • The Nandoni-Thohoyandou pipeline (NR6) supplies water to the following areas: Thohoyandou P East and West, the Thohoyandou CBD, Thohoyandou Units F, J, K, L, M, N, and University of Venda.

It should be noted that the Vhembe DM is in the process of upgrading the Vondo WTW from 52ML/d to 75ML/d to meet the current and future demand for water in Thohoyandou. The project has been allocated R334 258 638.00 through the Municipal Infrastructure Grant. An allocation of R534 322 941.46 has also been set aside for maintenance of the plant. The project commenced on 10 May 2018 and is expected to be completed by 30 June 2022.

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06 April 2022 - NW177

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Julius, Mr J to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

Whether he and/or his department ever received correspondence from a certain political organisation (details furnished), via email, WhatsApp, hardcopy and/or in any other format of which the original file is dated June 2020; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) on what date was the specified correspondence received, (b) who was the sender of the correspondence and (c) what steps were taken by his department in this regard?

Reply:

Neither the Office of the Minister not the Department of Water and Sanitation received the correspondence referred to in the question posed by the Honourable Member.

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06 April 2022 - NW542

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Krumbock, Mr GR to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

What is the (a) make, (b) model, (c) year of manufacture, (d) price and (e) purchase date of each vehicle purchased for use by (i) him and (ii) the deputy minister since 29 May 2019?

Reply:

(a) Official

(b) Make

(c) Model

(d) Year of Manufacture

(e) Purchase Price

Date Purchased/ ordered

Status

Deputy Minister Magadzi (PTA)

BMW

X3

2021

R799 563.97

11 Oct 2021

Delivered

Deputy Minister Magadzi (CT)

Lexus

UX 250 Hybrid SE

2021

R735 004.10

19 Nov 2021

Ordered

Deputy Minister Mahlobo (PTA)

Audi A6

40TDI 140 KW S Tronic

2021

R 698 133.00

19 Nov 2021

Ordered

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06 April 2022 - NW444

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Buthelezi, Ms SA to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

What are the (a) current unfinished water and sanitation infrastructure projects in each province, (b) reasons for the delays in the completion of the specified projects, (c) proposed and/or implemented interventions and (d) projected completion dates of the projects?

Reply:

Projects that are incomplete are indicated in Annexure A below as follows;(a) grant funded projects, (b) augmentation projects and, (c) the bucket eradication projects.

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ANNEXURE A:

PROVINCE

PROJECT

REASON FOR NON- ACHIEVEMENT

RECOVERY PLAN

PROJECTED COMPLETION DATE

Grant funded projects

Eastern Cape

Xhora BWS phase 1 of 2 (Weir, WTW, dam Bulk pipeline)

Shortage of material available coupled with delays in resolving SMME appointments and delays in approval of concrete mix design caused delays in project completion.

  • To speed up the process of procuring material, an SMME desk has been established and appointment process to go ahead with finalisation of concrete mix design.

December 2022

 

Sundays river (Paterson) BWS phase 6 of 6

The purchase order of the Professional Service Person’s (PSP) was depleted, and the PSP suspended.

The Contractor cannot work without the supervision of the PSP and has been off site since 14 September 2020

  • Amatola Water is currently in the process of rectifying the issue of the PSP’s purchase order. Once this process is done, a formal process will be followed to get the contractor back to site and continue with the work.

June 2023

Free State

Rouxville/ Smithfield / Zastron BWS (Mohokare BWS)

Hydro – Tech new Mechanical Contractor has not commenced with their scope of work due to the required process of assessing the existing equipment and components prior to commencing with the works

  • MLM has finalized the assessment of the equipment scope of work for the new contractor.

April 2022

Mpumalanga

Driekoppies Phase 1C of 5

Graves were found on site which resulted in the relocation of the reservoir. This required re-design exercise

Some materials were imported and were affected by the COVID 19 lockdown restrictions

  • A revised program was submitted and an extension of time due to additional scope

July 2022

 

Sibange Phase 2 of 5

Delays due to community unrest and heavy rains

  • Contractors are back on site and acceleration plan will be implemented to catch up and complete the project

September 2022

 

Sibange Phase 4 of 5

Delays due to community unrest and heavy rains

  • Contractors are back on site and acceleration plan will be implemented to catch up and complete project.
  • New method of sealing the reservoirs after the rainfall is being implemented

May 2022

 

Sibange Phase 5 of 5

Delays due to community unrest and heavy rains

  • Contractors are back on site and acceleration plan will be implemented to catch up and complete project

April 2022

 

Balfour/Siyathemba RBWS Phase 2 of 6

Delays due to rainfall, non-payment to suppliers and community unrests

  • Community issues have been addressed and budget made available to pay service providers. The Contractor will provide acceleration plan to catch up for the time lapsed.

May 2022

 

Balfour/ Siyathemba Phase 3 of 6

  • Community unrest due to employment demands
  • Land servitude unavailability issues
  • Hard Material encountered during excavations
  • The Municipality has intervened, and community issues were resolved successfully
  • The Compensation for the Land has been finalised

May 2022

Augmentation projects

KZN

Raising of Hazelmere Dam

  • Unforeseen technical challenges during dam construction
  • Delays in procurement of critical instrumentation for the dam
  • The site was handed back to contractor in October 2021 and the site establishment was completed in December 2021.
  • Critical instrumentation procurement and installation included in scope of contractor

October 2022 (completion of construction)

 

Cwabeni OCS Dam KZN

  • Lack of funding
  • The Minister issued a Directive to Umgeni Water to fund and implement the project.
  • Umgeni Water has submitted a draft Implementation Agreement for consideration by DWS.

TBC

 

Stephen Dlamini Dam

  • Lack of funding
  • The Minister issued a Directive to Umgeni Water to fund and implement the Stephen Dlamini Dam project.
  • Umgeni Water has submitted a draft Implementation Agreement for consideration by DWS.

TBC

 

Umkhomazi Water Project (UWP) - Phase 1

  • Delay in finalising Water Supply Agreements
  • The Heads of Agreement for the Water User Agreement have been drafted and negotiations are ongoing.
  • Funding of R60 million has been transferred to TCTA for project preparation activities.\
  • The Project Steering Committee is in place

2028

Western Cape

Raising of Clanwilliam Dam

  • Delays in procurement outsourced services and goods
  • Previous funding constraints
  • Process for resumption of construction activities has been initiated
  • Establishment of an Infrastructure Procurement Office to unlock procurement challenges

Apr 2026

(to be revised on resumption of construction activities)

Eastern Cape

Mzimvubu Water Project

  • Long-term funding for the project not assured
  • Delays in procurement outsourced services and goods
  • Challenges with obtaining the project documentation from the professional service provider
  • The processing of tenders for the procurement of construction materials is underway
  • Alternative options are being considered for the completion of construction of the access roads

TBC

North West

Mokolo Crocodile Water Augmentation Project- Phase 2 (MCWAP-2A)

  • Impact of delay in the Environmental Authorisations appeal decision on project activities
  • Delay in procurement of project and support services
  • Delay in finalisation of tender design due to delay in appointment of Panel of Experts
  • The Implementation Agreement has been signed and the Water Supply Agreements are being finalised.

April 2028

Limpopo Province

Great Letaba Water Augmentation Project (GLEWAP): Nwamitwa Dam

  • Insufficient funding for project implementation
  • Outstanding sign-off on design work undertaken under LNW as the Implementing Agent such as the dam boundary line.
  • Project activities to be planned as per the availability of funding and in stages
  • Engagement with previous IA to unlock impasse with regards to outstanding dam boundary line

TBC

 

Olifants River Water Resources Development Project- Phase 2D

(ORWRDP-2D)

  • Due to funding limitations, a strategic decision was taken by DWS to re-sequence the project and project implementation will need to be reviewed. A Memorandum of Intent (MOI) was signed between DWS and Commercial Users Consortium.
  • Project to be deferred as per new implementation approach

Project deferred

TBC

 

Olifants River Water Resources Development Project- Phase 2E & 2F

(ORWRDP-2E & F)

  • Due to funding limitations, a strategic decision was taken by DWS to re-sequence the project and project implementation will need to be reviewed. A Memorandum of Intent (MOI) was signed between DWS and Commercial Users Consortium.
  • Project to be deferred as per new implementation approach (ORWRDP 2E)
  • ORWRDP 2F to form part of the re-sequencing implementation model

2E deferred

2F -TBC

TBC

 

Raising of Tzaneen Dam

  • Delay in conclusion of design work with previous Implementing Agent and application for licence to construct which is required for construction to commence
  • The appointment of a new IA was approved on 17 Feb 2022.
  • The establishment of a Project Management Office as well as the commencement of construction will start as soon as the process to appoint the Implementing Agent is finalised.

June 2023

(to be revised on resumption of construction activities)

Eastern Cape

Coerney Dam

  • Delays in procurement of professional service provider
  • The Coerney Dam project was declared by the Minister as an Emergency Works on 10 July 2020 to enable the detailed design to be undertaken in parallel with the environmental impact assessment process.
  • DWS Internal Engineering Unit was appointed on 08 October 2020 to undertake the detailed design on the project and is in the process of procuring an external professional service provider to undertake the engineering design work.

Dec 2025

 

Zalu Dam (Lusikisiki)

  • Delays in procurement of specialist services
  • Lack of sufficient funding for the implementation of the project
  • The design work is approximately 40% complete.
  • Process for procurement of specialist services is currently underway
  • Funding to advance the design work has been provided in the 2021 MTEF.

TBC

 

Foxwood Dam

  • Lack of funding
  • The process of appointing Chief Directorate: Engineering Services for the provision of engineering services for the project has been initiated
  • Funding to advance the design work has been provided in the 2022 MTEF.

TBC

Western Cape

Berg River Voëlvlei Augmentation Scheme (BRVAS)

  • Delay in securing funding
  • Delay in finalising Water Supply Agreements
  • TCTA is continuing with stakeholder consultations to conclude the institutional arrangements.
  • Funding of R75 million has been transferred to TCTA for project preparation activities.

TBC

Bucket Eradication Project

Free State

Ficksburg

  • Contractor appointed in March 2021, however, took site in June 2021 after review of the Engineering Designs
  • Revised Construction Programme submitted and will be monitored accordingly.

March 2023

 

Clocolan

  • Contractor appointed in March 2021, however, took site in June 2021 after review of the Engineering Designs
  • Revised Construction Programme submitted and will be monitored accordingly.

March 2023

 

Senekal

  • DWS Construction appointed – delays in acquisition of material through local tenders (however service providers are non-responsive, and this has delayed construction activities)
  • Revised Construction Programme submitted and will be monitored accordingly.

March 2023

 

Reitz

  • Contractor appointed took site in July 2021, after review of the Engineering Designs
  • Revised Construction Programme submitted and will be monitored accordingly.

March 2023

 

Petrus Steyn

  • Contractor appointed took site in July 2022, after review of the Engineering Designs
  • Revised Construction Programme submitted and will be monitored accordingly.

March 2023

 

Arlington

  • Contractor appointed took site in September 2022 (re-advertisement of tender), after review of the Engineering Designs
  • Revised Construction Programme submitted and will be monitored accordingly.

March 2023

 

Dealesville

  • Contractor appointed took site in September 2022 (re-advertisement of tender), after review of the Engineering Designs
  • Revised Construction Programme submitted and will be monitored accordingly.

March 2023

Northern Cape

Campbell

  • Contractor appointed in December 2022 however, appointment found to be irregular and will be terminated. A new contractor to b sourced and appointed within 2 months.
  • A new contractor will be sourced and appointed within the next 3 months.

March 2023

05 April 2022 - NW896

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Marais, Mr EJ to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

What (a) is the total number of incidents of (i) sexual harassment and (ii) sexual assault that were reported in his department (aa) in each of the past three financial years and (bb) since 1 April 2021, (b) number of cases (i) were opened and concluded, (ii) were withdrawn and (iii) remain open or pending based on the incidents and (c) sanctions were meted out against each person who was found guilty?

Reply:

To date, there are no sexual harassment cases that are pending. For the past three financial years, only one case was reported, which has since been withdrawn.

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05 April 2022 - NW811

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Basson, Mr LJ to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)(a) By what date will the work on the 4km feeder canal into the Brandvlei Dam near Worcester be completed, (b) what will be the cost of the work done on the feeder canal and (c) what will be the volume of water increase; (2) whether there will be further upgrades on the dam; if not, why not; if so, on what date?

Reply:

1.  (a) The projected date of completion for the project is 22 November 2022.

(b) The total budgeted cost for the project is R21 065 353.73.

(c) 33 million mᶾ of additional water will be stored after completion of the project

(2) The dam safety rehabilitation programme for Kwaggaskloof Dam which forms part of Greater Brandvlei Scheme will commence in the 2022/23 financial year.

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