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28 June 2017 - NW999

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

(1)Whether her department has put any operational plans in place to address the infestation of hyacinth plants at the Roodeplaat Dam; if not, why not; if so, what (a) are the full details of the operational plans and (b) is the timeframe for cleaning and prevention of hyacinth; (2) whether any monitoring mechanisms have been put in place to monitor the incidence of any other invasive species at the specified dam; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether her department issued any legal mandates to keep dams and waterways clean and devoid of invasive species; if not, what is the position in each case; if so, in each case, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1) Working for Water: Department of Environmental Affairs (WfW: DEA) has been actively involved with the controlling and eradicating invasive weeds in Roodeplaat Dam and has developed a plan to realise this. From 2007 to 2010, the level of weeds has been reduced from 100% to about 5% through their interventions. Working for Water has spent more than R4 million towards this. Furthermore, Working for Water is providing herbicides to land owners through Department of Public Works office on site to control invasive species. Refer to Annexure A for the Strategic Plan.

(2) Monitoring is done by the project manager for Working for Water in the Department of Environmental Affairs.

(3) My Department has developed Resource Management Plans for management of Access and Use of State Dams. As part of the plan it is proposed that for each dam, that has boating recreational use, the Department should build a washbay to wash the boats from other dams to controls and contain invasive weeds. Moreover my Department is currently finalising Regulations for Access and the Use of State Dams.

Furthermore, land owners are mandated by NEMBA (National Environmental Management Biodiversity Act 10 of 2004) together with the Alien and Invasive Species Regulations that came to effect on 1 October 2014, which both give the responsibility to the land owners to develop management plans to control and eradicate invasive species including the budget to realise the above. To this effect, there is a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Department of Environmental Affairs and my Department to map out how this should be achieved. Continuing engagements are in place to this effect. Refer to Annexure B for the signed MoU.

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28 June 2017 - NW1563

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

(1)What are the full details of each contract awarded by the Trans Caledon Tunnel Authority (a) in each of the past three financial years and (b) since 1 April 2017, in each case specifying (i) the name and (ii) cost, (2) (a) did each contract go out on tender, (b) who was awarded each tender, (c) how is each project funded and (d) what is the current status of each project; (3) whether each project complies with the regulations of the Public Finance Management Act, Act 1 of 1999, as amended; if not, in each case, why not?

Reply:

Refer to the table below for the breakdown responses.

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CONTRACTS AWARDED BY TCTA FROM 2014/15, 2015/16 AND 2016/17 FINANCIAL YEARS

  1. (i)

Contract Description

  1. (b)

Date Awarded

2(b)

Contractor/ Supplier

(ii)

Contract Amount

2(a)

Open Tender or Close Tender or Exception

2(c)

Where applicable, How is each project Funded

2 (d)

Status of the project

(3)

Compliance with regulations of the Public Finance Management Act (Yes or No)

Maintenance of UPS System, Generator, Access control and CCTV

Apr-14

M Projects

R 1 044 0000

Single Source recommended for maintenance of the equipment which were installed by the same service provider who was appointed through an open tender process.

Commercial funding which is repaid via water tariffs from the Vaal River System

Current

Yes

Construction of AMD facilities at Eastern Basin

May-14

CMC-PG JV

R 1 122 241 835.91

Open Tender

Commercial funding which is repaid via water tariffs from the Vaal River System and 67% refundable from the fiscus

Complete

Yes

Audio Visual Equipment

May-14

Sumsung Business Solutions

R 1 620 000.00

Single Source for maintenance of the equipment which were installed by the same service provider who was appointed through an open tender process.

Commercial funding which is repaid via water tariffs from the Vaal River System

Current

Yes

Land Valuation Services for Sludge Disposal for the Central Basin, Eastern and Western Basin

Jun-14

Griffiths Valuations

R 185 811.25

Single Source from the database which was set up after an open tender process.

Commercial funding which is repaid via water tariffs from the Vaal River System

Complete

Yes

Independent Environmental Auditor for AMD Eastern basin

Sep-14

EP3

R 179 013.33

Quotation Process

Commercial funding which is repaid via water tariffs from the Vaal River System and 67% refundable from the fiscus

Complete

Yes

Disaster Recovery Services

Sep-14

Continuity South Africa

R 2 870 008.34

Single Sourcing

Commercial funding which is repaid via water tariffs from the Vaal River System

Expired

Yes

Health and Safety Consultant at AMD Eastern basin

Oct-14

Nemai Consulting

R 417 764.40

Open Tender

Commercial funding which is repaid via water tariffs from the Vaal River System and 67% refundable from the fiscus

Complete

Yes

Mobile Phone Services

Dec-14

Vodacom

R 3 320 955.40

Single Source-negotiated route after failure of a close tender process.

Commercial funding which is repaid via water tariffs from the Vaal River System

Current

Yes

Operation and Maintenance for AMD facilities at Central Basin

Jan-15

Group Five

R 215 863 561.66

Contract extension.

Commercial funding which is repaid via water tariffs from the Vaal River System and 67% refundable from the fiscus

Complete

Yes

Construction of AMD facilities at Western Basin

Jan-15

Group Five

R 92 000 000.00

Single Source, followed after the open tender process failed.

Commercial funding which is repaid via water tariffs from the Vaal River System and 67% refundable from the fiscus

Current

Yes

Appointment of Corporate Insurance Service provider

Feb-15

GIB Insurance Brokers

R 102 444.00

Open Tender

Commercial funding which is repaid via water tariffs from the Vaal River System

Current

Yes

Treasury Management System

Jun-15

Fikon

R 6 131 034,00

Open Tender

Commercial funding which is repaid via water tariffs from the Vaal River System

Current-implementation

Yes

Rental of Multi-Function Printing Devices for 36 Months

Dec-15

Konica Minolta

R 3 848 349.70

Open Tender

Commercial funding which is repaid via water tariffs from the Vaal River System

Current

Yes

SCM, Financial Accounting System

Jan-16

ICT Works

R 15 170 305.98

Open Tender

Commercial funding which is repaid via water tariffs from the Vaal River System

Current

Yes

HRM System

Jan-16

ICT Works

R 6 270 000.00

Single sourcing followed after the open tender process failed.

Commercial funding which is repaid via water tariffs from the Vaal River System

Current

Yes

Short term operation and maintenance of AMD Central basin

Apr-16

Intelligent Water Solutions (IWS)

R 55 146 662,91

Single Source

Commercial funding which is repaid via water tariffs from the Vaal River System and 67% refundable from the fiscus

Current- open tender process underway.

Yes

Operation and maintenance of AMD facilities at Eastern Basin

Aug-16

CMC-PG JV

R 80 000 000.00

Contract extension to provide operations and maintenance services to allow conclusion of an open tender process.

Commercial funding which is repaid via water tariffs from the Vaal River System and 67% refundable from the fiscus

Current

Yes

Procurement of pool vehicles

Jan-17

Nissan

R 498 914.03

National Treasury Transversal Contract

Commercial funding which is repaid via water tariffs from the Vaal River System

Once-off.

Yes

Psychometric Assessments

Feb-17

Work Dynamics

R 982 708.76

Open Tender

Commercial funding which is repaid via water tariffs from the Vaal River System

Current

Yes

Travel Management Service

Mar-17

Travel With Flair

Management fee (R 7 000 000.00)

Open Tender

Commercial funding which is repaid via water tariffs from the Vaal River System

Extended by six months until September 2017

Yes

Travel Management Services

Mar-17

Gemini

Management fee (R 4 400 000.00)

Open Tender

Commercial funding which is repaid via water tariffs from the Vaal River System

Extended by six months until September 2017

Yes

Total Soft Services Contract for facilities Management

Mar-17

Afri Services

R 7 395 031.02

Open Tender

Commercial funding which is repaid via water tariffs from the Vaal River System

 On going

Yes

VAT Consulting Services

Mar-17

PWC

R 160 000.00

Single Source

Commercial funding which is repaid via water tariffs from the Vaal River System

On-going.

Yes

28 June 2017 - NW1511

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Rabotapi, Mr MW to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

Whether (a) her department and (b) each entity reporting to her procured any services from and/or made any payments to (i) a certain company (name furnished) or (ii) any other public relations firms; if not, in each case, why not; if so, in each case, what (aa) services were procured, (bb) was the total cost, (cc) is the detailed breakdown of such costs, (dd) was the total amount paid, (ee) was the purpose of the payments and (ff) is the detailed breakdown of such payments?

Reply:

Neither My Department nor Entities reporting to me have procured any services from and/or made any payment to Bell Pottinger or any other public relations firms.

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28 June 2017 - NW1242

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Steyn, Ms A to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

Whether (a) her department and (b) each entity reporting to her has (i) procured any services from and/or (ii) made any payments to the Decolonisation Foundation; if not, in each case, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (aa) services were procured, (bb) were the total costs, (cc) is the detailed breakdown of the costs, (dd) was the total amount paid, (ee) was the purpose of the payments and (ff) is the detailed breakdown of the payments in each case?

Reply:

Neither my Department nor each entity reporting to me has procured or made payments to the Decolonisation Foundation.

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REPLY:

 

Entity (b)

(b) (i)

(b) (ii)

(aa)

(bb)

(cc)

(dd)

(ee)

(ff)

Amatola Water

No

No

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Bloem Water

No

No

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Lepelle Water

               

Magalies Water

No

No

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Mhlathuze Water

No

No

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Overberg Water

No

No

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Rand Water

No

No

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Sedibeng Water

No

No

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Umgeni Water

No

No

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

TCTA

No

No

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

WRC

No

No

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Inkomati-Usuthu CMA

No

No

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Brede-Gouritz CMA

No

No

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

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28 June 2017 - NW1172

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

Whether, with reference to the declaration of Eastleigh as a disaster area by the Premier of Gauteng, her department has applied for disaster funding in order to repair the Eastleigh solute channel damaged by flooding on 9 November 2016 in the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality in Gauteng; if not, why not; if so, (a) what is the total amount that has been applied for, (b) on what date was the application submitted and (c) what is the outcome of the application?

Reply:

No, my Department did not apply for disaster funding in order to repair the Eastleigh solute channel damaged by flooding on 09 November 2016 in the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality (EMM).

Requesting the Honourable Member to refer the question to the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, who is in a better position to respond to issues relating to the application for disaster funding in order to repair the Eastleigh solute channel damaged by flooding on 9 November 2016 in the EMM in Gauteng.

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28 June 2017 - NW1171

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

(a) When last was the Eastleigh solute channel in the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality in Gauteng, which was damaged by flooding on 9 November 2016, maintained and (b) what amount was paid towards the maintenance?

Reply:

Requesting the Honourable Member to refer the question to the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, who is in a better position to respond to issues relating to the maintenance and cost of maintenance of the Eastleigh solute channel in the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality in Gauteng

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28 June 2017 - NW1059

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

(1)Whether any probity checks were conducted in respect of the appointment of candidates to Mhlathuze Water Board prior to its establishment in the 2009-10 financial year; if not, why not; if so; (2) were any candidates red-flagged; if so, (a) what were their names, (b) what are the reasons for red-flagging them and (c) what action has been taken?

Reply:

(1) Yes, probity checks were conducted in respect of appointment of candidates to Mhlathuze Water Board prior to its establishment.

(2) No candidates were red flagged.

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28 June 2017 - NW1058

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Majola, Mr TR to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

Whether the Public Protector conducted an investigation into Mhlathuze Water in the period 1 January 2008 to 31 December 2010; if so, (a) what was the purpose of the investigation and (b) on what date will the final report be available to the public?

Reply:

No, the Public Protector did not conduct an investigation on Mhlathuze Water Board during the period 01 January 2008 to 31 December 2010.

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28 June 2017 - NW1057

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Majola, Mr TR to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

Whether a water use licence was issued to WPB Colliery for coal mining in Mpumalanga between 2010 and 2016; if not, why not; if so, was a full environmental impact assessment report made available to her department to consider the possible impact on the Elands River and Crocodile River?

Reply:

Yes, a water use license was issued to WPB Colliery on the 04 October 2015. Yes, an Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Management Report compiled by M2 Environmental Connections dated June 2012, was considered during the assessment of this application.

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28 June 2017 - NW1056

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Majola, Mr TR to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)Whether water use licences were issued to certain companies (names furnished) for the mining operation (a) in the Wakkerstroom area and/ (b) in any other area in the GertSibande District in Mpumalanga; if so, on what date was the water use licence issued in each case; (2) whether a full environmental impact assessment was conducted prior to the issuing of each water use licence; if so, what are the full relevant details of the report?

Reply:

(1)(a) Yes, a licence was issued for Atha-Africa Ventures on the 07 July 2016. The property where the activity will take place is in a mining area located 58 km South West of Piet Retief within the Pixley Ka Seme Local Municipality which falls within Gert Sibande District Municipality in Mpumalanga in the W51A quaternary Catchment.

(1)(b) There are no records of any authorisation issued to Bashubile Trust.

(2) Yes, an Environment and Social Impact Assessment Report and Environmental and Social management Programme: Yzermyn Underground Coal Mine, EcoPartners, January 2015 was submitted with the application.

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28 June 2017 - NW1055

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Baker, Ms TE to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation:

(1) Whether water use licences were issued to certain companies (names furnished) for the mining operation (a) in the Wakkerstroom area and/ (b) in any other area in the GertSibande District in Mpumalanga; if so, in each case, (i) on what date was the licence issued and (ii) for which area was the licence granted; (2) whether the specified areas are protected in accordance with the National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act, Act 57 of 2003; (3) whether there is any risk of water contamination of the water sources in the specified area as a result of such mining activity?

Reply:

(1) A licence was issued for Atha-Africa Ventures on the 07 July 2016. The property where the activity will take place is in a mining area located 58 km South West of Pietretief within the Pixley Ka Seme Local Municipality which falls within Gert Sibande District Municipality in Mpumalanga in the W51A quaternary Catchment. There are no records of any authorisation issued to Bashubile Trust.

(2) This property where Atha-Africa Ventures which is Ptn 1 of the farm Yzermine 96 HT has been excluded from the Mabola Protected Environment and the Surface disturbance associated with the activity will be located on the farm.

(3) New technologies, as well as best practice guidelines will be used to ensure that water use is minimal and where possible water is reused or recycled. A plan and engineering designs will be developed to ensure that cut-off Trenches/ open drains and beams separate the 1:100 clean water runoff, from the 1:50 dirty water, to divert clean runoff around the identified operational areas that may pollute water resources. The PCDs will be sized to collect the average Dirty runoff from the mining area as well as the 1:100 24 hour storm event.

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28 June 2017 - NW1053

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Baker, Ms TE to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

Whether the water tribunal has concluded the appeal against the granting of water use licence to a certain company WPB Colliery (Pty) Ltd in Mpumalanga; if not, by what date will the appeal be concluded; if so, will he provide a copy of the resolution to Ms T E Baker?

Reply:

No, the Appellant requested to be furnished with the reasons and documents in compliance with Item 5 (3) of Schedule 6 of the National Water Act, 1998 (Act No. 36 of 1998). That information has since been supplied to the Appellant to afford them the opportunity to supplement, vary or amplify its Appeal if they so wish. The respondent will also be given opportunity to file its Replying Statement. At the end of the exchange of papers the appeal record of proceedings will be submitted to the Chairperson of the Water Tribunal, who may give directives and also provide a date for setting the matter down. The date of finalisation of this matter is dependent on all the parties involved and not my Department alone.

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28 June 2017 - NW1000

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

(1)With reference to her reply to question 2934 on 31 August 2015, (a) why was the Groblersdal Wastewater Treatment Plant in the Greater Sekhukhune District Municipality not completed in December 2015, (b) what steps will her department take to assist with the completion of the plant and (c) what steps did her department take to prevent the current pollution of more than 4ml of sewer flowing into the Olifants River (2) does her department (a) monitor the quality of the water in the Olifants River and (b) provide results, if not, why not in each case?

Reply:

(1)(a)The refurbishment of Groblersdal Waste Water Treatment Works (WWTW) within Sekhukhune District Municipality (DM) was completed in December 2015, however; the practical commissioning of the refurbished work was done during June 2016 and the waste water treatment plan is functional. The waste water treatment occasionally experience breakdown of aerobic mixer due to the plant being overloaded and the contractor who was refurbishing the plant attended to the breakdown as part of retention period.

(1)(b) My Department did not take steps in assisting with completion since both the Sekhukhune DM and Lepelle Northern Water Board did complete the refurbishment work, and is operational. The practical commission was however done in June 2016.

(1)(c) My Department Regional Office: Limpopo visited Groblersdal Waste Water Treatment Works on 10 May 2017 and the following findings were made:

  • Lepelle Northern Water is responsible for the operation of the WWTW. Both the old and the new plant are operated simultaneously. The works was operational however signs of overflow were observed.  According to the official present, this was due to the influx of effluent from the pump station which only started operating on 08 May 2017.
  • A site inspection was also conducted at the pump station which pumps sewerage into the Groblersdal WWTW, which is located in the outskirts of the industrial area. The pump station is managed by Sekhukhune DM and it was not operational for the last 6 months. During the time when it was non-operational, sewage from town was pumped to the pump station via a channel, however the effluent did not reach the WWTW. This led to the effluent being diverted into an unlined emergency pond at the back of the pump station, which may possibly lead to surface and groundwater pollution. Discussions between Lepelle Northern Water and Sekhukhune DM took place, however the problem persisted. According to the official from Lepelle Northern Water the pump station started operating on Monday, 08 May 2017. A Section 19 Notice under the National Water Act, Act 36 of 1998 will be issued to the Sekhukhune DM, as the responsible authority for operation and maintenance of the pump station.

(2) Yes, my Department monitors the quality of the water in the Olifants River. Refer to the Table 1 below which is the summary of the effluent quality discharged by Groblersdal Wastewater Treatment works, downstream and upstream of the Works:

Table 1

Sampling Dates

Variables

General Limits

Upstream of WWTW

Downstream of WWTW

January 2016

pH-Diss-Water

NO3+NO2-N-Diss-Water

PO4-P-Diss-Water

5.5-9.5

15(mg/l)

8 (mg/l)

8.3

0.622(mg/l)

0.01(mg/l)

8.5

0.572(mg/l)

0.01(mg/l)

April 2016

pH-Diss-Water

NO3+NO2-N-Diss-Water

PO4-P-Diss-Water

5.5-9.5

15(mg/l)

8(mg/l)

8.6

0.595(mg/l)

0.01(mg/l)

 

June 2016

pH-Diss-Water

NO3+NO2-N-Diss-Water

PO4-P-Diss-Water

5.5-9.5

15(mg/l)

8(mg/l)

8.4

1.352(mg/l)

0.01(mg/l)

8.2

1.269(mg/l)

0.01(mg/l)

July 2016

pH-Diss-Water

NO3+NO2-N-Diss-Water

PO4-P-Diss-Water

5.5-9.5

15(mg/l)

8(mg/l)

8.1

1.221(mg/l)

0.121(mg/l)

 

August 2016

pH-Diss-Water

NO3+NO2-N-Diss-Water

PO4-P-Diss-Water

5.5-9.5

15(mg/l)

8(mg/l)

8.3

0.804(mg/l)

0.03(mg/l)

7.8

1.168(mg/l)

0.021(mg/l)

September 2016

pH-Diss-Water

NO3+NO2-N-Diss-Water

PO4-P-Diss-Water

5.5-9.5

15(mg/l)

8(mg/l)

8.4

0.783(mg/l)

0.122(mg/l)

 

October 2016

pH-Diss-Water

NO3+NO2-N-Diss-Water

PO4-P-Diss-Water

5.5-9.5

15(mg/l)

8(mg/l)

8.1

3.411(mg/l)

0.01(mg/l)

 

December 2016

pH-Diss-Water

NO3+NO2-N-Diss-Water

PO4-P-Diss-Water

5.5-9.5

15(mg/l)

8(mg/l)

8.4

0.29(mg/l)

0.046(mg/l)

 

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03 May 2017 - NW581

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

(a) What is the total amount owed by her department to the 15 water boards as at 28 February 2017 and (b) in each case, (i) what is the name of the water board owed, (ii) what amount is outstanding and (iii) on what date will the amounts be paid?

Reply:

(a) The total amount owed by the Department to the water boards as at 28 February 2017 amount to R 482 055 862.36

(b) The name of the Water board, amount outstanding and when the amount will be paid is detailed in Annexure A attached.

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03 May 2017 - NW646

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

(1)(a) What is the name of the contractor(s) to whom the contract(s) to raise the wall of the Clanwilliam Dam was awarded, (b) at what cost was the specified contract awarded, (c) on what date will the specified contractor(s) (i) commence and (ii) complete the relevant work and (d) how will her department’s personnel who are currently on the specified site be incorporated into the specified project; (2) (a) what is the total cost of keeping her department’s personnel on the specified site and (b) what number of her personnel are currently employed on site?

Reply:

(1) My Department is still in the process of evaluating and adjudicating the tender bids received for the construction of the raising of Clanwilliam Dam. Further details will only be known once a contractor has been appointed, after completion of the full procurement process.

(2)(a) Refer to the table below for the total cost incurred by Construction South for the month of February 2017 on the specified site is:

Cost element name

February 2017

Direct Labour

1,218,300.34

Overheads

647,548.65

Equipment: ChargeOut Rate

129,441.17

Operating Lease: Land & Building (Accommodation)

269,825.64

Municipality Service

13,252.60

Water & Electricity

24,683.16

S&T KM Claim

31,557.74

Hire of Security Services

175,270.49

Grand Total

2,509,879.79

(2)(b) There is a total of 53 DWS: Construction South personnel, with 13 personnel on contract and 40 permanent employees.

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24 April 2017 - NW580

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

(1)With reference to her department’s comments in a presentation to the Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation on 1 March 2017 that North West still needs support, (a) how will her department assist with the (i) training and (ii) monitoring of workers and (b) on what date will her department commence with training; (2) (a) where did her department withdraw tankers and (b) why were the tankers withdrawn?

Reply:

(1)(a) The Department will assist in registering the process controllers on the Blue Drop System (BDS) for potable water and Green Drop System (GDS) for waste water, both are web-based systems used as regulatory tools by the Department. The process controllers will be registered on the BDS and/ or GDS taking into account their years of experience operating the treatment facilities and relevant qualifications in water or wastewater treatment. Upon completion of the training WSAs will load the recently acquired certificate and the Department approves the process controller to a relevant class based on qualification/s and years of experience and issues a certificate which will indicate the class of a process controller. This will assist in identification of level of compliance of process controllers against the water treatment facilities requirements and further training needed in order for the process controllers to be at the required skills for the treatment facility they operate.

The Local Government Sector Education Training Authority (LG SETA) in collaboration with the Department has just started the process of registering learners (process controllers) in preparation for the implementation of the Recognition of Prior Learning programme for employees working in the water and waste water treatment works.

The programme will be implemented in 7 WSAs, which are Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District Municipality, Madibeng Local Municipality, Moses Kotane Local Municipality, Moretele Local Municipality, Ventersdorp Local Municipality and Kgetlengrivier Local Municipality and City of Matlosana Local Municipality. During 2016/17, the Department piloted a groundwater monitoring training for borehole pump operators in the following three Water Services Authorities: Moretele Local Municipality, Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality and the Madibeng Local Municipality. The training programme has been developed to enhance monitoring of groundwater levels by the Water Services Authorities to ensure continuous availability of groundwater within their area of jurisdiction.

(1)(b) The training is envisaged to start on 01 April 2017.

(2) The Water tankers were withdrawn on the 31 January 2017 from the North West, Free State and Eastern Cape Provinces’ municipalities which were affected by drought.

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19 April 2017 - NW717

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

(1)With reference to her reply to question 1194 on 24 May 2016, (a) what number of the 35 Cuban engineers are still in the employ of her department and (b) on what date will the employment contracts of each specified engineer expire; (2) whether her department has employed any other Cuban nationals since her reply to the specified question; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) what are the current costs of contracting the Cuban engineers in terms of (a) salaries, (b) accommodation, (c) transport costs and (d) any other relevant expenses?

Reply:

(1)(a) Since 1 March 2017, 31 Cubans are still in the employ of my Department. 1 Cuban specialist resigned in April 2016 and the other 3 did not renew their contracts when they expired at the end of February 2017.

(1)(b) Their contracts will expire on 21 December 2017 but I have approved that their contracts should be extended up to 30 June 2018.

(2) My Department has not employed any additional Cuban specialists.

(3) The current costs for the financial year under review (2016/17) of contracting the engineers in terms of the line items requested are as follows:

 

Items

Cost

(3)(a)

Salaries

R 19 132 905.00

(3)(b)

Accommodation

R 6 414 355.00

(3)(c)

Transport Cost

R 5 164 250.00

(3)(d)

Other Expenses (Cell phones, 3Gs and S&T claims)

R 447 080.00

 

TOTAL

R 31 158 590

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19 April 2017 - NW944

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Mbabama, Ms TM to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)Whether there is any position of (a) chief executive officer, (b) chief financial officer and/or (c) chief operating officer that is currently vacant in each entity reporting to her; if so, (i) how long has each specified position been vacant and (ii) what is the reason for each vacancy; (2) have the vacancies been advertised; if so, (a) were interviews done and (b) on what date will the vacancies be filled; (3) (a) what is the total number of persons who are currently employed in the specified positions in an acting capacity, (b) for what period has each person been acting in each position and (c) has any of the specified persons applied for the positions?

Reply:

Refer to Annexure A for positions currently vacant in each entity.

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Annexure A

 

Entity

(1)(a)

(1)(b)

(1)(c)

(1)(i)

(1)(ii)

(2)(a)

(2)(b)

(3)(a)

(3)(b)

(3)(c)

Amatola Water

No

No

No

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Bloem Water

No

No

No

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Lepelle Water

No

No

Yes

Position was created in 2015

Position is earmarked for future expansion (as Regional Water Utility)

No

No

No

No

No

Magalies Water

Yes

No

No

19 months

Term of CEO expired and contract was not renewed

Position has been advertised internally and externally; the interviews are scheduled for April 2017

The recruitment process is expected to be completed in May 2017

Two Executives are appointed on acting capacity, COO acting for CEO, and GM: Engineering for COO

The GM: Corporate Services acted as CEO for 12 months; The COO is currently acting as CEO now for 7months

Information not known. Information is with the Recruitment Agency

Mhlathuze Water

Yes

Yes

No

CE Suspended since November 2015 pending disciplinary enquiry,

Not applicable

No. It's a secondment to Mhlathuze Water from Cogta since June 2016.

Not applicable

1

June 2016.

N/A

     

Yes

COO Incumbent resigned in October 2016

Incumbent resigned in October 2016. Restructuring of the Engineering and Operations Departments

The Chief Operations Officer position has not been advertised as the Engineering and Operations department is being restructured.

Pending restructuring of the Engineering and Operations departments

1

October 2016.

N/A

Overberg Water

Yes

No

No

2 years

The incumbent left the position

Yes

Not known

One

1 year and 10 months

No

Rand Water

No

No

No

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Sedibeng Water

No

No

No

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Umgeni Water

No

No

No

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

TCTA

No

Yes

No

5 months for CE

7 Months for COO

Automatic contract expiry

No

To be filled by November 2017

1

5 months

Recruitment process has not been activated

WRC

No

No

No

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Inkomati CMA

No

No

No

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Breede-Gouritz CMA

No

No

No

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

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19 April 2017 - NW866

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Jooste, Ms K to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

Whether, with reference to her reply to question 208 on 24 February 2017, the assessment that was conducted jointly by Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality and Rand Water has been completed; if not, on what date is it expected that the assessment will be completed; if so, will he provide a full copy of the assessment to Mrs K Jooste?

Reply:

No, the assessment is still in progress and will be completed in May 2017. Once the assessment report is finalised, a full copy will be submitted.

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19 April 2017 - NW849

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Brauteseth, Mr TJ to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

Whether her department has put any training programmes in place for municipal operators of water and waste water treatment works; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The responsibility of training programmes for municipalities is of the Department of Cooperative Governace and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) and not of my Department. However my Department as a custodian of water resources and a sector leader has a significant role to play in supporting local government to fulfill this obligation. In this regard, my Department supported Water Services Authorities (WSAs) in developing the training programme for municipal operators of water and waste water treatment works.

My Department has conducted training needs assessments of water and waste water process controllers with the aim of identifying training gaps and ultimately assisted the Water Services Authorities (WSAs) to submit the funding proposals to the Local Government Sector Education Training Authority (LGSETA).

The programme will be implemented in the following 11 WSAs:

  • Eastern Cape: Alfred Nzo District Municipality and Amathole District Municipality.
  • Limpopo: Capricorn District Municipality and Polokwane Local Municipality.
  • North West: Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District Municipality, Madibeng Local Municipality, Moses Kotane Local Municipality, Moretele Local Municipality, Ventersdorp Local Municipality, Kgetlengrivier Local Municipality and City of Matlosana Local Municipality.

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19 April 2017 - NW848

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Brauteseth, Mr TJ to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)With reference to her department’s acknowledgement that certain areas in the North West still require support, as indicated in her department’s presentation to the Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation on 1 March 2017, (a) how is her department going to support the (i) NgakaModiriMolema and (ii) Dr Ruth Mompati District Municipalities, (b) who will be responsible for the implementation of the support and (c) when will the support commence; (2) whether her department will support the specified district municipalities to address the water crisis caused by the low levels of the Wentzel Dam and declining yields in boreholes; if not, why not; if so, (a) in what ways will her department be supporting the specified district municipalities in this regard, (b) when will the support commence and (c) who will be responsible for the implementation of this assistance

Reply:

Requesting the Honorable Member to refer to the response provided in NA 579 of 10 March 2017.

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19 April 2017 - NW579

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

(1)With reference to her department’s comments in a presentation to the Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation on 1 March 2017 that North West still needs support, (a) how does her department intend to support the (i) Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality and (ii) Dr Ruth Segomotso Mompati District Municipality with the supply of water and sanitation services, (b) who will be responsible for the implementation of the support and (c) when will the implementation commence; (2) (a) how will her department resolve the problem of the (i) empty Wentzel Dam and (ii) lack of funds and (b)(i) when will each specified problem be resolved and (ii) which entity will be responsible for solving each problem?

Reply:

(1)(a)(i) I have issued a directive in terms of Section 41 (1) (a) (ii) of the Water Services Act and Section 73 (1) (d) to Sedibeng Water to carry over the operation and maintenance within the Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality (DM). At the moment, all local municipalities under the Ngaka Modiri Molema DM receive support from Sedibeng Water Board as the Water Service Provider. My Department has also appointed Sedibeng Water Board as the Implementing Agent for implementation of the Regional Bulk Infrastructure Programme and Water Services Infrastructure Programme in support of the provision of water and sanitation service delivery with a budget of R780 Million over the MTEF period.

(1)(a)(ii) My Department has allocated funding to the tune of R1,244 billion under Regional Bulk Infrastructure Programme and the total amount of R 77 million through the Water Services Infrastructure Programme in support of the provision of water and sanitation service delivery in Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati DM over the MTEF period.

(1)(b) My Department has also appointed Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati DM as the Implementing Agent and therefore will be responsible for the implementation of the latter support.

(1)(c) The work is envisaged to commerce in June 2017.

(2)(a)(i) During the financial year 2016/17, my Department through the National Water Resources Infrastructure (Construction West Unit) has rehabilitated the portion of the Wentzel Dam on the foundation for stabilization, fitting of the piece of a steel pipe and couplings to ease the maintenance. This work has already reduced loss of water through redundant structures and leaking valves. Since the dam is currently at full capacity, immediately when the dam level is low, my Department will resume with the removal of the silt in order to increase its capacity .The construction of the bulk pipeline from Bloemhof to augment the water supply in Schweizer Reneke will also commence in 2018 with the intention to complete the project within a year .The project cost on the pipeline is R222 million which will also bring relief to Wentzel Dam.

(2)(a)(ii) In the current financial year 2017/18, my Department has allocated R14 Million under Water Services Infrastructure Grant (WSIG) for the refurbishment of the Water Treatment Works and for the implementation of the Water Conservation and Water Demand Management programme in Schweitzer-Reneke.

(2)(b)(i) The project for the refurbishment of the Water Treatment Works and for the implementation of the Water Conservation and Water Demand Management programme in Schweitzer-Reneke is anticipated to be completed by end of June 2018.

(2)(b)(ii) The Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati as the Water Services Authority and as the Implementing Agent will be responsible for the implementation of this project.

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07 April 2017 - NW582

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Matsepe, Mr CD to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(a) What is the total amount owed by her department to all relevant contractors as at 28 February 2017 and (b) in each case, (i) what is the name of the contractor, (ii) what amount is outstanding and (iii) on what date will the amounts be paid?

Reply:

Kindly refer to the presentation provided to the Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation on 03 March 2017 by the Department of Water and Sanitation for details of supplier invoices and the reasons for non-payment.

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07 April 2017 - NW846

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

(a) What is the (i) total amount that her department owes to each contractor as at 28 February 2017, (ii) name of each contractor and (iii) outstanding amount and (b) by what date will the outstanding amounts be paid to the respective contractors?

Reply:

Kindly refer to the presentation provided to the Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation on 03 March 2017 by the Department of Water and Sanitation for details of supplier invoices and the reasons for non-payment.

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07 April 2017 - NW847

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Brauteseth, Mr TJ to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)What are the names of each (a) candidate that was shortlisted to fill the vacancy of the director-general in her department and (b) member of the panel that interviewed the specified persons; (2) (a) what professional qualifications does the successful candidate (name furnished) have, (b) did the specified person meet the requirement to possess an NQF level 8 qualification as advertised, (c) what is the person’s experience in the water sector and (d) how many years of relevant experience does the person possess? NW912E

Reply:

Requesting the Honorable Member to refer to the response provided to NA 583.

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06 April 2017 - NW711

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

(1)Did (a) her department or (b) any entity reporting to her participate in the Dialogue with the President: Unpacking of the SONA 2017 on Radical Economic Transformation Implementation event hosted at the Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga, Durban, on 25 February 2017; if so, what amount was spent in each case; (2) did (a) her department or (b) any entity reporting to her participate in the auction of the (i) souvenirs or (ii) personal belongings of the President of the Republic, Mr Jacob G Zuma; if so, (aa) which items were purchased and (bb) at what cost, in each case?

Reply:

(1) No, neither my Department nor any Entities reporting to me participated in the Dialogue with the President: Unpacking of the SONA 2017 on Radical Economic Transformation Implementation event hosted at the Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga, Durban, on 25 February 2017.

(2) No, neither my Department nor any Entities reporting to me participated in the auction of the souvenirs, personal belongings of the President of the Republic Jacob G Zuma.

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14 March 2017 - NW281

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

(1)Whether her department is currently experiencing any financial difficulties; if so, (a) when was the situation identified, (b) who identified the situation and (c) what steps are being taken to remedy the situation; (2) what are the full relevant details of her department’s (a) current financial position and (b) balances of each bank account?

Reply:

(1) My Department’s Main Account is not experiencing financial difficulties. However, the Water Trading Entity (WTE) is experiencing temporary cash flow problems due to non-payment of Municipalities and Water Boards. However, the WTE is in a very strong financial position as Assets exceed Liabilities by R72 billion.

During the 2016/17 budget preparation it was clear that, should the debt not be recovered this would negatively impact on the bank balance. This recovery from Municipalities and Water Boards has not happened and the overdraft has been steadily increasing since the start of the financial year.

The WTE is working closely with National Treasury (NT) and NT has sent out letters to Municipalities not paying their debt warning them that they are contravening Section 65(2)(e) of the MFMA and that they should urgently rectify the non-payment of their debt.

(2) My Department’s Main Account has been allocated a budget of R15.5 billion for the 2016/17 financial year, of which R13.6 billion has been spent by 27 February 2017, leaving an available balance of R1.9 billion up to 31 March 2017. The R1.9 billion will be used to pay for salaries (R238 million), direct transfers to Municipalities scheduled for the 8 and 9 March 2017 (R712 million) as well as goods and services and capital expenditures in the normal course of business amounting to R958 million. This is in line with my Department’s planned cash projections, and signals a slight underspending of R99 million anticipated by the end of the financial year from Compensation of Employees.

The Department’s bank account with National Treasury (SARB) is currently at a positive balance of R558 million, and there is still a balance of R1.1 billion which has not been requested from the National Treasury and is due for payment to the Department in the month of March 2017.

The WTE’s current bank balances as at 22 February 2017 are as follows:

 

Reserve Bank

(R 2 989 564 608.84)

ABSA

R 24 872536.05

Standard Bank

R 1 735 342.16

First National Bank

R 420 719.30

SAPO

R 96 644.15

Total

(R 2,962,439,367.18)

14 March 2017 - NW280

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

(a) How many supplier invoices currently remain unpaid by her department for more than 30 days and (b) what (i) is the name of the company and/or supplier, (ii) amounts are outstanding, (iii) is the reason for nonpayment and (iv) is the envisaged date on which the amounts will be paid?

Reply:

Kindly refer to the presentation provided to the Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation on 03 March 2017 by the Department of Water and Sanitation for details of supplier invoices and the reasons for non-payment.

14 March 2017 - NW243

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Moteka, Mr PG to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

With regard to the community of Mamone in Ward 21 and 20 in the Makhuduthamaga Local Municipality in Limpopo, which has not had water in their taps since August 2016, (a) why does the specified community not have water and (b) by what date will she ensure that there will be water in the taps of this community?

Reply:

 

(a) Mamone Ward 20 and 21 in Makhuduthamaga has not had water since January 2017 and not since August 2016 as it is indicated above. This is due to two boreholes that are not functioning. The two boreholes are not functional due to operations and maintenance issues. In one of the boreholes, pipes have collapsed and are submerged and need to be fished and replaced. In another borehole, a submersible pump motor was burnt during drought as the water flow yields were low. The third borehole that is functional is not yielding enough flow and, as a result, not everyone is able to get water.

(b) The Sekhukhune District Municipality (SDM), being the Water Services Authority (WSA); has engaged in a procurement process to replace of equipment for the refurbishment of the two boreholes which are expected to be functional by end of March 2017.

 

14 March 2017 - NW170

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Baker, Ms TE to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)How many water use licences granting abstraction of water from the Hluhluwe River currently exist; (2) Can she provide Ms T E Baker with a list of the owners of these licences as well as the (a) dates of issue, (b) period for which licence has been granted and (c) volume of water to be abstracted?

Reply:

(1) There are currently 2 licences granting abstraction from the Hluhluwe River GWS (SMP 154) that have been registered.

(2) Refer to table below.

Owner of licences

Date issued

Period for licence

Volume of water

UMkhanyakude DM

2007/05/14

expiry date 2047/05/13

2,806,000m3 annually

Bousaam (Pty) Ltd, licence

2001/10/24

expiry date 2021/10/23

300,000m3

 

14 March 2017 - NW168

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Baker, Ms TE to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(a) When will the water use licences for the (i) Somkhele Mine and (ii) Anthracite Colliery, found in the iMfolozi Wilderness area, be granted, (b) what volume of water is allocated to each specified mine and (c) what is the source of the water?

Reply:

 

(a)(i) The records of My Department only indicate that we have received a Water Use License Application from Tendele Coal Mining (Pty) for Somkhele Anthracite Mine. The Water Use License was issued on 4 August 2014 for Section 21 (b), (c), (g), (i) and (j) water uses of the National Water Act, 1998 (Act No. 36 of 1998). The authorization for abstraction was issued on 10 September 2010.

(a)(ii) Anthracite Colliery has not submitted a Water Use License Application to my Department.

(b) The volume abstracted is 750 000 cubic metres of water per annum for Tendele Coal Mining (Pty) for Somkhele Anthracite Mine.

(c) Tendele Coal Mining (Pty) for Somkhele Anthracite Mine abstracts water from the UMfolozi River.

 

14 March 2017 - NW244

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Sonti, Ms NP to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(a) Why has the community of (i) Sisonke region, (ii) Umkhanyakude sub-region and (iii) the Harry Gwala District Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal been without water for over two years and (b) what is her department doing to ensure that the communities have access to good quality clean water?

Reply:

(a) The communities within the Harry Gwala District Municipality (HGDM) and uMkhanyakude DM (UKDM) have been without water for over two years due to two factors, i.e. severe drought impact which has plagued most parts of the KwaZulu-Natal including some of Harry Gwala and uMkhanyakude areas and secondly it has been due to infrastructure limitations in some areas.

(b) The department provides funding to uMkhanyakude and Harry Gwala District Municipalities in order to try to resolve the water challenges faced by the districts and my department will continue to support the municipalities to ensure that the communities have access to good quality clean water.

Refer to the table below for allocations for UMkhanyakude DM (UKDM):

Grant

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

2018-19

RBIG

R313 Million

R110Million

R119 Million

None

MWIG

R54 Million

None

None

None

WSIG

None

R70 Million

R50 Million

R65 million

Refer to the table below for allocations for Harry Gwala DM (HGDM):

Grant

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

2018-19

RBIG

R14 Million

R48 Million

R90 Million

R100 Million

MWIG

R43.5 Million

None

None

None

WSIG

None

R86 Million

R98 Million

R108 million

 

24 February 2017 - NW169

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Baker, Ms TE to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

Whether a water use licence has been applied for in respect of the proposed Fuleni Coal Mine; if not, why not; if so, what (a) would be the source of this water and (b) volume has been applied for?

Reply:

The applicant has not applied for a Water Use Licence. Water Use Licensing is a demand driven service which is initiated by the prospective applicant.

My Department does not have a Water Use Licence Application for Fuleni Coal Mine, hence it will not be able to determine the source and the volume of water required for the proposed mine.

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24 February 2017 - NW237

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Jooste, Ms K to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

Is there a maintenance plan to ensure that the water pipes in the (a) Buurendaal, (b) Highway Gardens, (c) Harmelia, (d) Tunney, (e) Elandsfontein and (f) Klopper Park suburbs in the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality in Gauteng specified suburbs are regularly maintained; if not, are the specified water pipes only repaired when there is a burst water pipe; if so, how often are the water pipes maintained?

Reply:

The following information was provided to My Department by the Municipality.

Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality has a system of annual maintenance plans for all pipelines. The maintenance plans are used for scheduling all required maintenance. This is backed by a monitoring system which tracks time lines for repairing and replacing of burst and leaking water pipes. Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality has a turnaround time of 48 hours to fix burst water and leaking water pipes. To ensure customer satisfaction, Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality uses a Customer Relationship Management System, which monitors and tracks the reported cases.

In an effort to increase water supply to its consumers, Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality treats every burst and leaking water pipe in a serious light. During early 2015, Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality established a Rapid Response Unit, which its sole function is to address water losses within the Municipality areas, including the suburbs of (a) Buurendaal, (b) Highway Gardens, (c) Harmelia, (d) Tunney, (e) Elandsfontein and (f) Klopper Park.

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24 February 2017 - NW208

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Ross, Mr DC to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)(a) What are the reasons that Rand Water blocked the storm water pipes in Oak Avenue, Primrose, Germiston, when laying new pipes and (b) when will the situation be rectified; (2) (a) what procedures can residents follow to claim damages due to flooding of their properties caused by Rand Waters blocking the storm water pipes and (b) to whom can claims be submitted; (3) whether copies of all the relevant claim forms can be provided to Mr D C Ross?

Reply:

(1) Following the heavy rains during December 2016, it became evident that the storm water system in the Primrose area could not handle the quantity of storm water. An assessment was jointly initiated by both Ekurhuleni and Rand Water to identify if Rand Water had disturbed the storm water infrastructure whilst laying the new pipeline. The process is still in progress.

(2) The claims can be sent to Rand Water (contact person, Mr Bafana Gamede – (011) 682 0362 or Ekurhuleni pending the outcome of the investigation.

(3) Claim forms will be provided by the respective entity pending the outcome of the investigation.

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24 February 2017 - NW207

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Ross, Mr DC to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)(a) When last did Rand Water upgrade its water pipes in the (i) Buurendaal, (ii) Highway Gardens, (iii) Harmelia, (iv) Tunney, (v) Elandsfontein and (vi) Klopper Park suburbs in the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality in Gauteng and (b) how old are the current water pipes in these specified suburbs; (2) (a) how many burst pipes has Rand Water experienced in the specified suburbs since 1 January 2016, (b) how many liters of water were lost and (c) what is the value of the loss of this water?

Reply:

(1) The above mentioned six suburbs situated in the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality (EMM) in Gauteng are supplied with potable water from the Rand Water’s H5 and H11 bulk water supply pipelines (details in the table below). The pipelines are supplied through gravity (not pumped) from the Rand Water’s Klipriviersberg Reservoirs situated some 20 kilometers away.

Pipeline Description

Date Laid (Year)

Age (Years)

Operating Pressure (Bar)

Estimated Flow (Mℓ/d)

750mm H5 Steel Pipeline

1955

62

11

65

1110mm H11 Steel Pipeline

1963

54

`7

150

The Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality draws water from these bulk pipelines at strategic bulk supply points and water is further distributed to areas through the network of municipal distribution pipelines. The Rand Water’s H5 and H11 pipelines currently have adequate capacity to supply the water demands for the EMM suburbs. However, the following projects are already underway to augment the future anticipated water requirements:

      • Pipeline O6 augmentation Phase 1 Palmiet to Germiston – 2100mm pipeline
      • Pipeline Shamrock Road - Airfield pipeline (G37/H37) – 1200mm pipeline

The above projects are scheduled for commission before the end of 2017. These projects will add extra capacity in the bigger Germiston area. Our asset management philosophy identifies and prioritizes pipelines aged at 60 for conditional assessment. The H5 and H11 pipelines are aged between 54 and 62 years and still within their condition and operating lifecycle. H11 is marginally over 60 and is prioritised for conditional assessment.

(2) A total of four (4) leaks on H5 and five (5) leaks on H11 pipeline were experienced since the said date with the loss with a total of 275kl water loss to the value of R1 858.88.

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24 February 2017 - NW133

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Baker, Ms TE to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

With regard to the Amathole District Municipality project to build toilets in villages in the district, (a) when did the project begin, (b) what are the details of the progress of the project, (c) how many toilets have been built thus far and (d) what are the (i) current and (ii) projected costs of the project?

Reply:

(a) Amathole District Municipality appointed a service provider for the sanitation project on 1 September 2014.

(b) To date, of 66 700 Units, a total to some 30 409 Units are completed whilst 36 291 Units are still outstanding.

(c) Refer to (b) above.

(d)(i) The current estimated cost is R 288 064 457, 00.

(d)(ii) The projected cost to complete the project is R508m which includes payments of invoices not paid to service providers.

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21 December 2016 - NW2694

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Purdon, Mr RK to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)With reference to the critical drought that is severely affecting major parts of the Republic, (a) which of the country’s major storage dams are currently under 35% capacity in each province and (b) what measures has her department put in place to urgently conserve the water in the specified dams; (2) whether each municipality affected by the dams is implementing stringent measures to conserve water; if not, (a) why not and (b) what steps will she take in this regard; if so, (i) did the specified municipalities receive direction from the Government and (ii) what are the further relevant details in this regard?

Reply:

(1)(a) Refer to Annexure A for the list of the country's major dams that are below 35%.

(1)(b) My Department develops annual operating rules which include drought restrictions rules. These are communicated to stakeholders at the System Operations Forums. In addition Joint Operations Committees are established to monitor progress on the implementation of water restrictions and advice provided on further interventions where necessary e.g installation of flow restrictors at household level or supply through water tankers, drilling of boreholes etc. Further details are given in the table and section 2 of the response below.

(2)(a) Yes. Most of the municipalities are implementing measures to conserve water and there is already a reduction in demand. The measures include:

  • Restrictors on the bulk meters and the reticulation meters, some municipalities are also restricting consumer meters;
  • Pressure Management;
  • Education and awareness;
  • Water rationing;
  • Monitoring Minimum Night Flows;
  • Active and passive leakage control, etc.

(2)(b) As mentioned in (a) above, most of the municipalities are already implementing Water Conservation and Water Demand Management measures, for those that are not yet implementing. It is mainly due to lack of human and financial capacity. The Department will continue engaging municipalities through the established structures and the municipalities must actively participate and report in this meetings and prioritize resources and budgets to implement Water Conservation and Water Demand Management.

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Annexure A

Table1: Country’s Major Storage Dams below 35%

Provinces: Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Eastern Cape, North West & Northern Cape

Reservoir

Name

Full Supply Capacity in 106 m3

%

Municipality supplied

Measures

Implementation

Free State

Bloemhof

1 240

20.4

Lekwa-Teemane Municipality Bloemhof, Kuruman,

Drought Operating Rule determined and communicated at the SOF.

Restrictions gazetted on 12/08/16

(No 40203)

  • Restrictions for Domestic @15%andIrrigation @ 20% are being implemented
  • Early Warning systems established to monitor achievement of restrictions
  • Joint Operations Committee (JOC) formed to give direction to municipality on implementing the restrictions
  • Last SOF held on 1 December 2016

Kalkfontein

325

3.7

Kopanong Municipality

(Koffiefontein, Jacobsdal, Jagersfontein and Fauresmith)

Drought Operating Rule determined and communicated at the SOF

Restrictions gazetted on 19/02/16 (No 39718)

  • Restrictions for Domestic @ 40%&Irrigation @100% are being implemented
  • Early Warning systems established to monitor achievement of restrictions
  • JOC formed to give direction to municipality on implementing the restrictions
  • Last Forum held on 29 November 2016

Allemanskraal

174

14.0

Masilonyana and Tswelopele Municipality (Brandfort, Bultfontein, Theunissen and Virginia)

Drought Operating Rule determined and communicated at the SOF

Restrictions gazetted on 12/08/16

(No 40203)

  • Restrictions for Domestic: 40%Irrigation 92% are being implemented
  • Early Warning systems established to monitor achievement of restrictions.
  • JOC formed to give direction to municipality on implementing the restrictions. -Last Forum held on 1 December 2016

Rustfontein

71

25.5

Mangaung Metropolitan

Drought Operating Rule determined and communicated at the SOF Part of Bloemfontein System.

Restrictions gazetted on 12/02/16

No 39679.

  • Restrictions for Domestic: 30%Irrigation: 75% are being implemented
  • Early Warning systems established to monitor achievement of restrictions
  • JOC formed to give direction to municipality on implementing the restrictions.
  • Last SOF held on 29 November 2016

Krugersdrift

71

26.0

Ikgomotseng and Soutpan

Drought Operating Rule determined and communicated at the SOF.

Restrictions gazetted on 19/02/16: No 39718

  • Restrictions forDomestic: 20%Irrigation: 50% are being implemented
  • Early Warning systems established to monitor achievement of restrictions
  • JOC formed to give direction to municipality on implementing the restrictions
  • Last SOF held on 29 November 2016

KwaZulu Natal

Goedertrouw

301

19.5

Umhlathuze, Umlalazi, Uthungulu

Drought Operating Rule determined and communicated at the SOF.

Restrictions gazetted on 24/03/16, No 39860:

  • Restrictions for Domestic: 40%Irrigation: 80% Industrial: 15%are being implemented
  • Early Warning systems established to measure achievement of restrictions
  • JOC formed to give direction to municipality on implementing the restrictions
  • Last SOFs held on 12 July 2016

Albert Falls

288

27.3

Umgugundlovu, Ethekwini Metropolitan

Drought Operating Rule determined and communicated at the SOF. Part of the Umgeni system

Restrictions published on 24/03/16

(No 39860)

  • Part of the Umgeni Water Supply System which is currently at 47,6% and -Restrictions for Domestic: 15% Irrigation: 50%Industrial: 15%are being implemented
  • Early Warning systems established to measure achievement of restrictions
  • JOC formed to give direction to municipality on implementing the restrictions
  • Last SOF was held on 17 June 2016 as part of Mgeni SOF.

Mpumalanga

Kwena

158

23.9

Ehlanzeni

Drought Operating Rule determined and communicated at the SOF. Part of the Crocodile System.

Restriction notices issued by Inkomati/Usuthu Catchment Management Agency.

(Compliance not known yet)

  • Restrictions for Domestic, irrigation are being implemented
  • Early Warning systems established to measure achievement of restrictions
  • JOC formed to give direction to municipality on implementing the restrictions
  • Last Committee held on 2 November 2016 as part of the CROCOC

Driekoppies

250

20.5

Nkomazi

Drought Operating Rule determined and communicated at the Komati Joint Operations Forum. Part of the Komati Basin Water Authority (KOBWA)

Restriction notices were issued.

(Compliance not yet known)

  • Early Warning systems established to measure achievement of restrictions
  • JOC established to give direction to municipalities on implementing the restrictions
  • Last Forum held on 17 November 2016 as part of KOBWA

Limpopo

Middel-Letaba

171

16.3

Mopani Municipality

Drought Operating Rule determined and communicated at the SOF.

Restrictions gazetted on 16/09/16

(No 1066)

  • Restrictions for Domestic 20%Irrigation 80% are being implemented
  • Early Warning systems established to measure achievement of restrictions.
  • JOC formed to give direction to municipality on implementing the restrictions
  • Last Forum held on 29 April 2016 as part of the Shingwedzi CMF

Tzaneen

156

13.2

Mopani Municipality

Drought Operating Rule determined and communicated at the SOF.

Restrictions gazetted on 16/09/16

(No 1066)

  • Restrictions for Domestic @ 20%& Irrigation @ 70% are being implemented
  • Early Warning systems established to measure achievement of restrictions
  • JOC formed to give direction to municipality on implementing the restrictions.
  • Last Forum held on 25 October 2016

Nzhelele

51

8.6

Thulamela

Drought Operating Rule determined and communicated at the SOF.

Restrictions gazetted on 16/09/16

(No. 1066)

  • Restrictions for Irrigation: 40% are being implemented
  • Early Warning systems established to measure achievement of restrictions
  • JOC formed to give direction to municipality on implementing the restrictions
  • Last Forum held on 21 April 2016

Flag Boshielo

185

17.7

Polokwane Metro

Part of the Polokwane System. Drought Operating Rule determined and communicated at the SOF.

Restrictions gazetted on 16/09/16,

( No 40284)

  • Restrictions for Domestic: 30%Mining: 55% are being implemented
  • Early Warning systems established to measure achievement of restrictions
  • JOC to be established to give direction to municipality on implementing the restrictions
  • Last Forum held on 25 May 2016

Rhenosterkop

204

16.3

Nkangala DM

Drought Operating Rule determined and communicated at the SOF. Restrictions gazetted on 16/09/16

(No. 1066)

  • Restrictions for Irrigation: 60%-70%(Depending on rainfall) are being implemented
  • Early Warning systems established to measure achievement of restrictions
  • JOC formed to give direction to municipality on implementing the restrictions
  • Last Forum held on 20th April 2016

Eastern Cape

Darlington

180

18.2

Nelson Mandela Metro

Drought Operating Rule determined and communicated at the SOF.

Receiving water from the Orange River System:

Restrictions published on 26/08/16 (No.40229)

The Dam is operated below 45% for Dam safety reasons

  • Restrictions of 15% on all transfers form the Orange River System are being implemented
  • Early Warning systems established to measure achievement of restrictions and communication is on-going to align information
  • Last Forum held on 20 September 2016

North West

Molatedi

200

25.2

Moses kotane

Drought Operating Rule determined and communicated at the SOF.

Restrictions gazetted on 14/10/16

(No. 40346)

  • Restrictions on Domestic @50%& Irrigation @75% are being implemented
  • Early Warning systems established to measure achievement of restrictions
  • JOC formed to give direction to municipality on implementing the restrictions
  • Last Forum held on 16 August 2016 as part of the Marico CMF

Northern Cape

Reservoir

Name

Full Supply Capacity in 106 m3

%

Municipality supplied

Measures

Implementation

Spitskop

57

9.2

Mmamusa Municipality SchweizerReneke

Drought Operating Rule determined and communicated at the SOF.

30% restrictions on irrigation recommended. Achievement not yet visible

  • Restrictions on irrigation are being implemented
  • Early Warning systems established to measure achievement of restrictions
  • Last Forum held on 07 September 2016

21 December 2016 - NW2611

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Baker, Ms TE to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

With reference to her reply to question 2195 on 31 October 2016, (a) for how many hours has each specified water board sat (i) in the (aa) 2013-14, (bb) 2014-15 and (cc) 2015-16 financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2016 and (b) what is the total amount that each of the specified board members was paid in (i) remuneration and (ii) any other allowances in the specified periods?

Reply:

Requesting the Honourable Member to refer to the Water Boards Annual Reports of each specified financial year.

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13 December 2016 - NW2562

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Alberts, Mr ADW to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)Whether she is aware of the findings of the report concerning the performance and expense review of the country’s water provisions cycle undertaken by the National Treasury (details furnished); if not, why not; if so, (2) Whether the findings of the report have led to any new programmes or measures by her department; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) Whether, in accordance with the review, she has reached the conclusion that approximately 60% of municipal water infrastructure needs to be renewed; if not, why not; if so, (a) what the estimated cost will be to renovate the infrastructure and (b) over what period of time the infrastructure will have to be replaced or renovated; (4) Whether any steps (a) have been taken or (b) will be taken in this regard to obtain the required funds for the renovation of the infrastructure; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1) Yes, I am aware of the findings that are presented in the National Treasury Expenditure and Performance Review (EPR). Please note that the key purpose of the review is to understand the financial implications of water services delivery, not to reflect specifically on sector performance and propose solutions. The Review has also developed an expenditure performance Costing Model that will facilitate regular discussions with National Treasury on the relationship between government expenditure and performance. The model measures (and predicts) performance against current (and future) levels of financial expenditure. The Review confirms what my Department already knows with regards to the current constraints to performance within the water (services) value chain. In fact, my Department provided the consultant with this insight during the initial data and information collection phase, prior to the publication of the Review, but was never given the opportunity to comment on any of the draft versions. The Final Review has not been circulated within my Department for comment.

(2) The findings contained in the Review have not led to any new programme or measures being implemented. My Department, as sector leader and as part of its mandated responsibility, continues to monitor sector performance and intervenes when appropriate, and has recently developed a Regulatory No Drop System in support of Water Conservation and Demand Management, and is finalising a comprehensive and detailed Water Sector Investment Framework, which forms part of an overarching National Water and Sanitation Master Plan.

My Department is also implementing Municipal Water Master Plans within 27 Priority District Municipalities in support of the Water Services Development Planning process, which will ultimately emanate in a pipeline of projects, to address the water services delivery problems that might exist.

(3) Yes, I am aware of the current state of infrastructure in the water sector, and specifically the state of asset management, and associated problems with infrastructure operation and management within municipalities. My Department is busy finalising a detailed municipal investment requirements analysis, which is part of the sector Investment Framework, to confirm the actual extent of the problem, financially, within municipalities. The Investment Framework will be completed in 2017, and my Department will, in due course, make recommendations over what period of time the infrastructure should be replaced, refurbished or extended, while taking into account the current economic environment in the country. The 59% quoted in the Review is based on a preliminary Departmental estimate of infrastructure renewal. Other studies have also based renewal on accumulated depreciation which is only a financial provision for the renewal of infrastructure. This implies that there is shortfall in funding.

(4) Due to this identified shortfall, my Department has engaged with National Treasury and COGTA to establish a new refurbishment fund. The required funds to support the investment requirements have not yet been secured from National Treasury. This will only happen once the Investment Framework has been finalised and the findings and recommendations have been presented and discussed internally within my Department, and once other lead sector departments, who are involved with municipal water services delivery, have had the opportunity to make their inputs. The funding is critical to ensure that the pipeline of projects emanating from the Water Services Master Plans are implemented.

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13 December 2016 - NW2656

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

(a) What is the working status of the pumps delivering water from the Heyshope Dam in the Usutu catchment to the Vaal River upstream of Grootdraai Dam, (b) what was the capacity transferred in each month in the (i) 2015 and (ii) 2016 calendar years, (c) how many of the pumps worked during the specified period and (d) what amount was spent on the pumps during the period?

Reply:

(a) At Heyshope pump-station there are 4 pump-sets of which 2 pump-sets are currently functional and in operation. At Geelhoutboom pump-station there are also 4 pump-sets of which 2 are in operation. These two pump-stations are operating in series together with long sections of gravitational transfers.

At Heyshope refurbishment of the booster motor at pump-set 1 is underway and procurement for the mechanical motor and control valve refurbishment is in progress. At Geelhoutboom line 1 the motor refurbishment is being completed and it is anticipated that it will be back in operation by January 2017. The other pump-set is awaiting the replacement of bearings which is in progress and should be back in operation by December 2016.

(b)(i) The volume of water transferred in 2015 was 27, 9 million cubic meters

(b)(ii) The volume of water transferred in 2016 is 43, 7 million cubic meters.

(c) In 2015 Heyshope had 3 out of 4 pump-sets in operation and 2 out of 4 in 2016. At Geelhoutboom 1 out of 4 was operational in 2015 and this improved to 2 out of 4 in 2016.

(d) Since the rectification work is not completed as yet, a final figure is not available as yet. However to date R97.7million was spent at these two pump-stations.

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13 December 2016 - NW2655

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

(1)Whether her department is experiencing any challenges with the transfer of water from the Tugela River to the Vaal River via the Drakensberg scheme; if so, what are the relevant details in this regard; (2) are the pumps on the transfer route working at full capacity; if not, (a) why not, (b) how long has each of the specified pumps not been working at full capacity, (c) what are the consequences and (d) how much will it cost to repair each of the specified pumps; (3) (a) what is the capacity of each of the pumps and (b) how many litres of water were transferred via the specified route from the Sterkfontein Dam to the Vaal Dam in each month of the (i) 2015 and (ii) 2016 calendar years to date?

Reply:

(1) My Department released the total volume of water from Sterkfontein dam to the Vaal dam as per the operating rule developed by the National Water Resource Planning unit. The initial release in the 2015/2016 hydrological year of 320.48 million cubic meters was completed between October 2015 and January 2016. The second release is underway peaking at 70 cubic meters per second to ensure the planned volume of 203 million cubic meters to be transferred by end December 2016. To date the release is occurring according to plan.

(2)(a) The transfer of water from the Woodstock to Sterkfontein dam occurred 80% according to plan. This was due to mechanical and electrical failures experienced at some of the pump-sets at Drieland Kilburn pump stations. These two pump-stations are working in series to lift water at a maximum flow-rate of 20m3/s (should there be adequate run-off in the river leading into the Woodstock dam).

(2)(b) At Driel pump-station, there are two sections of which section 1 has 2 out of 3 pump-sets functional and at section 2, there are 4 out of 5 pump-sets available. The mechanical fault at Driel 1 was attended to by a previously appointed contractor but failed after commissioning. This particular pump-set has been problematic for more than a year, but contractual matters are being attended to. The electrical motor at Driel 2 is out of service for the past 3 weeks and repair is imminent as procurement is being finalized.

At Kilburn section 1, 4 out of 4 pump-sets are in operation. At Kilburn section 2, we have 3 out of 4 pump-sets in operation. The motor of one pump-set is in for repairs at a contractor after it became dysfunctional in March 2016. The lengthy repairing period was caused due to a contractual dispute with the contractor which has been resolved and it is expected to have this pump back in operation shortly.

(2)(c) If the equipment is not available, the filling of Sterkfontein Dam will be delayed.

(2)(d) The cost for the repair work is R5m for Driel and R1.5m for Kilburn.

(3)(a) At Driel section 1 there are 3 pumps with a transfer capacity of 1m3/s each. At Driel section 2 there are 3 pumps with a transfer capacity of 2.6m3/s each and 2 pumps with a capacity of 4m3/s each. At Kilburn section 1 there are 4 pump-sets of 3.3m3/s each and at section 2 there are 4 pump-sets of 4m3/s each.

(3)(b)(i) The first transfer took place in 2015 from October to January 2016 for which the total of 320.48 million cubic meters was transferred.

(3)(b)(ii) To date about 85 million cubic meters was transferred since 7 November 2016 of the planned 203 million cubic meters.

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13 December 2016 - NW2579

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Khawula, Ms MS to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

When will the residents of Wards 20 and 22 in the Kgetlengrivier Local Municipality in the North West get clean water?

Reply:

The residents of Wards 20 and 22 in the Kgetlengrivier Local Municipality in North West will get clean water once the funds for the pipeline are confirmed.

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05 December 2016 - NW2193

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Baker, Ms TE to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)What (a) is the current status of the Ermelo Waste Water Treatment Plant in Mpumalanga and (b) are the results of the water quality tests of the treated effluent in each month since 1 January 2016; (2) whether the specified plant complies with the standards for effluent discharge as regulated by her department; if not, what action has she taken to rectify the situation; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1)(a) The Ermelo Wastewater Treatment Plant is currently receiving 12-16 Ml/day and is designed to handle 10 Ml/day. Overall, the infrastructure of the plant is in a bad condition and this has compromised the sewage treatment process to the extent that substandard effluent is being discharged.

(b) The Green Drop System, which the Department utilizes to monitor compliance levels of wastewater treatment works in the country, shows that the level of compliance for the plant from 01 January 2016 to September 2016 is zero for micro, physical and chemical parameters specific for wastewater effluent.

(2) The effluent from the plant does not comply with the general standard. The Department had meetings with the municipality, inspections were conducted and correspondence was also sent to the municipality. Due to the lack of response from the municipality, a task team (comprising DWS, the Departments of Human Settlements, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Economic Development, Environment and Tourism as well as the District and Local Municipalities) was then established to address the concerns related to the plant. See Tables 1 and 2 below:

Table 1: Correspondence with the Municipality prior to establishment of the task team

DWS Action

Issues raised

Type of communication

Municipality response

Issued communication due to poor water quality discharging into the stream

  • sewage pollution
  • water use authorisation application

Letter dated 23 November 2009

None

Site inspection conducted on 14 July 2010

  • sewage pollution

Section 19 letter dated 19 July 2010

None

Site inspection conducted on 11 Nov 2011

  • sewage pollution at Pet Dam

Meeting held with the

municipality immediately after the inspection

The problem was resolved same day

Site inspection conducted on 14 June 2012

  • sewage spillages and poor effluent quality
  • reporting of pollution incidents
  • incomplete discharge charges forms
  • water use authorisation application
  • Poor attendance of stakeholder forum meetings

Meeting with municipality on 06 August 2012

Raised their challenges

Table 2: Correspondences with the Municipality after establishment of the task team

DWS Action

Issues raised

Type of communication

Municipality response

Issued communication based on the meeting held on 06 August 2012

  • sewage pollution
  • establishment of the Task Team

Letter dated 14 August 2012

None

Follow up

  • reminder to respond

Letter dated 11 October 2012

Submitted insufficient action plan on 14 November 2012

Task Team

Actions from minutes

Meeting on 26 September 2012 at Govan Mbeki Municipality

No feedback, the Municipality sent another person without information

Task Team

Actions from minutes

Meeting on 14 November 2012 at Lekwa Municipality

Attended

Task Team

Actions from minutes

Meeting on 06 February 2013 at Dr Pixley ka Seme Municipality

Did not attend

Issued a communication

  • Non-attendance of Task Team meeting

Letter dated 22 February 2013

None

Task Team

Actions from minutes

Meeting on 12 June 2013 at Gert Sibande District Municipality

Did not attend

Issued a communication

  • Action plan

Letter dated 22 August 2013

None

Assessment of WWTW on 29 October 2013 and 13 March 2014

  • Non-compliance letter

Letter dated 24 March 2014

None

The Department allocated R 44 275 029 million to refurbish the Ermelo Waste Water Treatment Plant in Mpumalanga. The project commenced in November 2015 and is scheduled for completion in January 2017.

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01 December 2016 - NW2364

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Steyn, Ms A to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

With reference to her reply to question 1023 on 5 July 2016, (a) how many boreholes did her department (i) drill, (ii) repair and/or (iii) upgrade since 1 October 2015, (b) what is the exact GPS location of each of the specified boreholes, (c) what were the costs of (i) drilling per meter and/or (ii) refurbishment in each case and (d) was water found at each of the boreholes?

Reply:

(a) A total of 626 boreholes were drilled and a total of 519 Repaired/Upgraded/Refurbished (refer to table 1 below for details).

(b) Refer to Annexure A for the GPS location of each specified borehole.

(c)(i) The cost were from R 250 - R 1 455 depending on geological formation and other variables.

(c)(ii) The cost of refurbishment in each case was R 53, 6 million.

(d) No, water was found in all the boreholes excerpt for a few cases in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN).

Table 1. List of boreholes per province including costs:

Province

  1. Number of Boreholes

Costs (Rands)

(d)

Water Found

 

(i) Drilled

(ii)Repaired

(i) Per m drilled

(ii) Refurbished

 

Eastern Cape

14

11

 

R 20,4 M

Yes

Western Cape

-

-

-

-

-

Northern Cape

23

47

R750-R 1455

R 21,7M

Yes

North West

322

105

R320

 

Yes

Gauteng

-

-

-

-

-

Limpopo

-

-

-

-

-

Mpumalanga

8

40

R 900

R 4,0M

Yes

KZN

188

281

R 250 –R350

R 7,5M

Yes

Freestate

71

35

R 711

 

Yes

TOTALS:

626

513

 

R 53,6 M

 

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01 December 2016 - NW2574

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Mbatha, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(a) How many applications for water license’s has her department declined during the period 1 January to 31 December 2015 and (b) what was the reason for the refusal to issue a water license in each case?

Reply:

(a) A total of 69 Water Use License Applications were declined in the period 1 January to 31 December 2015.

(b) Refer to the table below for the various reasons applications were refused.

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Number

Province

Type of water use(s) - indicate S25(2) & Volumes where applicable

Sector (e.g. Agric, mining, industrial, Forestry, Municipality/Govt Dept)

Signed Date

Reason for Decline

   

Water use(s) e.g. S21(a) - Groundwater/ surface water

     

1

Eastern Cape

21(a)

Agriculture

2015-03-01

Catchment fully allocated.

2

KwaZulu-Natal

21(e)©(i)

Industry

2015-04-08

Outstanding information

3

Limpopo

21(a)

Agriculture

2015-03-28

Catchment fully allocated.

4

Mpumalanga

21(a) and (b)

Agriculture

2015-04-30

Outstanding information

5

Free State

21 (a)

Agriculture

2015-04-30

Catchment fully allocated.

6

North West

21 (a,b, c, f, g &i)

Industry

2015-04-30

Outstanding information

7

Free State

21(a)

Agriculture

2015-04-30

Catchment fully allocated.

8

Free State

21(a)

Agriculture

2015-07-17

Catchment fully allocated.

9

Limpopo

21 (a)

Agriculture

2015-07-17

Catchment fully allocated.

10

Limpopo

21 a & g

Development

2015-07-17

Outstanding information

11

Mpumalanga

21 (a)

Agriculture

2015-08-30

Catchment fully allocated.

12

Limpopo

21 (a,c &i)

Industry

2015-08-31

Outstanding information

13

Mpumalanga

21 (b)

Agriculture

2015-09-01

Outstanding information

14

Limpopo

21 (a)

Agriculture

2015-09-02

Catchment fully allocated.

15

Free State

21 (a)

Agriculture

2015-10-04

Catchment fully allocated.

16

Northern Cape

21 (a)

Agriculture

2015-10-04

Catchment fully allocated.

17

Free State

21 (a)

Agriculture

2015-10-04

Catchment fully allocated

18

Eastern Cape

21 (d)

SFRA

2015-11-19

Proposed plantation will have negative impact on the existing water uses and Reserve

19

Eastern Cape

21 (d)

SFRA

2015-11-19

Catchment fully allocated

20

Northern Cape

21 (a)

Agriculture

2015-11-19

Catchment fully allocated.

21

Free State

21 (a)

Agriculture

2015-11-19

Catchment fully allocated

22

Free State

21 (a)

Agriculture

2015-11-19

Catchment fully allocated

23

Free State

21 (a,b,c&i)

Agriculture

2015-11-19

Catchment fully allocated

24

Northern Cape

21 (a)

Agriculture

2015-11-19

Catchment fully allocated

25

Limpopo

21 (a)

Agriculture

2015-11-19

Catchment fully allocated

26

Limpopo

21 (a&b)

Agriculture

2015-11-19

Catchment fully allocated

27

Limpopo

21 (a)

Agriculture

2015-11-19

Catchment fully allocated

28

North West

21 (a)

Development

2015-10-20

Geohydrological report outstanding. Section 21 (g) water use information and design drawing, capacity and final effluent from waste water facility are outstanding.

29

Limpopo

22 (a)

Agriculture

2015-10-04

Outstanding information

30

Free State

23 (a)

Agriculture

2015-06-12

Catchment fully allocated

31

Free State

24 (a)

Agriculture

2015-06-12

Catchment fully allocated

32

Western Cape

21 (c,i)

local government

2015-12-18

Outstanding information

33

Northern Cape

21 (a)

Agriculture

2015-10-04

Catchment fully allocated.

34

Limpopo

21 (a&b)

Agriculture

2015-10-21

Outstanding information

35

Limpopo

21 (a)

Agriculture

2015-12-18

Catchment fully allocated

36

Mpumalanga

21 (a,b,c,g&i)

mining

2015-12-18

Outstanding information

37

Limpopo

21 (a)

Agriculture

2015-12-18

Catchment fully allocated

38

Western Cape

21 (a&b)

local government

2015-12-18

The proposed storm water Detention Dam is for reducing the risk of frequently flooding of the village

39

Limpopo

21 (a)

Agriculture

2015-12-18

Catchment fully allocated.

40

Limpopo

21 (a)

Agriculture

2015-12-18

Catchment fully allocated.

41

Limpopo

21 (a)

Agriculture

2015-12-18

Catchment fully allocated

42

Limpopo

21 (a)

Industry

2015-12-24

Catchment fully allocated.

43

Limpopo

21 (a)

Agriculture

2015-12-18

Catchment fully allocated.

44

Western Cape

21 (a)

Agriculture

2015-12-19

Catchment fully allocated.

45

Free State

21 (a)

Agriculture

2015-07-30

Catchment fully allocated.

46

Free State

21 (a)

Agriculture

2015-08-25

Catchment fully allocated.

47

Free State

21 (a)

Agriculture

2015-08-25

Catchment fully allocated.

48

Free State

21 (a)

Agriculture

2015-08-25

Catchment fully allocated.

49

Limpopo

21 (a, g &j)

Mining

2015-08-07

Outstanding information

50

Northern Cape

21 (a)

Agriculture

2015-08-14

Catchment fully allocated.

51

Northern Cape

21 (a)

Mining

2015-08-27

Outstanding information

52

Northern Cape

21 (a)

Development

2015-08-14

Catchment fully allocated.

53

Northern Cape

21 (a)

Agriculture

2015-08-27

Catchment fully allocated.

54

Northern Cape

21 (a)

Agriculture

2015-07-17

Catchment fully allocated.

55

Northern Cape

21 (a)

Agriculture

2015-08-14

Catchment fully allocated.

56

Free State

21 (a)

Agriculture

2015-06-15

Catchment fully allocated.

57

Northern Cape

21 (a)

Agriculture

2015-05-28

Catchment fully allocated.

58

Northern Cape

21 (a)

Mining

2015-05-28

Outstanding information

59

Northern Cape

21 (a)

Local government

2015-06-02

Outstanding information

60

Northern Cape

21 (a)

Agriculture

2015-05-04

Catchment fully allocated.

61

Free State

21 (a)

Agriculture

2015-12-10

Catchment fully allocated.

62

Free State

21 (a)

Agriculture

2015-12-14

Catchment fully allocated.

63

Free State

21 (a)

Agriculture

2015-02-03

Outstanding information

64

Northern Cape

21 (a)

Agriculture

2015-04-24

Catchment fully allocated.

65

Northern Cape

21 (a)

Agriculture

2015-03-03

Catchment fully allocated.

66

Northern Cape

21 (a, g &j)

Mining

2015-11-27

Outstanding information

67

Northern Cape

21 (a,c&i)

Mining

2015-11-28

Outstanding information

68

Northern Cape

21 (a)

Agriculture

2015-11-29

Outstanding information

69

Northern Cape

21 (a,c,I,f&g)

Mining

2015-11-30

Outstanding information

28 November 2016 - NW2193

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Baker, Ms TE to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)What (a) is the current status of the Ermelo Waste Water Treatment Plant in Mpumalanga and (b) are the results of the water quality tests of the treated effluent in each month since 1 January 2016; (2) whether the specified plant complies with the standards for effluent discharge as regulated by her department; if not, what action has she taken to rectify the situation; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1)(a) The Ermelo Wastewater Treatment Plant is currently receiving 12-16 Ml/day and is designed to handle 10 Ml/day. Overall, the infrastructure of the plant is in a bad condition and this has compromised the sewage treatment process to the extent that substandard effluent is being discharged.

(b) The Green Drop System, which the Department utilizes to monitor compliance levels of wastewater treatment works in the country, shows that the level of compliance for the plant from 01 January 2016 to September 2016 is zero for micro, physical and chemical parameters specific for wastewater effluent.

(2) The effluent from the plant does not comply with the general standard. The Department had meetings with the municipality, inspections were conducted and correspondence was also sent to the municipality. Due to the lack of response from the municipality, a task team (comprising DWS, the Departments of Human Settlements, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Economic Development, Environment and Tourism as well as the District and Local Municipalities) was then established to address the concerns related to the plant. See Tables 1 and 2 below:

Table 1: Correspondence with the Municipality prior to establishment of the task team

DWS Action

Issues raised

Type of communication

Municipality response

Issued communication due to poor water quality discharging into the stream

  • sewage pollution
  • water use authorisation application

Letter dated 23 November 2009

None

Site inspection conducted on 14 July 2010

  • sewage pollution

Section 19 letter dated 19 July 2010

None

Site inspection conducted on 11 Nov 2011

  • sewage pollution at Pet Dam

Meeting held with the

municipality immediately after the inspection

The problem was resolved same day

Site inspection conducted on 14 June 2012

  • sewage spillages and poor effluent quality
  • reporting of pollution incidents
  • incomplete discharge charges forms
  • water use authorisation application
  • Poor attendance of stakeholder forum meetings

Meeting with municipality on 06 August 2012

Raised their challenges

Table 2: Correspondences with the Municipality after establishment of the task team

DWS Action

Issues raised

Type of communication

Municipality response

Issued communication based on the meeting held on 06 August 2012

  • sewage pollution
  • establishment of the Task Team

Letter dated 14 August 2012

None

Follow up

  • reminder to respond

Letter dated 11 October 2012

Submitted insufficient action plan on 14 November 2012

Task Team

Actions from minutes

Meeting on 26 September 2012 at Govan Mbeki Municipality

No feedback, the Municipality sent another person without information

Task Team

Actions from minutes

Meeting on 14 November 2012 at Lekwa Municipality

Attended

Task Team

Actions from minutes

Meeting on 06 February 2013 at Dr Pixley ka Seme Municipality

Did not attend

Issued a communication

  • Non-attendance of Task Team meeting

Letter dated 22 February 2013

None

Task Team

Actions from minutes

Meeting on 12 June 2013 at Gert Sibande District Municipality

Did not attend

Issued a communication

  • Action plan

Letter dated 22 August 2013

None

Assessment of WWTW on 29 October 2013 and 13 March 2014

  • Non-compliance letter

Letter dated 24 March 2014

None

The Department allocated R 44 275 029 million to refurbish the Ermelo Waste Water Treatment Plant in Mpumalanga. The project commenced in November 2015 and is scheduled for completion in January 2017.

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25 November 2016 - NW2113

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Matsepe, Mr CD to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

What amount did (a) her department and (b) each entity reporting to her spend on advertising on the (i) Africa News Network 7 channel, (ii) SA Broadcasting Corporation (aa) television channels and (bb) radio stations, (iii) national commercial radio stations and (iv) community (aa) television and (bb) radio stations (aaa) in the 2015-16 financial year and (bbb) since 1 April 2016?

Reply:

(a) My Department has spent R37 800 269.05 in 2015/2016 and R6 840 941.20 since 1 April 2016 to date on advertising. Below is the breakdown as per request

(i) African News Network 7 channel

Item

2015/2016

1 April to date

(aa) television channels

R0.00

R0.00

(bb) radio stations

R450 000.00

R0.00

(ii) SA Broadcasting Corporation

Item

2015/2016

1 April to date

(aa) television channels

R22 528 202

R2 508 000

(bb) radio stations

R14 727 256.68

R2 499 712.20

(iii) National commercial radio stations

Item

2015/2016

1 April to date

(aa) television

R0.00

R0.00

(bb) radio station

R0.00

R1833 229

(iv) Community

Item

2015/2016

1 April to date

(aa) television

R0.00

R0.00

(bb) radio station

R94 810.37

R0.00

(b) Refer to Annexure A.

Annexure A

Below is the breakdown for entities as per request:

(b) Entities

(i)

(ii)

(aa)

(bb)

(iii)

(iv)

(aa)

(bb)

(aaa)

(bbb)

Amatola Water

None

None

None

None

None

None

None

None

None

None

Bloem Water

None

None

None

None

None

None

None

None

None

None

Lepelle N Water

None

SABC Limpopo Combo

Thobela FM; Phalaphala FM and Munghanalonene

R160 717,21

Capricorn FM

R68 400,00

None

R68 400,00

None

R68 400,00

Magalies Water

None

R53 530.00

None

R53 530.00

None

R9 700.00

None

R9 700.00

R63 230 00

None

Mhlathuze Water

None

None

None

None

None

None

None

None

None

None

Overberg Water

None

None

None

None

None

None

None

None

None

None

Rand Water

None

R 5 221 600 SABC Total

R 4 818 400 SABC TV

R 403 200 SABC Radio

R 586 515 Commercial Radio

R 161 758 Community Total

None

R 161 758 Community Radio

R 5 785 613 for 2015-16

R 184 260 since Apr 2016

Sedibeng Water

None

None

None

None

None

None

None

 

1 July 2016 – 30 March 2016: R523 387.80

1 April 2016 – 31 August 2016:R218 078.30

Umgeni Water

None

None

None

None

None

R135 000 (Community radio stations in July 2016)

None

None

None

R135 000 (Community radio stations in July 2016)

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25 November 2016 - NW2193

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Baker, Ms TE to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)What (a) is the current status of the Ermelo Waste Water Treatment Plant in Mpumalanga and (b) are the results of the water quality tests of the treated effluent in each month since 1 January 2016; (2) whether the specified plant complies with the standards for effluent discharge as regulated by her department; if not, what action has she taken to rectify the situation; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1)(a) The Ermelo Wastewater Treatment Plant is currently receiving 12-16 Ml/day and is designed to handle 10 Ml/day. Overall, the infrastructure of the plant is in a bad condition and this has compromised the sewage treatment process to the extent that substandard effluent is being discharged.

(b) The Green Drop System, which the Department utilizes to monitor compliance levels of wastewater treatment works in the country, shows that the level of compliance for the plant from 01 January 2016 to September 2016 is zero for micro, physical and chemical parameters specific for wastewater effluent.

(2) The effluent from the plant does not comply with the general standard. The Department had meetings with the municipality, inspections were conducted and correspondence was also sent to the municipality. Due to the lack of response from the municipality, a task team (comprising DWS, the Departments of Human Settlements, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Economic Development, Environment and Tourism as well as the District and Local Municipalities) was then established to address the concerns related to the plant. See Tables 1 and 2 below:

Table 1: Correspondence with the Municipality prior to establishment of the task team

DWS Action

Issues raised

Type of communication

Municipality response

Issued communication due to poor water quality discharging into the stream

  • sewage pollution
  • water use authorisation application

Letter dated 23 November 2009

None

Site inspection conducted on 14 July 2010

  • sewage pollution

Section 19 letter dated 19 July 2010

None

Site inspection conducted on 11 Nov 2011

  • sewage pollution at Pet Dam

Meeting held with the

municipality immediately after the inspection

The problem was resolved same day

Site inspection conducted on 14 June 2012

  • sewage spillages and poor effluent quality
  • reporting of pollution incidents
  • incomplete discharge charges forms
  • water use authorisation application
  • Poor attendance of stakeholder forum meetings

Meeting with municipality on 06 August 2012

Raised their challenges

Table 2: Correspondences with the Municipality after establishment of the task team

DWS Action

Issues raised

Type of communication

Municipality response

Issued communication based on the meeting held on 06 August 2012

  • sewage pollution
  • establishment of the Task Team

Letter dated 14 August 2012

None

Follow up

  • reminder to respond

Letter dated 11 October 2012

Submitted insufficient action plan on 14 November 2012

Task Team

Actions from minutes

Meeting on 26 September 2012 at Govan Mbeki Municipality

No feedback, the Municipality sent another person without information

Task Team

Actions from minutes

Meeting on 14 November 2012 at Lekwa Municipality

Attended

Task Team

Actions from minutes

Meeting on 06 February 2013 at Dr Pixley ka Seme Municipality

Did not attend

Issued a communication

  • Non-attendance of Task Team meeting

Letter dated 22 February 2013

None

Task Team

Actions from minutes

Meeting on 12 June 2013 at Gert Sibande District Municipality

Did not attend

Issued a communication

  • Action plan

Letter dated 22 August 2013

None

Assessment of WWTW on 29 October 2013 and 13 March 2014

  • Non-compliance letter

Letter dated 24 March 2014

None

The Department allocated R 44 275 029 million to refurbish the Ermelo Waste Water Treatment Plant in Mpumalanga. The project commenced in November 2015 and is scheduled for completion in January 2017.

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22 November 2016 - NW2259

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Baker, Ms TE to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

With reference to her reply to question 1961 on 7 October 2016, (a) on what statutory grounds was the specified interim transitional committee established, (b) for how long were the members of the specified council appointed, including the (i) Chairperson and (ii) Deputy Chairperson and (c) by what date does she expect to dissolve the specified council?

Reply:

(a) It is the Minister’s prerogative to appoint the Independent Transitional Committee. The Independent Transitional Committee will provide guidance and oversight during the establishment of the single KwaZulu-Natal Water Board.

(b) The members of the Independent Transitional Committee are appointed until such a time the single KwaZulu-Natal Water Board is established.

(c) The members of the Independent Transition Committee term of appointment will end when the single KwaZulu-Natal Water Board is established.

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