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19 October 2015 - NW3293

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

(1)(a)(i) What total amount did her department spend on her travel costs between Gauteng and Cape Town in the 2014-15 financial year and (ii) how many trips did she undertake between Gauteng and Cape Town in the specified financial year and (b) what total amount did her department spend on (i) hotel and (ii) residential or other accommodation for her in (aa) Cape Town and (bb) Pretoria in the 2014-15 financial year; (2) (a)(i) what total amount did her department spend on the Deputy Minister’s travel costs between Gauteng and Cape Town in the 2014-15 financial year and (ii) how many trips did the Deputy Minister undertake between Gauteng and Cape Town in the specified financial year and (b) what total amount did her department spend on (i) hotel and (ii) residential or other accommodation for the Deputy Minister in (aa) Cape Town and (bb) Pretoria in the 2014-15 financial year?

Reply:

The trips undertaken were in line with the Parliamentary and Cabinet Programme as approved by Parliament and Cabinet respectively. The costs for trips undertaken by the Minister and the Deputy Minister were catered for in the 2014/15 financial year under programme 1: Administration.

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19 October 2015 - NW2934

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

(1)Why is the Groblersdal Wastewater Treatment Plant in the Greater Sekhukhune District Municipality not in working order; (2) whether her department has done anything to assist the specified municipality to get the specified plant in working order; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) has any water tests been done at the specified plant’s outlet into the Olifants River since 1 January 2010; if not, why not; if so, what are the results of the specified tests; (4) has she taken any action against the specified municipality or any individual for polluting the river; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (5) what is the specified plant’s current Green Drop status?

Reply:

 

  1. The plant is currently not in working order because the plant was affected by floods during 2014. In addition, theft and vandalism of mechanical and electrical equipment contributed to the plant not working properly.

(2) My Department has not done any intervention since the Greater Sekhukhune District Municipality proactively appointed the Lepelle Northern Water Board under a bulk contract to operate and maintain the plant. The Lepelle Northern Water is in the process of finalizing the appointment of a service provider to refurbish the Works (the process is at adjudication stage of appointment of the service provider). It is envisage that the plant will be fully restored to its normal operational status during December 2015.

(3) Yes, tests have been done at the plant's outlet. Test results are attached as Annexure A.

(4) Yes, a non-compliance notification has been issued to the municipality for not taking reasonable measures to prevent pollution from occurring. However, the municipality is in the process to refurbish mechanical and electrical components of the waste water plants. This is set to improve the quality of effluent prior to discharge.

(5) 29.76 %.

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16 October 2015 - NW3223

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Balindlela, Ms ZB to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

Did National Treasury approve her department’s requested rollover of (a) R1 600 899 000 for Programme 1, 2, 4 and 5 and (b) R1 557 184 000 in respect of each economic classification from the 2014-15 to the 2015-16 financial year; if not, (i) why not and (ii) what is the implication of this decision; if so, when?

Reply:

National Treasury has not yet approved my Department’s request for rollovers of R1 600 899 000 for Programme 1, 2, 4 and 5; and R1 557 184 000 in respect of each economic classification from the 2014-15 to the 2015-16 financial year.

National Treasury will only communicate the outcome of the rollover process on or before 11 September 2015 through the approved allocation letters as per the Guidelines of 2015 Adjustment Estimates of National Expenditure.

The non-approval of the requested rollover funds will necessitate the need for my Department to reprioritise the existing allocations for 2015/16 financial year within the programmes. This will result in the rescheduling of some of the infrastructure projects earmarked for the current year.

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07 October 2015 - NW3538

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

Whether any parts of Botshabelo Section K and Mangaung still use the bucket system; if so, (a) how many and (b) when is her department planning to completely eradicate the use of the bucket system in the specified areas?

Reply:

(a) Botshabelo has a total of 757 Buckets of which 155 are located in Section K. Buckets are scattered throughout the settlement and mostly on informal stands. Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality has a total of 1 347 Bucket toilets to be eradicated.

(b) My Department does not fund Metropolitan Municipalities for sanitation programmes since such municipalities receive the Urban Settlement Development Grant (USDG) from the Department of Human Settlements to attend to issues related to the Built Environment which include the provision of municipal services, roads, human settlements etc.

(c) My Department will monitor the programme by the Metro to eradicate all VIP and Bucket Toilets over the next four years.

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07 October 2015 - NW3486

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

(1)With reference to her reply to question 2727 on 31 August 2015 regarding the building demolition cost of R6 282 853, (a) which buildings were demolished, (b) what was the reason for demolishing each of the specified buildings, (c) when was each specified building demolished and (d) what is the name of the company that demolished each of the specified buildings; (2) (a) what is meant by land matters, (b) what are the relevant details of the breakdown of the R11 815 024 that was spent on the specified land matters and (c) who were the recipients of each specified amount; (3) whether her department has taken any steps to date to dredge the Hazelmere Dam of the silt build-up in an effort to restore the storage capacity of the specified dam in anticipation of rainfall; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1)(a) The following buildings were demolished:

  • Boys' hostel
  • dining hall and Dormitories
  • Green house
  • Fruit room
  • Garage and carport
  • Music room
  • Outside rooms
  • Prayer room
  • Guard house
  • Store room
  • Workshop and storerooms
  • 2x dwellings
  • Garage and rooms.

Other activities under this contract included:

  • Protection of existing graves
  • Construction of a memorial monument
  • Termination and the moving of underground services; sewer, water and electricity
  • Construction of new sewer septic tanks and laying of sewer pipe lines
  • Decommissioning and demolishing of existing sewer septic tanks and
  • Upgrading of the existing alternative access road

(1)(b) The buildings were affected by the raising of the dam wall and were within the dam boundary line.

(1)(c) The buildings were demolished during the contract period, start date 02 February to end date November 2013.

(1)(d) All buildings were demolished by NCG Oosthuizen Investment CC.

(2)(a) All issues related to acquisition of land by my Department.

(2)(b) A review of the cost revealed the changed total as shown in the Table below:

RECIPIENTS

DETAIL BREAKDOWN
EXPENDITURE ON LAND MATTERS
(excl. VAT)

   

Valuator - Turnover Trading 243

R 1 232 758

Land Surveyor - Button & O’Connor INC

R 96 802

Expropriation of properties:

 

Oakford Priory Investments (PTY)

R 10 523 000

Roman Catholic Mission

R 92 447

TOTAL EXPENDITURE

R 11 945 007

(3) My Department did not commence any dredging at Hazelmere as yet. This would be a process to be considered once a dam basin management analyses indicates this to be an economic viable operations option. Continued silt survey records indicated sections of the basin to be prone to sedimentation but this is to be mitigated by the raising of the dam wall.

My Department is in the process of developing dam basin management protocols that will guide on siltation prevention operations as well as dredging where determined as viable.

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07 October 2015 - NW3485

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

(1)Which municipalities in each province have been identified as (a) high-risk and (b) in crisis, with regard to their waste water treatment capacity; (2) whether any remedial action is currently being taken to address the situation in each of the specified high-risk municipalities; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details for each of the municipalities?

Reply:

(1) Please refer to Annexure A below for the list of prioritised plants.

(2) My Department together with all the Provincial Operations Offices has prioritised these Waste Water Treatment Works (WWTW) and are all under regular surveillance. This entails that municipalities will develop Corrective Action Plans for those plants, which will be monitored regularly by the Provincial Operations Offices. Site inspections are conducted and progress reports developed and submitted on a quarterly basis. Over and above, these WWTW are prioritised from the support side and allocation of funds is availed to mitigate against the risk associated with operation of each of the works.

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ANNEXURE A

Region

Municipality

Name of WWTW

Actions Taken by Regulation

Associated Cost

Gauteng

None

     

Kwazulu-Natal

Ilembe DM

Amatikulu

  • Conducted a site inspection and a meeting with the WSA
  • The plant is no longer in operation, it will be decommissioned and deregistered from Green Drop System (GDS)
 
 

Umzinyathi DM

Tugela Ferry

  • Conducted a site inspection
  • Presented inspection findings to the WSA
  • Assisted the WSA to develop an action plan,

and to complete water use registration forms

 
 

uMkhanyakude DM

St Lucia, Bethesda-Ubombo, Hluhluwe, Jozini, Ingwavuma-Mosvold, Manguzi Hospital, Hlabisa Hospital, Mkhuze

  • Conducted site inspections
  • Presented inspection findings to the WSA
  • Assisted WSA to develop an action plan,

and to complete water use registration forms

(all these documents were received by DWS).

 
 

uThukela DM

Ladysmith, Winterton, Escourt, Wembezi, Ezakheni, Bergville,Colenso, Ekuvukeni

  • Conducted site inspections
  • Assisted the WSA to develop an action plan, and

to complete water use registration forms

  • (an action plan was received by DWS, a service

Provider has been appointed to improve the

Operations).

 
 

uThungulu DM

Gingindlovu, Mpushini, Ekhombe Hospital, Ekuphumuleni Hospital, Kwabadala, Mbongolwane Hospital, Owen Sithole College, Umlazi-Mtunzini, Nkandla, Catherine Booth

  • Conducted site inspections
  • Presented inspection findings to the WSA
  • Assisted the WSA to develop an action plan, and to

complete water use registration forms

  • The Region is waiting for the action plan
 
 

Zululand DM

Vryheid-Klipfontein, Emondlo, Coronation, Hlobane

  • Conducted site inspections
  • Presented inspection findings to the WSA
  • Assisted WSA to develop an action plan, and to

complete water use registration forms

  • The Region is waiting for the action plan
 
 

uMzinyathi DM

Tugela Ferry

  • Desludged settling tank; Refurbished aerator motor; Refurbished aerator gearbox; Provision of self-powered chlorinator; Refurbished wasted sludge return mechanism

R810 000

(ACIP)

 

uMkhanyakude DM

St Lucia

  • Refurbished Inlet Works Screens; Replaced Inlet Works ultrasonic flow sensor; Refurbished primary and maturation ponds; Removed sludge and weeds/reeds from primary and maturation ponds; Replaced flow controls/sluices from primary and maturation ponds

R2 686 184 (ACIP)

 

uMkhanyakude DM

Mkhuze

  • Desludged all six ponds; repaired three damaged ponds; Installed new lining in ponds

R1 697 805(ACIP)

 

uMkhanyakude DM

Bethesda-Ubombo,

  • Municipality refurbished plant using own funds
 
 

uMkhanyakude DM

Hluhluwe

  • Earmarked for refurbishment in the 2015/2016 national financial year

R5 million (budget) (ACIP)

 

uMkhanyakude DM

Jozini

  • Installation of chlorination system; Structural repairs to all ponds and desludging and disposal; Fencing and Security Gates

R2 022 000 (WSOS)

 

uMkhanyakude DM

Ingwavuma-Mosvold

  • Municipality refurbished plant using own funds
 
 

uMkhanyakude DM

Hlabisa Hospital

  • Municipality refurbished plant using own funds
 
 

uThukela DM

Escourt

  • Refurbish Ultrasonic Flow Sensor; Bridge Corrosion protection; Refurbish bridge drive motor and gearbox;
  • Refurbish central bearing assembly; Refurbish desludge valves and pipework; Degrit and clean; Refurbish circulation pumps; Refurbish external pipework; Bridge Corrosion protection;
  • Refurbish bridge drive motor and gearbox; Refurbish central bearing assembly;
  • Refurbish desludge valves and pipework

R4 260 000 (ACIP)

 

uThukela DM

Winterton

  • Refurbish inlet screens; Bridge Corrosion protection;
  • Refurbish bridge drive motor and gearbox; Refurbish desludge valves and pipework; Refurbish sludge pumps and motors and pipework/valves

R1 200 000 (ACIP)

 

uThukela DM

Wembezi

  • Replace submersible pump.
  • To refurbish grit openchsnnel flume,weed control,flow control/sluit,sludge removal.

R960 000 (ACIP)

 

uThukela DM

Ezakheni

  • Refurbish 2 No. 30kW pumps; Refurbish ultrasonic flow sensor; Refurbish aerator motors (2 No.) and gearbox (1 No.); Refurbish Mixer
  • General corrosion protection
  • Replace access railings; Bridge corrosion protection and replace bridge drive motor
  • Refurbish bridge drive gearbox; Refurbish central bearing assembly
  • Refurbish desludge valves, pipework

R3 340 000 (ACIP)

 

uThukela DM

Colenso

  • Replaced pump motors and gearboxes; Replaced open channel flume; Refurbish Aerator Motors in both basins
  • Replace aerator gearboxes in both basins; Refurbish mixers in both basins; Replace Access Rails on each basin; Refurbish flow control sluices
  • Weed control - rehabilitate

R3 390 000 (ACIP)

 

uThukela DM

Ekuvukeni

  • Refurbish inlet screens
  • Refurbish grit removal system
  • Refurbish ultrasonic flow sensor; R efurbish flow control valves; Refurbish aerator motor and gearbox;
  • General corrosion protection
  • Replace handrailing; Refurbish mixer; Refurbish bridge drive gearbox;
  • Refurbish bridge drive motor;
  • Refurbish central bearing assembly; Refurbish desludge valves, pipework; Bridge corrosion protection

R1 350 000 (ACIP)

 

uThukela DM

Ladysmith

  • Earmarked for refurbishment in the 2015/2016 national financial year

R3 890 000 (ACIP)

 

uThungulu DM

Kwabadala

  • To replace inlet screens, ultrasonic flow sensor, flow controles/sluicecabling and recorders.
  • To refurbish ponds remove weeds/reeds,reinstate ponds.

R960 000

(ACIP)

 

uThungulu DM

Owen Sithole College

  • Refurbish screens; Replace ultrasonic flow sensor and flume; Replace cabling and recorder; Replace aerator motor and gearbox; Replace mixer; Corrosion protection of plant/handrrailing; Replace bridge corrosion protection;
  • Refurbish bridge drive motor and gearbox; Replace desludge valves and pipework

R1 120 000

(ACIP)

 

uThungulu DM

Catherine Booth

  • Replace inlet screen, ultrasonic flow sensor and flume.; To refurbish ponds, ponds, chlorinator, general buiking upgrade. To replace flow controls/sluice,general building upgrade

R490 000

(ACIP)

 

uThungulu DM

Ekuphumuleni Hospital

  • Refurbish screens,bridge drive motor and gearbox. Replace ultrasonic flow sensor and flume. Replace bridge corrosion protection, desludge valves and pipework.

R490 000

(ACIP)

 

uThungulu DM

Mbongolwane Hospital

  • To refurbish grit removal,inlet screen,ultrasoni flow sensor. To replace motors and gearboxes,mixer,switchgear and cabling. To refurbish chlorinator and scales.

R560 000

(ACIP)

 

Zululand DM

Emondlo

  • To refurbish access rails,pipework and valves,switchgear. Ro refurbish pumps and motor, chlorinator,desludge valves,deslidge valves. To refurbish central bearing,bridge corrosion and replace mixer.

R820 000

(ACIP)

 

Coronation

Zululand DM

  • Refurbish Inlet Screens;
  • Replace ultrasonic sensor and cabling and recorder;
  • Refurbish bridge drive motor and gearbox; Refurbish desludge valves and pipework; Bridge corrosion protection; Refurbish aerator motor and gear box; Replace mixer; Refurbish cabling and switchgear; Replace access rails/hand rails; Replace chlorinator; Replace gas leak detection; Replace scales;
  • Corrosion protection

R1 640 000

(ACIP)

Limpopo

Mookgopong LM

Thusang Ponds

   
 

Sekhukhune DM

Groblersdal, Dennilton, Motetema Ponds, Monsterlus-Hlogotlou, Elandkraal, Leeufontein-Mokganyaka, Marble Hall, Jane Furse-Glen Cowie, Phokwane Ponds, Nebo Ponds, Meckleberg-Moroke Ponds

  • RRU Support funding only assisted the following Waste water treatment works in drafting the Risk abatement plan: Lephalale Local Municipality (4 x systems, Zongesien, Witpoort, Paarl, and Monyeke), Vhembe District Municipality (2 x systems Thohoyandou and Makhado), Sekhukhune District Municipality (1 x system, Motetema) and Polokwane Local Municipality
    (1 x system, Mankweng).
  • A workshop was conducted with 4 WSAs that scored below 30% to further clarify the improvement plans required as stipulated in the Assessment report. WSAs were requested to submit an action plan to improve its performance in the underperforming areas as indicated above. Only two (2) WSAs complied, Mopani & Thabazimbi and the region to further assist the three remaining WSA’s to submit their action plans.
  • Through Water Services Operating Grant (WSOG) the department is assisting three WSAs in refurbishment of their WWTW: Polokwane LM ( Seshego, Mankweng WWTW ), Sekhukhune DM (Dennilton, Motetema, Practiseer, Penge and Mapodile Ponds) and Capricorn DM( Lebowakgomo Ponds)

RRU Support:

Lephalale LM: R135 501.

Vhembe DD: R107 140.

Sekhukhune DM:R40 000.

Polokwane LM: R58 717

Sub-total: R341 358.

WSOG:

Polokwane:R14,5Million

Sekhukhune: R14,66million

Capricorn: R4 Million

Sub-total: R33,160 Million

Grand Total: R33,5Million

 

Mopani DM

Giyani , Ga-Kgapane, Modjadjl-Duiwelskloof, Senwamokgope Ponds, Phalaborwa, Lulekani, Lenyenye, Nkowankowa, Namakgale

   
 

Thabazimbi LM

Rooiberg, Northam

   
 

Vhembe DM

Louis Trichardt-Makhado, Makhado-Dzanani Ponds, Waterval-Makhado, Mutale Ponds, Malamulele, Thokoyandou, Tsifulanani Ponds, Mhinga, Nancefield

   
 

Capricorn LM

Sewabarwana Oxidation ponds

 

R4 m (ACIP)

 

Lephalale LM

 

Re-engineering of sewer network in Lephalale town

R6 m (ACIP)

 

Sekhukhune DM

 

Upgrade of WWTW at Greater Tubaste LM

R5 m (ACIP)

     

To dedicated to WWTW flaged high risk by 2013 Green drop report

R5.2 m (ACIP)

Mpumalanga

Mbombela LM

Kabokweni

   
 

DR JS Moroka LM

Vaalbank Oxidation Pond

No support due to the fact that the Oxidation Pond only services Vaalbank SAPS (Police) Station.

N/A

 

Albert Luthuli LM

Mpuluzi-Mayflower, Elukwatini-Eerstehoek, Carolina

Carolina

  • Upgrading of pumps
  • Refurbishment of the chlorination system
  • Refurbishment of aerators
  • Building renovations
  • Cleaning of dams
  • Repairs to the inlet works

Follow up Inspection

Holding of monthly project progress meetings until to the end of the project

R2.098million

(ACIP)

 

Nkomazi LM

Mhlatikop, Komatipoort, Hector Spruit

Mhlatikop

  • Installation of palisade fencing
  • Construction of mini lab
  • Installation of blowers
  • Upgrading of the inlet works
  • Replacement of pumps
  • Installation of a new chlorine system and shower
  • Installation of flow meters
  • Renovation of buildings

Komatipoort

  • Cleaning of the ponds
  • Installation of a new chlorination system
  • Construction of a pump house and upgrading of pumps at Spar pump station
  • Construction of a pump house and upgrading of pumps at Orlando Spar pump station
  • Construction of a pump house and upgrading of pumps at Crocodile pump station
  • Construction of the Guard house
  • Related pipe works
  • Renovations to buildings

Follow up Inspection

Holding of monthly project progress meetings until to the end of the project

R5.68million (ACIP)

R11.53million (ACIP)

 

Thembisile Hani LM)

KwaMhlanga Ponds (East) , KwaMhlanga (West

  • Installation of flow meters
  • Upgrade of the outlet works.
  • Installation of disinfection system.
  • Process audit and optimization of the works
  • Construction of fencing and a guardhouse with
  • office and ablution unit
  • Sludge removal

Follow up Inspection

Holding of monthly project progress meetings until to the end of the project

R3.3million (WSOSG)

 

PixleykaSeme LM

Amersfoort, Perdekop, Volksrust, Vukuzakhe, Wakkerstroom

   
 

Emalahleni LM All 7 plants

Ga-Nala,Rietspruit,Phola, Riverview,Klipspruit,Naawpoort,Ferrobank

RIVERVIEW WWTW:

Inlet WWTW;

  • Installation of new mechanical screen replacing the non functional one
  • Installation of safety grid over open channel.
  • Supply new screen bin.

Primary Settling Tank (PST);

  • Repair Scrum scraper blade.
  • Replace scum removal rubbers.

2 X Small Digesters;

  • Clean digesters.
  • Replace 5 gate valves with new ones.
  • Replace all existing steel pipe work from sludge pump station to digesters.
  • Replace sludge feed and draw off work.
  • Replace hand rails.

1 x Larger Digester;

  • Clean out the digester

Sludge Pump Station;

  • Extension of sludge feed pipe line to both sumps;
  • Replacement of existing KSB sludge pump with motor pump set.
  • Supply and install safety covers over couplings of two pumps.

Aeration Pond;

  • Clean out aeration basin.
  • Supply and install new electric motors for the floating aerators.
  • Supply and install of holding ropes.
  • Replace corroded mild steel pipe sections with stainless steel pipes.
  • Supply and install of two blank flanges fitted with jetting nozzles

Drying Beds;

  • Replace of 32 hand stops on 8 drying beds of 1st section.
  • Replace of 24 hand stops on 12 drying beds of 2nd section

2 X Bio-Filters;

  • Replace centre column and filter arm pipes of bio filter 1.
  • Clean arms and level arms of bio filter 2.

Screw Pump;

  • Replacement of bottom bearing.
  • Replacement of electric motor with 1410 rpm unit.

Final Settling Tank;

  • Repair scum draw off valve mechanism.

Submersible Pumps;

  • Supply and install new 2 submersible pumps.

Humus Pump Station;

  • Replace obsolete pump motor set with suitable equipment.
  • Replace existing pump set.

Inlet Work – electrical Equipment;

  • Moving of inlet flow meter to new (suitable) position.

Stand-By Generator;

  • Supply and install 94 kV diesel powered generator.
  • Supply change over panel from mains to generator

Palisade Walling;

  • Supply and install the new palisade walling around entire plant
  • Supply and installation of the manual sliding gate

Follow up Inspection

Holding of monthly project progress meetings until to the end of the project

R5.54 million (ACIP)

     

FERROBANK WWTW:

  • Refurbishment of drying beds covering the area of 4920 m2.
  • Refurbishment of mechanical screen
  • Calibration of outlet flow and sludge pump ultrasonic flow meter.
  • Cleaning and unblocking humus tanks.

Primary Treatment;

  • Refurbishment of three Primary. Settling Tanks (3 x PSTs); i.e. cleaning and unblocking of PST #5, #6, and #7.

Secondary Treatment;

  • Mechanical refurbishments of four Bio Filters, i.e. bio filter #1, #2, #3 and #4.

Follow up Inspection

Holding of monthly project progress meetings until to the end of the project

R5million (ACIP)

 

Bushbuckridge LM

Acornhoek, Dwarsloop, Hoxane, Maviljan, Tintswalo, Mkhuhlu, Thulamahashe

   
 

Msukaligwa LM

BreytenPonds,Breyten ASP,Chrissiesmeer,Davel, Ermelo,Lothair

Breyten

  • Refurbishment of the RAS pumps
  • Refurbishment of inlet pumps
  • Refurbishment of the Aerators shaft and blades
  • Calibratiojn of ultrasonic flow meters
  • Cleaning of the chlorine contact tank
  • Installation of the emergency shower
  • Refurbishment of Aerator gearbox
  • Refurbishment of Aerator motors
  • Refurbishment of drive wheel bearing on SST

Follow up Inspection

Holding of monthly project progress meetings until to the end of the project

R2.2million (ACIP)

 

Lekwa LM

Morgenzon, Standerton

Standerton

  • Refurbishment of inlet works
  • Refurbishment of 15KW GR pumps
  • Installation of one 15KW GR pump
  • Refurbish MCC (install soft starter,
    motor control unit)
  • Refurbishment of the PST
  • Flushing of biofilters

Follow up Inspection

Holding of monthly project progress meetings until to the end of the project

R1.7million (ACIP)

 

Dipaleseng LM

Balfour,Grootvlei Eskom,Greylingstad,Grootvlei Mine

Balfour

  • Installation of Aerator no 4 motor and gearbox
  • Installation of vertical spindle mixer no2
  • Installation of two RAS pumps 2.5 and 4.5KW both immersible pumps
  • Refurbishment of the SST
  • Refurbishment of aerator no3

Greylingstad

  • Calibration of inlet flow meters
  • Service and repair bearings on brush aerator
  • New submersible WAS/recycle pump (estimated 5.5kW)
  • New submersible mixer (estimated 2.5 kW)
  • Rebuild effluent flow meter weir
  • Install doors to office building bathroom
  • Install geyser and hot water plumbing to shower

Follow up Inspection

Holding of monthly project progress meetings until to the end of the project

R1.15million (ACIP)

R0.591million (ACIP)

 
  • Thaba Chwue LM
  • Lydenburg WWTW
  • Refurbishment of Lydenburg WWTW
  • R 6. 971 m (ACIP)
 
  • Emakhazeni LM
  • Machadodrop WWTW
  • Refurbishment of Machadodrop WWTW
  • R 4. 603 m (ACIP)
 
  • Lekwa LM
  • Morgenzon WWTW
  • Refurbishment of Morgenzon WWTW
  • R 3. 415 m (ACIP)
 
  • Dr Pixley ka Seme
  • Wakkerstroom WWTW
  • Refurbishment of Wakkerstroom WWTW
  • R 1. 424 m (ACIP)
         
 
  • Dipaleseng
 
  • Balfour Wastewater Treatment Works
  • All these plants are prioritized under RBIG for the implementation in the third quarter of 2015/16 financial year
 
  • Victor Khanye
 
  • Upgrade of Delmas Waste Water
 
 
  • Victor Khanye
 
  • Upgrade of Botleng Waste Water
 
         

Free State

  • Tswelopele LM
  • Hoopstad, Builtfontein
  • B/G Drop task team established
 
 

Mantsopa LM

Tweespruit, Thaba Patchoa

Tweespruit: site inspection conducted on 12 March 2015. Non compliance letter dated 30 March 2015 issued. No pre-directive or directive issued

B/G Drop task team established

 
 

Matjhabeng LM

Welkom

Refurbishment of Mamahabane Waste Water Treatment Works: Project to start in 2015/16 financial year. Completion expected in March 2016

Upgrading of sewer network in Kutlwanong Stadium area: Project to start in 2015/16 financial year. Completion expected in March 2016

B/G Drop task team established

R3,000,000.00

R3,352,000.00

 

Mafube LM

Namahadi

Upgrading of Namahadi WWTW. The project has been divided into two phases. Phase 1 is more bulk sewer lines and pump stations. Phase 2 is more on upgrading of WWTW. Currently we are on Phase1 which is 35%

B/G Drop task team established

R120,000,000.00

 

Mohokare LM

Rouxville, Smithfield

B/G Drop task team established

 
 

Metsimaholo LM

Deneysville

Deneysville WWTW: Construction of outfall sewer line. The project is at 75%

B/G Drop task team established

R8,000,000.00

 

Dihlabeng LM

Bethlehem

Refurbishment of Bethlehem WWTW: Project completed December 2012

B/G Drop task team established

R2,441,000.00

 

Moqhaka LM

Mashaeng, Mautse

Refurbishment of Kroonstad WWTW. Plant not operational. Project has started, but, not much progress to date. Completion is expected in March 2016

Upgrading of Kroonstad sewer line. Project to be completed in March 2016.

B/G Drop task team established

R36,000,000.00

 

Phumelela LM

Warden, Memel, Vrede

Refurbishment of Warden WWTW. Project completed December 2014 and the plant was operational after intervention

Refurbishment of Vrede WWTW. Project completed December 2014 and the plant was operational after intervention

B/G Drop task team established

R6,560,000.00

R2,700,000.00

 

Tokologo LM

Boshof, Hertzogville, Dealesville

B/G Drop task team established

 
 

Nketoana LM

Arlington, Lindley / Ntha, Petrus Steyn, Reitz

Refurbishments of Petrus Steyn Transfer sewer pump station. Project completed March 2015 and pump station operational

Refurbishment of Lindley and Reitz sewer pump stations. Contractor appointed and implementation to start May 2015

B/G Drop task team established

R1, 800,000.00

R4, 275,000.00

 

Letsemeng LM

Koffiefontein, Jacobsdal, Petrusburg, Luckhoff

Refurbishment of Koffiefontein WWTW: Project under implementation and progress is at 95% and completion planned for end August 2015

B/G Drop task team established

R3,100,000.00

 

Ngwathe LM

Parys, Vredefort, Koppies, Heilbron

Parys: last site inspection conducted in May 2014. The contractor that was busy with the refurbishment was no longer on site and completed his job according to the scope of work. No pre-directive or directive issued

Vredefort: last site inspection conducted in May 2014. On the day of the inspection the contractor was on site at the WWTWs and he indicated that he was finishing up on the work that he did at the plant as well as the pump station. No pre-directive or directive issued

Koppies: Last inspection conducted in September 2013. Major part of the plant was operational with a few infrastructures not operational. Major concern was that there was no chlorination taking place. No pre-directive or directive issued

Heilbron: last site inspection conducted in May 2014. Part of the upgraded plant was completed and operational during the inspection. The process controller mentioned that it was about two months since they have been using the upgraded plant. No pre-directive or directive issued

Refurbishment of Vredefort WWTW: Drying beds have been completed and panel installed, pump stations are refurbished, project expected for completion May 2015.

Refurbishment of Parys sewer: project was completed March 2014 through MIG

B/G Drop task team established

R16,400,000.00

 

Masilonyana LM

Brandfort, Masilo, Verkeerdevlei, Winburg

Brandfort: Last site inspection was conducted in January 2015 and Bloemwater was on site busy with the refurbishment at the plant. No pre-directive or directive issued

  • Refurbishment Theunissen sewer outfall and pump station: Upgrading of the pipe line has been completed
  • Refurbishment Brandfort sewer outfall and pump station: Project is at 95% completion and the sewer spillage has been dealt with.
  • Refurbishment of Winburg sewer transfer pump station and Verkeerdevlei sewer outfall pipe line: refurbishment of the pump station has been completed and upgrading of Verkeerdevlei outfall sewer line is at 85%
  • Upgrading of Winburg WWTW was completed through MIG

B/G Drop task team established

R1,000,000.00

R3,290,000.00

R1,520,000.00

 

Nala LM

Bothaville, Wesselsbron

Construction of a WWTW in Wesselsbron/Monyakeng: Project under implementation and is at 40% and planned to be completed December 2015

B/G Drop task team established

R46,000,000.00

 

Naledi LM

Dewetsdorp, Van Stadensrus, Wepener

  • Refurbishment of Wepener WWTW. The project was completed March 2014.
  • Upgrading of Wepener sewer outfall and refurbishment of two sewer pump stations: This is a new project for the 2015/16 financial year and implementation is expected to start June 2015

B/G Drop task team established

R2,250,000.00

R3,600,000.00

 

Setsoto LM

Ficksburg, Clocolan, Marquard, Senekal

  • Refurbishment of Clocolan WWTW : The refurbishment of the WWTW and three sewer pump station was completed in July 2014
  • Upgrading of Ficksburg Sewer: The project entailed the upgrading of the main sewers and connection of toilets to the sewer system. The project divided into phases due to funding limitations and the last phase which is phase 3 was completed in June 2014 and there are more sewers that still need to be attended to in future. Project completed July 2014

B/G Drop task team established

R5,800,000.00

R16,900,000.00

         
 

Kopanong

 

Phillipolis retrofitting

R 308 (ACIP)

 

Ngwethe LM

 

Refurbishment of Koppies WWTW

R 2. 500 m (ACIP)

         
 

Moqhaka LM

 

Moqhaka Bulk Sewer

All these plants are prioritized under RBIG for the implementation in the third quarter of 2015/16 financial year

 

Ngwathe LM

 

Ngwathe Bulk Sewer

 
 

Tokologo LM

 

Hertzogville Sewer

 
 

Tokologo LM

 

Dealsville Waste Water Package Plant

 
 

Naledi LM

 

Dewetsdorp Sewer

 
 

Mafube LM

 

Frankfort Bulk Sewer

 
 

Mafube LM

 

Tweeling Sewer Pumpstation

 
 

Ngwathe LM

 

Heilbron Sewer and Pumpstation

 
 

Mohokare LM

 

Rouxville Outfall Sewer

 
 

Phumelela LM

 

Memel Refurbishment WWTW and Sewer

 
 

Phumelela LM

 

Memel Refurbishment WWTW

 
 

Masilonyana LM

 

Winburg Upgrading WWTW

 
 

Nketoana LM

 

Petrus Steyn Refurbishment WWTW

 
 

Nketoana LM

 

Petrus Steyn Upgrading WWTP

 
 

Nketoana LM

 

Arlington Refurbishment WWTW

 
 

Nketoana LM

 

Reitz Upgrading WWTP

 
 

Mafube LM

 

Frankfort Bulk Sewer

 
 

Metsimaholo LM

 

Upgrading of Deneysville WWTW

 
 

Mathjabeng LM

 

Mathjabeng Bulk sewer

 

Northern Cape

Kamiesberg LM

Garies;Kamieskroon

RBIG

Vanderkloof: New WWTW under construction.

Petrusville: Identified as part of the RBIG priority list.

Fraserburg: Identified as part of the RBIG priority list.

Colesberg: upgrade complete March 2014.

Keimoes: Identified as part of the RBIG priority list.

(ACIP)

Petrusville: Refurbishment of WWTW.(March 2014)

Port Nolloth: refurbishment of sewer Pump station. (March 2014)

Douglas: Refurbishment of oxidation ponds and pump stations.(March 2015)

Groblershoop:

Poffadder: Refurbishment of pump stations and sewage truck.(March 2014)

Nababeep: refurbishment Pump station (March 2013)

Olifantshoop: refurbishment Pump station (March 2013)

DWS EXP:

 

R 4 816 000 (budget: R 23 231 000) (Vanderkloof)

R18 604 000 (Colesberg) (DWS)

 

R 1 525 913.

(Petrusville ACIP)

R 2 810 000.

(Port Nolloth ACIP

R11 566 000 (Douglas ACIP)

R3 792 000. (Poffadder ACIP)

 

R1 700 000. (Nababeep ACIP)

R1 980 000. (Olifantshoop ACIP)

 

Renosterberg LM

Vanderkloof,Petrusville,Philipstown

   
 

Mier LM

Rietfontein,Askham,Loubos

   
 

Karoo Hoogland LM

Williston,Fraserburg,Sutherland

   
 

Richersveld LM

Port Nolloth

   
 

Umsobomvu LM

Colesburg, Noupoort

   
 

Siyancuma LM

Douglas,Griekwastad,Schmidtsdrift

   
 

Kareeberg LM

Carnavon, Vosburg

   
 

Ubuntu LM

Richmond

   
 

!Kheis LM

Groblershoop,Brandboom,Wegdraai, Topline, Grootdrink

   
 

Khai-Ma LM

Pofadder

   
 

!Kai !Garib LM

Keimoes

   
 

NamaKhoi LM

Nababeep

   
 

Siyathemba LM

Prieska

   
 

Joe Morolong LM

Van Zylrust

   
 

Umsobomvu LM

Colesburg, Noupoort (repeat)

   
 

Hantam LM

Middelpos

   
 

Joe Morolong LM

Hotazel

   
 

Ubuntu LM

Richmond

   
 

Gamagara LM

Dibeng, Olifantshoek

   
 

Siyancuma LM

 

Refurbishment of waste water pumpstation

R 4. 000 m (ACIP)

 

Dikgatlong Lm

 

Refurbishment of Delportshoop WWTW

R 3. 222 m (ACIP)

 

Kamiesberg LM

 

Refurbishment of Kheis evapouration ponds

R 662 (ACIP)

     

Refurbishment of Klipfontein evapouration ponds

R 604 (ACIP)

North West

Moretele LM

Swartdam

Follow up inspection conducted on 24/03/2014

 
 

Kgetleng River LM

Swartruggens, Koster

Department provided funding for refurbishment of the Koster Oxidations Ponds, desludging and cleaning of the lagoons, the upgrading of the inlet works and the refurbishment of the recirculation pumps. The upgrading of a new Koster WWTW is at design stage. Follow up inspection for Koster WWTW was conducted on 30/08/2014

FY2014: R6 000 000

FY2015: R7 850 000

 

Dr Ruth Mompati DM

Vryburg, SchweizerReneke, Bloemhof

Department provided funding to refurbish the Bloemhof WWTW, Work included the repair of the biological filter arms for filter no. 1 and 2. Cleaning of the anaerobic ponds and restoring of sludge drainage equipment, repair of electrical works at inlet works and old works pump controls, repairs to inlet works mechanical equipment including mechanical raking system and de-gritting system, and servicing of pumps in main pump station.

FY2015: R2 954 533

     

The Vryburg WWTW refurbishment business plan was developed and evaluated for the 2015/16 financial year ACIP allocation.

 
     

Follow up inspections for Schweizer Reneke and Bloemhof WWTWs were conducted on 06/06/2014.

 
 

Ngaka Modiri Molema DM

Coligny, Lichtenburg, Itsoseng, Mafikeng, Mmabatho, Zeerust, Delareyville, Sannieshof, Ottosdal, Atamelang

The Business plan has been developed and submitted for funding consideration under ACIP for the refurbishment of Mafikeng WWTW.

 
     

Follow up inspections for Coligny, Lichtenburg, Itsoseng, Mafikeng, Mmabatho, Zeerust, Delareyville, Sannieshof, Ottosdal and Atamelang WWTWs were conducted on 10-11/02/2015

 
 

Moses Kotane LM

Mogwase, Madikwe

Follow up inspection for Mogwase WWTW was conducted on 31/03/2014

 
 

Maquassi Hills LM

Leeudoringstad, Wolmaranstad, Agisanang

Department provided funding for the upgrade of Maquassi WWTW from 4Ml/d to 9 Ml/d .The project is under construction.

R 130 million

     

Follow up inspection for Wolmaranstad WWTW was conducted on 19/02/2014

 
 

Dr RSM DM

 

Bray sewer pump upgrade

R 1. 462 m (ACIP)

 

Dr RSM DM

 

Bloemhof Phase 2

R 3. 500 m (ACIP)

 

Dr RSM DM

 

Refurbishment of sludge drying beds at Vryburg (Naledi)

R 2. 050 m (ACIP)

 

Dr RSM DM

 

Upgrading of booster sewage pumping station in vryburg

R 1. 672 m (ACIP)

 

Ngaka MM DM

 

Refurbishment of Mafikeng and Mmabatho WWTW and sewage pumping stations

R 5. 000 m (ACIP)

Western Cape

Beaufort West LM

Murraysburg

Beaufort West:

(b) Introduction and background:

Although Murraysburg WWTW falls under

Beaufort West Municipality in Western Cape Province, it also falls under Mzimvubu- Tsitsikama CMA which is controlled from the Eastern Cape Provincial Operations. Therefore their authorization is supposed to be handled by Eastern Cape Provincial Operations. Murraysburg WWTW was recently inherited by Beaufort Municipality from Central Karoo District Municipality.

Initial site inspection:

Initial site inspection was done on 20 May 2014, a feedback letter was written to the municipality with recommendations on how they can improve their shortfalls. An email was also sent with the recommendations (see attached), and a feedback meeting was also done to discuss the recommendations and progress with implementation of the recommendations (see attached). A file note was also written and filed (see attached).

(c) Follow up site inspection:

A follow up site inspection was done on 19 January 2015 (see attached 2nd file note). This was done to find out if any of the initial recommendations have been addressed and the progress to date.

Cost incurred include accommodation and transport for the official

 

Matzikama LM

Bitterfontein, Nuwerus

Matsikama:

(b) Site inspection was conducted for Matzikama LM which included inspections of Bitterfontein and Nuwerus in 2014 and recommendations were made in the form a feedback letter. The noted non compliances included registration of systems and operational issues like the frequency of cleaning of screens. All units were in working order.

(c)Follow – up was done in terms of registration of the systems and the current status which reflects that the two works has been authorized under GA.

 
 

Theewaterskloof LM

Greyton

Theewaterskloof

(b) Site inspection was conducted for all the WWTWs in Theewaterskloof including Greyton Oxidation pond System. Feedback letter was send to the Municipality with the recommendations to improve poor maintenance status and improve data submissions of Greyton WWTW.

(c) Follow up was in a form of monitoring of data on GDS and Improvement for data compliance on the green dropd system (GDS) was acknowledged after recommendations send to the municipality. With regards to authorization the works is not yet authorized but they have applied through Breede-Gouritz Catchment Management

 
 

Bergrivier LM

Eendekuil

Bergrivier:

Eendekuil a site inspection was done in 2014. The finding included non compliance with the regulation 2834 regarding number of Process controllers the works is required to have and qualifications. Then section 141 of National Water Act 1998 with regards to data submission on to the GDS and section 19 of NWA 1998 with regards to pollution prevention poor maintenance of the ponds resulting to the accumulation of sludge in the primary pond. The feedback letter was written with the recommendations.

The follow up site inspections has not taken place. But through the monitoring of the GDS and the data is no being loaded into the system ever since.

 
 

Cederberg LM

Graffwater, Elands Bay, Wupperthal, Algeria

Cederberg:

On the 20 November 2014 the municipality was assisted with GDS training which was upon request by the municipality. Site inspections were conducted on all four systems Graffwater, Elands Bay, Wupperthal, Algeria. The feedback letter was written and sent to the municipality and the action plan was received by the department for all their works.

Follow up site inspection has not yet taken place

 
 

Bergrivier LM

Porteville WWTW

Refurbishment and upgarde of Porteville WWTW

R 2.843 m (ACIP funding)

 

Hesseque LM

Albertina WWTW

Refurbishment of Albertina WWTW

R 3. 000 m (ACIP funding)

Eastern Cape

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Chris Hani DM

Molteno, Cradock, Lady Frere, Middelburg,

Tsomo

• Non compliance letters sent to WSA,

• Compliance

Assessment have

been conducted to check progress,

• Training provided for

Green Drop system,

• Advisory support has been given,

• Action Plan not submitted by the WSA's.

Engcobo wwtw =

R1,948m (ACIP-14/15) + R1,2 m-

(ACIP 13/14)

       

Molten - pump station = R3,5m- (ACIP14/15)

Sterkstroom wwtw R3m- (ACIP 13/14),

Tsomo wwtw priority for RRU (total RRU funds for wwtw is R 3.5m for whole Province),

 

Baviaans LM

Rietbron

• Engagement was

done with the WSA

but no progress.

Willowmore wwtw R4,147m (ACIP-12/13),

• Rietbron wwtw priority for RRU.

 

Alfred Nzo DM

Cedarville, Bizana, Ntabankulu

• Compliance

Inspection have been

done,

• Continued engagements are

happening.

• Training on green drop system.

• Action Plan has been provided by the WSA.

Ntabankulu wwtw

targeted for RRU.

 

Sundays River

Valley LM

Enon-Bethesda

• Compliance inspection

have been conducted,

• Non compliance letter issued,

• Re-Training provided

on the green drop

system.

Nil for wwtw

 

KouKamma LM -

Coldstream_!.Misgl.Jnd, St()rms River We !,

Clarkson, Kareedouw-

  • Compliance Inspection has been done.

• Non compliance

letters have been

issued

• IE has been engaged to deal with

Authorizations.

• No action plans submitted by WSA.

R2,930m - Refurbishment of Louterwater (ACIP-15/16)

 

Blue Crane LM

Cookhouse, Pearston, Somerset East

• Compliance Inspections have been done

• Non compliance letters have been

issued.

• No action plans submitted by WSA.

Somerset East wwtw R10 OOO m= (ACIP-13/14) & outfall sewer

R6,243,156m- (ACIP-12/13)

 

ORTambo OM

Flastaff, Lusikisiki,Mqanduli,Mthatha,Ngqeleni,PortSt Johns,Qumbu, Tsolo

• Compliance

Inspections have been

conducted.

• Non compliance letters have been

issued,

• Training has been provided for Green drop

• No action plan submitted.

Port St Johns wwtw

prioritized for RRU.

 

Ndlambe LM

Alexandria/Kwanonkqu, Nolukhanyo, Bushmans Marselle, Port Alfred,

/Ekuphumleni

  • Non compliance letter have been issued

• Training for green drop undertaken.

• No action plan submitted by the WSA

Port Alfred pump stations R4,5m-(ACIP 14/15),

Kenton-on-sea pump stations R1,75m- (ACIP 13/14),

Alexandria prioritized for RRU,

 

Kouga LM

 

Refurbishment of 3 sewer pump station in Jeffrey's Bay

R 4. 535 m (ACIP funding)

 

Ikwezi LM

 

Refurbishment of Sewer pumpstation at Janseville & Klipplaat

R 3.350 m (ACIP funding)

 

Amathole DM

 

Refurbishment of Fort Beaufort Sewage Pump station and optimisation WWTW - Phase 1

R 3. 5 m (ACIP)

Gauteng

Randfonttein LM

Randfontein WWTW

refurbushment of Randfontein WWTW

R 5.000 m (ACIP)

         

07 October 2015 - NW3419

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More, Ms E to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

Whether her department meets the Government’s 2% employment equity target for the employment of persons with disabilities that was set in 2005; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

Currently, my Department is not meeting the set targets of 2% for the employment of people with disabilities.

However my Department has in 2012, established an Employment Equity (EE) Forum which developed and an approved EE Plan to address issues of gender and disability.

Since the inception of the forum in 2012 there has been a slow but significant movement in the appointment of people with disabilties from 0.28% in April 2011 to 0.76% as at April 2014. Currently, the percentatge of people with disabilities as at July 2015 is 0.78%. (see below movement of appointment PWDs)

My Department plans to target vacant funded posts when advertising for people with disabilities in the future to reach the target of 2% or more, and also work closely with the Directorate Gender and Mainstreaming to address isues of gender and disabilities.

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07 October 2015 - NW3383

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

Whether each water board in the country has an essential service agreement in place; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details of each such agreement?

Reply:

Amatola Water

Amatola Water does not have an existing agreement of essential services as this matter is currently being discussed at the Amanzi Bargaining Council in an attempt to have a standardised approach amongst all the Water Boards.

Bloem Water

Bloem Water has an Essential Services Agreement as negotiated with labour, facilitated by the Council for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA). The agreement specifies categories of employment designated as essential services such as treatment, security, pipeline teams and artisans. The Amanzi Bargaining Council is currently attending to an Essential Services framework as a guideline for adoption by respective water boards having identified their designated job categories.

Lepelle Northern Water

Lepelle Northern Water (LNW) does not have an Essential Service Agreement. This is due to the fact that organised Labour within LNW is refusing to engage on the same in order to sign one. Organised labour’s reason for refusal is that the agreement is divisive. In case of threatened industrial action we rely on clause 1 (d) of government gazette no 18276, vol 387 dated 12 September 1997 read together with chapter iv of the Labour Relations Act 66 of 1995 as amended.

Magalies Water

Magalies Water does not have an essential services agreement. A draft agreement is in place for all Water Boards at Amanzi Bargaining Council to be discussed at the next council meeting to be held on 17 September 2015.

Mhlathuze Water

Mhlathuze Water (MW) does not have an essential service agreement in place yet. An application was made to declare MW as essential service. After extensive investigation by the Essential Services Committee where presentations were made by MW and NEHAWU, MW was formally declared an essential service on 22 June 2015. The Essential Services Committee undertook to provide an essential service agreement to MW which is still awaited. Since Mhlathuze Water has been declared an essential service, all employees within Mhlathuze Water are deemed essential employees up until the minimum service level agreement is concluded.

Overberg Water

Overberg Water does not have an existing agreement of essential services in place. Engagements are currently planned with the Trade Unions, being the South African Municipal Workers Union and Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union to establish an Essential Services Agreement.

Rand Water

Rand Water, by the nature of its mandate in terms of the Water Services Act, 108 of 1997, performs an essential service in supplying and distributing potable water in its area of supply. As far back as 2004, Rand Water and its Trade Unions at the time, being the South African Municipal Workers Union and the Rand Water Staff Association, established an Essential Services task team to investigate and determine which services are essential. The Rand Water Minimum Services Agreement was signed by all relevant parties on 30 September 2004. In terms of Section 70 of the Labour Relations Act, 66 of 1995 (as amended, the Rand Water Minimum Service Agreement was ratified by the Essential Services Committee of the CCMA in 12 January 2005.

In essence the agreement:

    1. Indicates that parties commit to provision of essential services of providing water during any industrial action.
    2. Defines Essential Service/s, Key Posts and Maintenance Service.
    3. Has two annexures of specified positions that are required during strike action.
    4. Directs parties to meet and consult on key posts.

However should there be, deviation or non-compliance to the agreement, Rand Water reserves its right to engage replacement staff.

Amanzi Bargaining Council, to which all water utilities belong, is in the process of developing an industry / sector wide “Minimum Services Agreement”.

Sedibeng Water

Sedibeng Water has a Minimum Service Agreement in place. The agreement provides for minimum services to be provided upon labour engaging on any strike action.

The agreement lists teams that are attached to Water Purification, Maintenance and Distribution functions of the organisation. The agreement ensures that water and sanitation services continue un-interrupted during the strike action.

Umgeni Water

Umgeni Water does not have a signed Minimum Service agreement, it still in a draft format which have been discussed with NEHAWU. We (The Department) are busy engaging NEHAWU to finalise the agreement.

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07 October 2015 - NW3376

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Balindlela, Ms ZB to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)In terms of the latest information available to her department, (a) how many waste water treatment works are currently overflowing into nearby water bodies or areas, (b) where are they situated and (c) what is the severity of each spill; (2) what system does her department utilise in order to (a) detect and (b) rapidly respond to sewage spillage and/or overflow from waste water treatment works?

Reply:

(1) The latest information with regard to spillages that have been reported is taken from those received from April 2015 to date. The number of cases reported to my Department are 19 and the cases are captured to include all the 9 provinces. Refer to Annexure A.

(2)(a) My Department through the various provincial offices undertake planned audits for the Waste Water Treatment Works (WWTWs) against their water use license, and also attend to queries received from consumers and those reported through the media as a means to attend to spillages resulting from the WWTWs, pumpstation and manholes.

(2)(b) In areas where spillages are as a result of manholes or pumpstation and municipalities have challenges to address the spillages, the rapid response unit is despatched to the affected municipality. However, Water Service Authorities (WSAs) are able to address spillages in-house if it’s detected early. In cases of a overflow from a WWTWs, nature of overflow dictates intervention and assistance needed. As a result the nature of the overflow will determine if the matter can be addressed rapidly or if it will require the plant to be upgraded to address the overflow.

In areas where it is as a result of overloading due to capacity constraint, such plants are prioritised through various support programmes of my Department for allocation of funds (Regional Bulk Infrastructure, Municipal Infrastructure Grand and Accelerated Community infrastructure programme) to upgrade the plants or in other cases refurbishment to ensure the plant operates efficiently with functional equipments that will be able to handle loading coming into the plant. The overflow as a result of design capacity constraint may not necessarily be addressed rapidly due to the fact that the upgrades are often multi year projects which take longer to construct before the overloading is completely addressed.

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Annexure A

Region

Sector

Investigations & Inspections Reported

Investigations & Inspections Investigated or Inspected

Water User License Yes

Water User License No

Non-compliance Letters

Pre-directives

Severity of each case

Eastern Cape

Local Government [WSA/WSP]

11

11

0

11

0

7

Each cases reported were severe based on the fact that spillages reported has potential to pollute the environment hence pre-directives were issued.

Free State

Local Government [WSA/WSP]

1

2

0

0

3

0

Each cases reported were severe based on the fact that spillages reported has potential to pollute the environment

Gauteng

Local Government [WSA/WSP]

2

2

0

2

0

0

Cases reported were regarded to be severe based on the fact that spillages reported has potential to pollute the environment

Limpopo

Local Government [WSA/WSP]

1

1

0

1

0

0

Each cases reported were severe based on the fact that spillages reported has potential to pollute the environment

Mpumalanga

Local Government [WSA/WSP]

1

2

0

1

0

1

Each cases reported were severe based on the fact that spillages reported has potential to pollute the environment

North West

Government [National/Prov]

0

2

0

0

0

1

Each cases reported were severe based on the fact that spillages reported has potential to pollute the environment

North West

Local Government [WSA/WSP]

2

1

0

2

0

0

Each cases reported were severe based on the fact that spillages reported has potential to pollute the environment

Western Cape

Local Government [WSA/WSP]

1

2

0

2

0

0

Each cases reported were severe based on the fact that spillages reported has potential to pollute the environment

National

Local Government [WSA/WSP]

19

23

0

21

3

10

Cases reported not only for wastewater treatment works however also includes manholes that are close to streams and rivers. This has been taken with great urgency and prompted investigations that led to issuing of directives and put those affected WSAs under regulatory surveillance by the department.

07 October 2015 - NW3375

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Balindlela, Ms ZB to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

With reference to her media statement on 24 February 2015 on security of water supply (details furnished), (a) at what stage of development is the master plan for water resource infrastructure and (b) what is the estimated date of its completion?

Reply:

(a) The development of a Master Plan for water resource infrastructure is currently in the information gathering stage entailing aspects such as condition assessment of existing infrastructure and updating of the asset management plan.

It should be noted that the Second Edition of the National Water Resource Strategy that was published in 2013 already indicates key information on new water resource infrastructure projects that are currently under development and this shall form part of the master plan.

(b) The development of the Master Plan is estimated to be completed at the end of August 2016.

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07 October 2015 - NW3372

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)Whether her department will intervene to address the malfunctioning waste water treatment works in Humansdorp in the Kouga Local Municipality in the Eastern Cape; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether her department is aware of the disastrous conditions in Vergenoeg due to the spillages from the plant; if so, what plan has she put in place to address the specified matter; (3) whether the specified plant was given a Green Drop score in the last reporting cycle; if not, why not; if so, what was the score; (4) whether her department has taken any action against the specified municipality in terms of any legislation; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

  1. No, my Department has not intervened on this matter yet. The Kouga Local Municipality (LM) is the Water Services Authority, Water Services Provider and owner of infrastructure and is responsible for undertaking the necessary upgrades. The Kouga LM has secured funding through the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform to upgrade the Kwa Nomzamo Waste Water treatment Works (WWTW). My Department will therefore not intervene until the Kouga LM has shown that they are unable to perform their functions.

My Department has reacted as regulator and catchment manager as follows:

  • A non-compliance letter, dated 25 June 2015, was sent to Kouga LM addressing both the KwaNomzamo WWTW and the Koraal Pump Station. The Kouga LM responded with a reply dated 13 July 2015 (Refer to attached letter).
  • A meeting was held on 24 July 2015 between the officials from my Department and the Kouga LM technical manager to get clarity and progress on this and other matters.

 

2. Yes my Department is aware of the impact the failing WWTW is having on the environment and local communities; hence the actions taken.

The Kouga LM, in their response letter of 13 July 2015, has confirmed a partnership with the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform in 2013 to upgrade the WWTW; and on 3 June 2014 appointed a PSP to develop upgrade plans. On 4 March 2015 the Technical Report on the Refurbishment and Upgrading of the KwaNomzamo WWTW was received and is progressing to the tendering stage.

Regarding access control and fencing of the works, the Kouga Council approved a budget of R 2,0m to fence the said works. This project was approved by a full Council and a contractor has already been appointed in August 2015.

The Kouga LM is also working with local industries to ensure pre-treatment to reduce the organic and hydraulic load on the KwaNomzamo WWTW.

3. The plant assessment was done during the last green drop assessment in 2013 and the plant received a score of 57.44%. This score placed the WWTW in the category ‘50% – 80% - Fair performance, ample room for improvement’.

4. Yes, My Department has intervened from legal perspective as follows:

  • A non-compliance letter, dated 25 June 2015, was sent to Kouga LM addressing both the KwaNomzamo WWTW and the Koraal Pump Station.
  • Following their attached response dated 13 July 2015, a meeting was held on 24 July 2015 between the officials from my Department and the Kouga LM technical manager to get clarity and progress on this and other matters.

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07 October 2015 - NW3371

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

(1)What is the status of the Wentzel Dam’s capacity to deliver water to Schweizer-Reneke in the North West; (2) whether, given the fact that five of the 16 boreholes in Schweizer-Reneke are currently dry, she has taken any measures to prevent a water crisis in the event

Reply:

  1. The Wentzel Dam’s water level has dropped to 22% effective from end August 2015. The volume of water supplied from the Schweizer-Reneke Water Treatment Plant has also dropped from 4 Ml to 2.8 Ml per day. This has resulted in water supply shortages in Schweizer-Reneke Town and Ipelegeng Township.

The most affected are high-lying areas of Ipelegeng which are getting water intermittently during the night. To address this challenge, my Department in collaboration with water services authority, the Dr. Ruth Segomotsi Mompati DM, implemented the following short term interventions:

  • The Fire and Disaster Unit from the Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati DM is on standby to supply water to the clinics and schools.
  • Two water tanker trucks are currently supplying water to the most affected areas of Ipelegeng Extension 4, 6, 8 and portion of Extension 5.
  • A total of 9X10 000 liters Jojo tanks are placed at Ipelegeng (including clinics, schools, police station) and are being filled from 06H00 until 20H00 on daily basis.

2.  My Department has allocated R5,1 million to Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati DM under the Municipal Water Infrastructure Grant (MWIG) for intervention in addressing the short term water supply issues. Already eight non-functional boreholes have been tested and the results have confirmed dewatering on the aquifers. The scope of work for this funding entails:

  • rehabilitation and refurbishment of existing boreholes;
  • sitting and drilling of new boreholes;
  • equipping of boreholes; and
  • connecting mains.

Furthermore, my Department allocated R1, 589 million to Dr. Ruth Segomotsi Mompati DM under Accelerated Community Programme (ACIP) to address Water Conservation Demand Management issues in Mamusa Local Municipality. The Dr. Ruth Segomotsi Mompati DM is in the process of getting Bid approval and the work is anticipated to commence in October 2015.

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07 October 2015 - NW3369

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

(1)(a) When will the new water purification plant in Bloemhof in the North West be completed and (b) what will the capacity of the plant be; (2) (a) what is the total cost of the specified plant and (b) how will it be funded; (3) whether any outstanding funding is required to complete the project; if so, (a) what amount and (b) how will it be financed; (4) who will be running the specified plant; (5) which areas will receive water from the specified plant?

Reply:

(1)(a) The new water purification plant in Bloemhof in the North West will be completed in January 2017.

(1)(b) The capacity of the plant is from 10 Mℓ/d to 25 Mℓ/d.

(2)(a) The total cost of the plant is R403 million.

(2)(b) It will be funded by my Department through Regional Bulk Infrastructure Grant (RBIG).

(3) No outstanding funding is required.

(3)(a) Falls away.

(3)(b) Falls away.

(4) The plant will be operated by Sedibeng Water Board on behalf of Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District Municipality.

(5) The following areas will receive water from the plant.

  • ScheizerReneke Town;
  • Ipelegeng Township;
  • Bloemhof Town; and
  • Boitumelong Township.

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07 October 2015 - NW3360

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McLoughlin, Mr AR to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

In light of the fact that her department is mandated to discharge the Constitutional obligation of providing access to water to every citizen in the country, (a) what (i) joint discussion process has been established with the Department of Human Settlements and the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, to ensure that no duplication or overlap of functionality in the carrying out of her department’s stated mandate occurs between these departments, (ii) separate actions are being taken by her department in carrying out its stated mandate, (iii) monitoring procedure is in place, to establish whether or not there is a duplicity of actions between departments, (iv) resolution mechanism exists in instances where two or more departments are found to be carrying out the same actions to ensure that optimal use is made of the available funds and (v) good reason exists for the continuation of this right that is shared by the specified departments and (b) why should the right of water provision not be located within one dedicated department?

Reply:

(a)(i) A joint discussion has already taken place between the Department of Water and Sanitation together with COGTA, the Municipal Infrastructure Support Agent (MISA), the office of the Presidency’s M&E unit and National Treasury, and a Project Management Office (PMO) has been established to co-ordinate and integrate all water services activities related to sustainable Water Services delivery in the 27 Priority DMs. The Department of Human Settlements is part of this initiative. The PMO will ensure that there is no duplication with regards to the water and sanitation service delivery and will ensure that funding alignment between different Departments and funding sources takes place.

(a)(ii) No separate actions are being undertaken by the Department. As stated above all water services actions are being coordinated through the PMO.

(a)(iii) A monitoring programme is being established to ensure that, once a pipeline of projects has been determined, they are implemented and run effectively. My Department has identified eleven key intervention activities that will be monitored to ensure the implementation of sustainable water and sanitation service delivery. They are:

  1. Demographics;
  2. Service Levels;
  3. Socio-Economics;
  4. Water Services Infrastructure;
  5. Operational and Maintenance;
  6. Associated Services;
  7. Water Resources;
  8. Conservation & Demand Management;
  9. Financial;
  10. Institutional Arrangements; and
  11. Social & Customer Service Requirements.

A 5-year implementation plan will be developed and implementation thereof will be monitored at community and project level. The plan will be developed through a consultancy process at municipal level with relevant role-players and funding initiatives. The plan will be signed off by Council to ensure that no duplication takes place.

(a)(iv) Requesting Honourable member to note that, there are no two Departments which execute identical actions. Each Department finds its mandate in the Constitution, followed by the legislation administered by the respective Department, therefore the need for such a resolution mechanism has not arisen. My Department's mandate is highlighted in Section 3 of the National Water Act, 1998 (Act No. 36 of 1998):

Public trusteeship of nation's water resources

3. (1) As the public trustee of the nation's water resources the National Government, acting through the Minister, must ensure that water is protected, used, developed, conserved, managed and controlled in a sustainable and equitable manner, for the benefit of all persons and in accordance with its constitutional mandate. (2) Without limiting subsection (1), the Minister is ultimately responsible to ensure that water is allocated equitably and used beneficially in the public interest, while promoting environmental values. (3) The National Government, acting through the Minister, has the power to regulate the use, flow and control of all water in the Republic.”

(a)(v) Falls away.

(b) Falls away.

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07 October 2015 - NW3353

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)What are the reasons for not supplying piped water to the Mazizini area situated in Ward 6 of the Okhahlamba Local Municipality and within the uThukela District Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal, which has been without piped water for six months; (2) whether her department has made alternative arrangements to supply water to the community; if not, why not; (3) whether her department (a) has taken or (b) will take action in order to reinstate piped water supplies to the specified area; if not, why not; if so, (i) what action has been taken and (ii) when will the supply of piped water be restored to the specified area?

Reply:

  1. The Mazizini area collectively comprises of two communities, the Newstand and Obonjaneni communities.

The Obonjaneni community currently has no interruptions in water supply and receives piped water from a reservoir which is fed from the KwaMfalazi River. The water is chlorinated at the reservoir.

The Newstand community in Ward 6 is normally supplied by a reservoir which is fed from the Zwelitsha Water Treatment Works (WTW). However, the Zwelitsha WTW currently does not have sufficient capacity to meet the demands of both the Zwelitsha and the Newstand areas.

The Uthukela District Municipality (DM) has therefore opted to supply the affected Newstand Community with water through a production borehole. The water from the production borehole was being pumped into the existing reservoirs which then supplied the community through the existing reticulation network. However, due to the drought currently being experienced in the Kwazulu-Natal Province, the groundwater levels have dropped substantially and there has been very little water in the borehole to pump. This resulted in the pump running dry which caused damage to the pump and the subsequent collapse of the pipe work within the borehole thus leaving the community without piped water supply for the past 6 months. This production borehole will therefore need to be replaced.

(2) The area currently has two (2) functional hand pump boreholes which are supplying approximately 900 community members with water as a temporary measure. These boreholes do not meet the full needs of the community and the Uthukela DM will be deploying water tankers to the area to fill up the reservoirs twice on a weekly schedule.

(3)(a) Yes, my Department has taken steps to reinstate piped water supplies to the area.

(3)(b)(i) As an interim measure the UThukela DM has appointed a service provider to investigate the availability of groundwater in the area and drill additional production boreholes for supply to the affected community.

(3)(b)(ii) This work is planned to commence within September 2015. The Zwelitsha WTW requires an upgrade in order to meet the required demands of both the Zwelitsha and Newstand areas. There is a planned upgrade by the Uthukela DM to increase the Zwelitsha WTW capacity scheduled to start in December 2015.

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07 October 2015 - NW3352

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)What are the reasons for the non-supply of piped water to the Divaal area situated in Ward 2 of the Indaka Local Municipality and within the uThukela District Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal, which has been without piped water for six months; (2) whether her department has made alternative arrangements to supply water to the community; if not, why not; (3) whether her department (a) has taken or (b) will take action in order to reinstate piped water supplies to the specified area; if not, why not; if so, (i) what action has been taken and (ii) when will the supply of piped water be restored to the specified area?

Reply:

  1. The Uthukela District Municipality (DM) is the Water Services Authority responsible for providing water services in the Indaka Local Municipality (LM). The area is supplied through the Ekukeveni Water Scheme and the Oliphantskop Dam is the raw water source.

The Divaal area has not been without piped water supply for any extended period. The entire Indaka area has an interrupted water supply i.e. the water supply is not available on a continuous basis due to a shortage of water. The water demand exceeds the available water supply because the Ekuvukeni Water Scheme was designed for a particular area and water demand, however more areas were brought onto and supplied from this water scheme, exceeding the scheme’s design capacity.

The different areas of Indaka LM receive piped water on a rotational basis with each area receiving water supply on different days of the week. Some areas, receive water more than once a week depending on location in the area. This is influenced by the proximity to the water treatment works and the layout of the water scheme. The Divaal area is at the end of the water scheme and receives water once a week on Thursdays.

(2) When an area is not receiving water through the water scheme, the Uthukela DM provides water tankers to fill static water tanks and individual containers so residents have access to water.

(3)(a) The Uthukela DM has identified and is implementing a range of measures to ensure continuous piped water supply in the area.

(3)(b)(i)As part of the drought intervention programme, which is managed by my Department, the UThukela DM is allocated R3 million to implement a borehole programme to improve water availability in the district. Contractors are currently on site conducting investigation of sites to start drilling boreholes. The Uthukela DM has made a further application for R3.5 million under the Municipal Water Infrastructure Grant to extend the borehole programme in this area.

(3)(b)(ii)The long term sustainable solution depends on the rollout of the Driefontein Complex Regional Bulk Scheme, a Regional Bulk Infrastructure Grant funded project with various phases to ultimately supply water to the region from the Spioenkop Dam.

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07 October 2015 - NW3256

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

(1)What (a) total amount did her department spend on air travel between Gauteng and Cape Town for employees attending Parliament business in the 2014-15 financial year and (b) is the total number of trips that were undertaken; (2) what is the total amount that her department spent on (a) accommodation and (b) car rental in Cape Town for employees attending Parliament business in the specified financial year?

Reply:

  1. The total amount spent on air travel and the total number of trips that were undertaken between Gauteng and Cape Town for employees attending Parliamentary business for the financial year 2014/2015 was as follows:

(1)(a) The total amount spent on air travel is R 8 436 100.63

(1)(b) The total number of air travel undertaken is 1852 between Gauteng and Cape Town for employees attending Parliamentary business for the financial year 2014/2015

2. The total amount spent on accommodation and car rental costs in Cape Town for employees attending Parliamentary business for the financial year 2014/2015 was as follows:

(2)(a) The total amount that the department has spent on accommodation is R 4 624 218.12

(2)(b) The total amount that her department spent on car rental costs R 371 270.55

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07 October 2015 - NW3162

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Balindlela, Ms ZB to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)On what date was the most recent biomonitoring report compiled for (a) Mvoti River, (b) Slang River, (c) Tugela River, (d) Mooi River, (e) Mhlatuze River, (f) Hluhluwe River and (g) Nkomati River; (2) what was the water quality of each specified river as reflected in the report; (3) on what date was the sample for each specified river taken; (4) what was the geographical location where each of the samples were taken?

Reply:

(1) The bio-monitoring reports are compiled on a quarterly basis and are adapted to coincide with the different seasons. The latest available reports are therefore, for the period between April – June 2015.With regards to the Nkomati River, the August 2015 report was finalised.

(2) Refer to the table below for the response on the water quality of each river:

Name of the River

South African Scoring System (SASS) Scores

Average Score Per Taxa (ASPT)

Class

  1. Mvoti River

99

5.5

Fair

 

25

3.13

Poor

  1. Slang River

170

6.54

Good/Natural

  1. Tugela River

69

6.23

Good

 

Too deep to sample- in flood

N/A

  1. Mooi River

120

6.32

Good

  1. Mhlathuze River

118

6.21

Good

  1. Hluhluwe River

No sampling done – the river had stopped flowing, broken to several pools of water.

N/A

  1. Nkomati River

The river is largely fair with 3 monitoring sites showing poor quality and 5 monitoring sites out of 31 monitoring sites showing pristine to good quality water and it is moderately impacted

Please note that in some cases low flows (due to drought) have affected the water quality or ecological state of the rivers.

(3) Refer to the table below for the response on the date of sampling for each river:

Name of the River

Date of Sampling

  1. Mvoti River

3-Jun-2015

 

15-Jun-2015

  1. Slang River

30-May-2015

  1. Tugela River

1-Jun-2015

 

15-Jun-2015

  1. Mooi River

10-Jun-2015

  1. Mhlathuze River

25-May-2015

  1. Hluhluwe River

28-May-2015 (No sampling possible)

  1. Nkomati River

July/August 2014 (dry season) and February/March 2015 (wet season)

(4) Refer to the table below for the response on the geographical location of the rivers:

Name of the River

Coordinates

 

Latitude (S)

Longitude (E)

  1. Mvoti River

-29.159860

30.628690

 

-29.370004

31.304341

  1. Slang River

-27.420670

30.296810

  1. Tugela River

-28.756331

30.150376

 

-29.172622

31.391921

  1. Mooi River

-29.380814

39.660522

  1. Mhlathuze River

-28.746950

31.747450

  1. Hluhluwe River

-28.138560

32.019950

 

The geographical location where samples were taken for Nkomati River are as follows:

Vlakfontein 418 JT, Waterval 424 JT, Ndubazi Ranch 413 JT, Winkelhaak 723 JT, Tjakadstad 730 JT, Hooggenoeg 162 IT, Laaggenoeg 158IT, Nooitgezien 3 IU, Fig Tree 503 JU, Lebombo 186 JU.

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07 October 2015 - NW2660

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

(1)How many households in the jurisdictional area of the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality made use of (a) bucket system serviced toilets (b) VIP toilets and (c) pit latrines from (i)(aa) 31 May 2011 and (bb) each calendar year till 31 May 2015 and (ii) 1 June 2015 up to the latest date for which information is available; (2) how many households in the specified municipality are expected to still be using the (a) bucket system serviced toilets (b) VIP toilets and (c) pit latrines by 31 May 2016?

Reply:

(1)(b) The official figure for bucket toilets in the Metro area is 1 585 but a recent survey has indicated that 1 347 buckets are being removed in Mangaung and 757 in Botshabelo giving a total of 2 104. It must however be noted that the majority of these buckets are on informal sites and that all bucket toilets have been eradicated in Thaba Nchu.

(1)(b) The Mangaung Metro has a total of 33 382 VIP toilets.

(1)(c) The spread sheet depicts the number of pit latrines as per a financial year as requested:

HHs with Sanitation Services in MMM

Month Year

Pit Latrines

(aa) May-11

33 745

(bb) May-12

32 998

(bb) May-13

31 255

(bb) May-14

30 825

(bb)May-15

29 823

(ii)(bb) May-16

28 437

(2) Mangaung Metro Municipality has committed itself to eradicate the sanitation backlog which includes all bucket and VIP toilets by 2018. With the current bucket and VIP eradication program, the Metro is expected to have the following backlog which will be addressed annually until the above mentioned eradication date:

HHs with Sanitation Services in MMM

Month Year

(2)(a) Buckets Toilets

(2)(b) Pit Latrines

(2)(c) VIPs

May-16

1 223

28 437

31 468

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07 October 2015 - NW2936

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

(1)With regard to her reply to question 2367 on 14 July 2015, what have been the results of the Metsi a Me project; (2) (a) when did the specified project start and (b) what has been the yearly cost of the specified project since it started; (3) whether her department plans to expand the specified project to other dams; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) whether raw sewage is still flowing into the dam from the Rietfontein Wastewater Treatment Plant and upstream of the dam; if so, what are the relevant details; (5) whether her department has put any measures in place to stop the flow of sewage into the Hartebeespoort Dam; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

  1. The results and outcomes since the initiation of the Metsi a Me (Hartbeespoort Dam Integrated Biological remediation Programme - HDRP) is extensively covered within the annual reports, which are consolidated in the Phase I and Phase II progress reports. The outcomes can briefly be summarized in Annexure A.

(2)(a) The Harties Metsi a Me Integrated Biological Remediation Programme) started with the development of the Phase I Business Plan in July 2006 after Rand Water was appointed as Implementing Agent.

(2)(b) The yearly expenditure of the HDRP since it started was:

06/07

07/08

08/09

09/10

10/11

11/12

12/13

13/14

14/15

15/16

TOTAL

998

9,518

24,999

20,500

20,552

18,447

26,837

28,331

17,473

5,580

167,660

* Up to July 2015

(3) My Department plans to expand the successful pilot of the Hartbeespoort Dam Integrated Biological Remediation Programme to full scale implementation in the Hartbeespoort Dam and the upper catchment. This holistic and comprehensive Catchment solutions as developed and pilot implemented for the Hartbeespoort Dam will also be taken to other dams and catchments with additional alternative biological solutions.

(4) The Rietfontein Wastewater Treatment Plant upstream of the dam in the Swart Spruit is not functioning optimally as no refurbishment and upgrading of the Plant have happened since the last visit by the Portfolio Committee of Water and Sanitation. One aerator is still working hence partially treated anaerobic effluent is discharged.

(5) Yes, my Department has put in place measures to stop the flow of raw sewage into the Hartbeespoort Dam from pump stations. To date, the pumping capacity has been restored at the 13 pump stations and work is underway to reinstate the standby capacity (redundancy) as well.

The sewer pump stations owned by Madibeng Local Authority were upgraded and refurbished in the past, but could not be handed back to Madibeng Local Municipality due to outstanding work. The operations and maintenance of these pump stations remain the waste water service responsibility of the Water Services Authority but my Department will continue to support towards complete restoration.

 

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Annexure A

 

The outcomes can briefly be summarised under the following points

  1. Since 2009 more frequent and prolonged clear water has been recorded with a succession to the higher order filamentous algae starting to dominate during these periods with less of the single cellmicrocystis (blue-green) algae;
  1. The improvement of aquatic diversity in the Hartbeespoort dam, as a direct result from the Metsi a Me Programme, is still displaying an increasing trend on all trophic levels with more species and numbers recorded and documented in the bio-monitoring reports. This includes different fish and bird species. The Red Knobbed Coot alone has increased from a few hundred when the Programme started to more than four thousand at the moment. This increase in bird species has also resulted in an additional add on advantage as a natural hyacinth control with the Coot also feeding on the invader plants. The summary of results from the food web restructuring project (removal of undesired bottom feeding fish species - Carp and Catfish) from the Hartbeespoort dam is summarised below:

  Food web Restructuring (Fish Removal)

YEAR

Catfish

Carp

Bi-Catch

Total

Feb ‘08 - Dec ‘09

37527.25

24361.59

3915.31

65804.15

2010/11 (April ‘10 – March ‘11)

9159.30

14416.70

89.30

23665.30

2011/12 (April ‘11 – March ‘12)

34991.10

45856.20

76.50

80923.80

2012/13 (April ’12 - March ‘12)

16878.60

35311.80

18.80

52209.2

2013/14 (April ’13 to March ‘14)

20186.6

29278.5

18.8

49483.9

2014/15 (April ’14 to March ‘15)

9592.4

28280.1

10.8

37883.3

2015/16 (April ’15 to end July)

756.1*

6556.1*

0

7312.2*

Total

129091.35

184060.99

4127.51

317279.85

* Up to July 2015

  1. More than three kilometers of shoreline has already been remediated with Floating Wetlands (960 units of 2x2m) of improved stability and functionality since 2010.
  1. To control (concentrate, contain and remove) algae, hyacinths, litter and debris more than 1.8 km of floating booms with different designed curtains have been constructed and placed at strategic locations around the dam. These are maintained and refurbished annually with continuous improvements.

This has enabled the effective removal of the following algae, hyacinths and debris over the duration of the Programme:

 

07/8

08/9

09/10

10/11

11/12

12/13

13/14

14/15

15/16*

TOTAL

Algae (m3)

6040

5207

4445

360

1570

14515

9690

15335

9008

66170.9

Hyacinth (m3)

4826

9536

9500

10986

25031

24398

48269

46463

34289

213296

Debris (Tons)

15

165

374

1161

656

242

3467

773

550

7403

* Up to July 2015

  1. The first phase of pilot dredging was completed at the dam wall (jelly layer pumping) and is ongoing with the ability for further investigations on the hydrodynamics of the dam during changing flow regime and different weather conditions. The proposed sediment management reports and recommendations are now available for evaluation and consideration.
  1. Awareness programs with different groups visiting (including schools) are ongoing at the Information, Communication and knowledge Centre (ICC), which was developed with the support and sponsorship from Finland (North-South Cooperation between City of Lahti, Bojanala District Municipality & Madibeng Local Authority). The awareness include anti-desertification concepts introducing the “Big Five” actions to Conserve Water and Safe the Environment;
  1. The Phase III Business Plan (HDRP Full Scale Implementation and Extension to other dams and Catchments) is still in a process to be finalized by February 2016.This Phase III Business Plan will also include alternative biological solutions to deal with eutrophication going into the future.
  1. All the different activities constituted in the HDRP were achieved with a professional specialist team and an average annual labor force of 110 employees appointed semi-permanent over the past 9 years:

Metsi a Me Work Creation

20__

07/08

08/09

09/10

10/11

11/12

12/13

13/14

14/15

15/16

Full Time

40

60

75

90

87

85

93

104

111

Temporary

20

30

20

15

20

33

7

   

Roodeplaat Dam

 

90

             

EPWP

       

Average 40

Average 20

     

TOTAL

60

180

95

105

147

138

108

104

111

07 October 2015 - NW3370

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

(1)When will the construction of the pipeline from Bloemhof to Schweizer-Reneke in the North West (a) start and (b) be completed; (2) (a) what will be the length of the pipeline and (b) how many mega litres of water will be transported per day, (c) what is the cost of the pipeline and (d) how will it be funded; (3) whether the total cost of the project is already funded; if not, (a) why not and (b) how will it be funded; if so, what are the different (i) amounts and (ii) sources of funding; (4) whether she received an approval from the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) regarding the construction of the pipeline over their property; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (5) whether there exists an alternative plan for the pipeline if Sanral does not approve the planned construction on its land; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1)(a) The construction of the pipeline will commence in March 2016.

(1)(b) The construction of the pipeline will be completed end of September 2016.

(2)(a) The length will be a 72 km and 350 mm diameter pipeline

(2)(b) 6.5 mega litres per day.

(2)(c) The total cost of the pipeline is R 72 million.

(2)(d) It will be funded by my Department through the Regional Bulk Infrastructure Grant (RBIG).

(3) Yes, the total cost of the project which is R403 million is already budgeted through RBIG in MTEF period

(3)(a) Falls away.

(3)(b) Falls away.

(3)(b)(i) Falls away.

(3)(b)(ii) Falls away.

(4) Yes, the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) granted approval for servitude.

(5) Falls away.

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07 October 2015 - NW3590

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

(1)What amount will (a) her department and/or (b) the Department of Mineral Resources contribute to the (i) construction and (ii) operational costs of the proposed acid mine water desalination plants, (c) how will her department raise the specified funds for the specified plants and (d) will there be any consequences for programmes within her department which might suffer cuts; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether she has any plans in place to involve the private sector in the construction and implementation of the proposed project; if not, why not in each case; if so, what are the relevant details in each case; (3) what is the projected (a) commencement and (b) completion date of the construction of the specified plants?

Reply:

(1)(a)&(b) For the current financial year, there is no fiscal-derived funding allocated by either my Department or the Department of Mineral Resources for the construction and operation of the proposed acid mine drainage (AMD) desalination plants (long-term solution) project.

(1)(c) The Vaal River System (VRS) Reconciliation Strategy has identified AMD reclamation and beneficial use thereof as one of the key pillars for ensuring water security in the VRS. Since reclaimed AMD will augment the yield of the System and benefits all water users reliant on the VRS, it is proposed that a portion of the AMD desalination cost is recovered through the VRS Raw Water Tariff, which is levied on all water users. The balance of cost is proposed for recovery through an “environmental levy” that may be invoked in the mining sector. This dual cost-recovery mechanism ensures equity by invoking both the “user pays” and “polluter pays” principles. Any funding deficit that may result is likely to be addressed through future fiscal allocations. Having considered the foregoing funding and cost-recovery proposal, my Department was given the approval of the National Treasury to fund the AMD long-term solution project off-budget using the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) borrowing programme (loan facility) and recover cost through the VRS Raw Water Tariff. Supplementation of the cost recovery through the proposed environmental levy is under development.

(1)(d) Irrespective of the funding model that will apply for the proposed desalination of AMD, that model will not jeopardize funding allocations to other programmes.

(2) Any potential role of the private sector in construction and/ or implementation of the proposed project will be in accordance with Government’s policy on public sector procurement for the acquisition of goods and services.

(3) It is projected that construction will commence in 2018 and would last for a minimum of 2 years. Operations are thus likely to be effective from the 2020-2021 financial year.

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29 September 2015 - NW3220

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

(1)Why is the wastewater treatment plant in Cradock which is under the control of the Chris Hani District Municipality and polluting the Great Fish River in the Eastern Capenon-functional; (2) whether her department has taken any steps to stop the pollution; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether sampling of water has been done (a) at the plant and (b) downstream from the plant to ascertain e-coli levels for each month during the period 1 July 2012 to 30 July 2015; if not, why not; if so, what are the results for each month during the specified period; (4) whether there are any plans to upgrade the plant; if not, why not; if so, (a) when and (b) what is the estimated cost; (5) what is the (a) current capacity of the plant in megalitres per day and (b) inflow currently?

Reply:

(1) The non-functionality of Cradock Wastewater Treatment Works (WWTW) is attributed to the Water Service Authority functions transitioning from InxubaYeThemba Local Municipality to Chris Hani District Municipality, as it has been the case since 2014. This has been an inheritance of financial burdens which has adversely affected the whole operation and maintenance at the plant and at the sewage pump stations.Payments to maintenance service providers had been delayed as such some arms of the plant (motors, aerators, pumps, etc) that have since broken down and have not been repaired or replaced.

These are now attended to and the Cradock WWTWwill be fully repaired and will function at an optimum level in due course.

(2) My Department has taken steps to notify and request the Municipality to take corrective steps in rectifying the pollution of the Great Fish River water resource caused by the
non-functionality of Cradock WWTW and its associated sewer network infrastructure.

The following are amongst a number of steps taken by my Department:

  • Firstly, my Department issued a non-complianceletteron 2 April 2013 informing the Municipality about the poor quality effluent discharged and the incorrect disposal of the sewage sludge from the Cradock WWTWs, copy of letter attached as Annexure A.
  • Secondly, officials from my Department’s Provincial Office: Eastern Capeconducted aninvestigation on 1 August 2014 into the allegedpollution and it was revealed that pollution still persists. Therefore,myDepartment issuedanother non-compliance letter to the Municipalityon 11 August 2014 regarding pollution incidents entailing sewage spillages from manholes in Cradock, copy of letter attached as Annexure B/
  • Thirdly, myDepartment also served the Municipality with non-compliance letter on 25 September 2014 following another site inspection that was conducted on
    16 September 2014 informing the Municipality about poor quality effluent discharged by the Cradock WWTWs and requesting the Municipality to submit an action plan taken by the municipality in rectifying the situation within 14 days.
  • Thefourth interaction was a meeting that was held between Chris Hani District Municipality, Great Fish Water User Association,InxubaYeThemba Local Municipality and myDepartment at the Municipal Offices in Cradock on 10 February 2015 ,refer to attached Annexure C for minutes with actions and attendance register).

The aim was to further engage and persuade the Chris Hani DM as Water Services Authority to take action and correct the poor quality effluent being discharged by the Cradock WWTW into the Great Fish River. In this meeting the Municipality indicated the challenges (as mentioned in (1) above) promising to attend to the challenges with a detailed written response by 16 February 2015 as requested by myDepartment as was done even in previous communiqués, refer to attached Annexure D for the minutes of the .

It should be noted that there has not been any written response as yet from the Municipality after these engagements.

During the last inspection which was conducted on 12 August 2015, the presence of the Contractor on site was noted on site repairing some of the various arms of theWWTW.

(3) Table 1below is the summary of the effluent quality discharged by the (a) Cradock Wastewater Treatment Works and the (b) Great Fish River, downstream of the discharge point from the Cradock Works:

Table 1

Sampling Dates

  1. Cradock WWTW
  1. Downstream of Cradock WWTW

July 2012

0 cfu/100ml

58 cfu/100ml

August 2012

66 cfu/100ml

128 cfu/100ml

September 2012

7 500 cfu/100ml

86 cfu/100ml

October 2012

0 cfu/100ml

400 cfu/100ml

January 2013

2 cfu/100ml

7 000 cfu/100ml

March 2013

10 cfu/100ml

3 400 cfu/100ml

April 2013

0 cfu/100ml

4 400 cfu/100ml

May 2013

7 200 cfu/100ml

420 000 cfu/100ml

June 2013

520 cfu/100ml

164 cfu/100ml

May 2014

0 cfu/100ml

24 000 cfu/100ml

June 2014

0 cfu/100ml

24 000 cfu/100ml

September 2014

35 000 cfu/100ml

1 900 cfu/100ml

December 2014

37 000 cfu/100ml

40 000 cfu/100ml

February 2015

390 000 cfu/100ml

710 cfu/100ml

June 2015

4 600 000 cfu/100ml

42 000 cfu/100ml

August 2015

108 cfu/100ml

294 cfu/100ml

It should be noted my Department also done water sampling in August month for both Cradock WWTWs and the Great Fish River, downstream of the discharge point from the Cradock Works and the results are 108 cfu/100ml and 294 cfu/100ml respectively.

(4) No, the Department has not taken any plans to upgrade the WWTWs. The dysfunctional elements of the WWTWsare largely due to the lack of operation and maintenance at the WWTW and reticulation infrastructure, which if properly managed will render the works effective in its treatment of the sewage received.

The Upgrading of the WWTW would not seem to benecessary at this point unless further major developments are anticipated in the area. However, the Water Service Authority is currently attending to these repairs.

(4)(a) Falls Away.

(4)(b) Falls Away.

(5)(a) The current capacity of the plant is 8.3 mega litres per day.

(5)(b) The currently inflow is 5.6 mega litres per day average.

 

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29 September 2015 - NW3222

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

(1)Whether her department is monitoring the quality of the water in the Great Fish River; if not, why not; if so, (a) how is this being done and (b) how often; (2) whether the Great Fish River is part of the River Health Scheme; if not, why not; (3) whether her department has put any measures in place to prevent the pollution of bulk water schemes downstream of the Cradock Wastewater Treatment plant; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) whether she can provide the latest Green Drop status of the Cradock Wastewater Treatment plant; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (5) whether any action was taken by the Chris Hani District Municipality in response to her department’s notice to comply within 14 days which expired on 11 February 2015; if not, what action did her department take in response to this; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1) Yes ,my Department is monitoring the quality of water in the Great Fish River.

(1)(a) Through sampling of the water quality.

(1)(b) Monitoring is conducted on a quarterly basis.

(2) Yes, it is part of River Health Programme.

(3) My Department has issued a number of regulatory actions to the polluters. Action such as Non compliance notice and Pre-Directive are issued. Whilst Chris Hani District

Municipality (CHDM) did attend to some of the issues and did provide an action plan, this plan was not detailed enough to address the non compliances.

(4) The last compliance inspection was conducted on 16 September 2014 and was not in good condition. A non-compliance letter and a pre-directive were issued. Further meetings were held to discuss the status of the system.

(5) At the July 2015 site visit it was observed that repairs were being conducted to a horizontal aerator and to one of the two circular clarifiers. Two of the vertical shaft aerators were in operation and eleven of the horizontal shaft aerators were defunct and in various states of disrepair. The two inclined screw pumps were out of order and appeared to be partly dismantled or under repair. NW3823E

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29 September 2015 - NW3221

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

(1)Whether there has been an improvement of service and fewer water interruptions since the Chris Hani District Municipality became the water service provider in the municipality from 1 July 2014; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether her department will assist the specified municipality with ageing and inadequate infrastructure; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether her department will assist with the non-functioning new standby generator at the main pumping station; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) will her department intervene to improve the water service in the specified municipality; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (5) what is the latest Blue Drop score for the purification plant in the specified municipality?

Reply:

  1. Yes, the Blue Drop System does show that during the period when InxubaYethemba Local Municipality (LM) was in control, the number of samples which were taken were higher (430 per year) than when Chris Hani DM was in control (122 samples per year). The quality compliance improved though in terms of turbidity (from 47,1% to 85,1%) and ecoli(from95% to 100%) since Chris Hani DM took over. The challenge currently is on the billing system as users have not been getting their accounts on services of the InxubaYethemba LM since Chris Hani DM took over the Water Services Provider (WSP) function. The turnaround time to repair leaks is still a challenge, but there is constant intervention from the Department through the Rapid Response Unit(RRU). Unfortunately, it cannot be said that the water service has improved since the Chris Hani DM took over.
  2. There is currently no funding dedicated for the aging and inadequate infrastructure but the technical support is provided.
  3. The Chris Hani DM purchased standby generators for both main water and main sewer pump stations which are currently the subject of the dispute with the service provider. According to Chris Hani DM, the dispute is on the verge of being resolved with the service provider.
  4. Yes, there are ongoing interventions on a call down basis through the RRU and Operation and Maintenance O&M technical support.
  5. The latest Blue Drop score is 71%.

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07 September 2015 - NW1532

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Balindlela, Ms ZB to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)With reference to her replies to question 89 and question 619 on 23 March 2015 and 24 March 2015, respectively, how does she reconcile the calculated average cost of R96 491.00 for a toilet in the Eastern Cape and the cost of R9 500.00 for installing a ventilated improved toilet in the Eastern Cape; (2) (a) what is the name of the contractor who built the 57 toilets in the Eastern Cape, (b) when (i) were the toilets completed and (ii) was payment made to the contractor, (c) for the construction of how many toilets did the contract go out on tender and (d) in which municipalities were the 57 toilets built; (3)(a) what is the name of the contractor who built the 530 toilets in the Northern Cape,(b) when (i) were the toilets completed and (ii) was payment made to the contractor, (c) for the construction of how many toilets did the contract go out on tender, (d) in which municipalities were the 530 toilets built and (e) why was the calculated average cost of building a toilet R40 943.00?

Reply:

(1) With reference to question 89 of 10 March 2015 the response was adequately provided and was addressing the average cost of installing a Ventilated Improved Pit (VIP) latrine at the cost of R9 500.00 (Nine thousand five hundred) that includes the top and underground structure, health and hygiene education, project management cost and construction costs, whereas the response to question 619 of 6 March 2015 was with regard to the Bucket Eradication Programme.

(2) The name of the contractors who built the 57 toilets in Makana Local Municipality: Eastern Cape is Tyolumnqa Civils and Andile Plant Hire. Construction was completed between November 2013 and March 2014 and payment was made to the contractor. The contract went out on tender for the construction of 737 toilets.

(3) The names of the contractors who built the 363 toilets in Sol Plaatjie Municipality: Northern Cape are Reyoko Construction and Designs and LFP Trading. Construction was completed in July 2014 and payment was made to the contractor. The contract went out on tender for the construction of 954 toilets.

The Rural Household Infrastructure Grant (RHIG) provides dry, on-site sanitation at an average cost of between R9 500 (Single pit toilet) and R11 500 (Double pit toilet) however, variations may occur from province to province and may marginally increase the cost due to location of the project and the availability of materials which at times will be imported or transported from other provinces, if adequate stock is not available from local suppliers.

With regard to Water Borne Sanitation, the cost of providing a new toilet structure in urban and peri-urban areas is between R12 000 to R15 000. This does not include the water and sewer reticulation network and other direct or indirect cost associated with the project. This programme does not provide sanitation in rural areas.

Requesting the Honorable Member to clarify on the referred calculated average cost of building a toilet at the cost of R96 491.00 and R40 943.00.

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04 September 2015 - NW2823

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

Whether the eThekwini Municipality took any steps to ensure that the water and sanitation infrastructure would be able to cope with increased demand before approval for (a) residential and (b) commercial developments on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast was considered; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

Requesting the Honourable Member to refer the question to the Minister of Corporative Governance and Traditional Affairs who is in a better position to respond to issues relating to the eThekwini Municipality.

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04 September 2015 - NW2791

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Madisha, Mr WM to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

Whether her department has effectively stopped (a) raw and untreated sewerage and (b) agricultural, mining and industrial operation contaminants from leaking into streams and rivers during the period 1 May 2009 up to 30 June 2015, and had therefore succeeded in preserving the quality of water and thereby ensuring that the water was safe for animal and human consumption and suitable for irrigating crops for local as well as export purposes; if not, what is the extent and the reasons for the Government’s failure in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details of her department’s successes?

Reply:

(a) Raw and untreated sewerage is caused by many factors such as skills shortages in municipalities, aging and overloaded infrastructure and lack of maintenance. My Department is responding to this threat by implementing programmes such as Regional Bulk Infrastructure Grant, Municipal Water Infrastructure Grant and Accelerated Community Infrastructure Programme. In addition, the Green and Blue Drops reports are compiled annually to provide an indication on the level of compliance of wastewater treatment works and whether conditions of authorisation are met. Furthermore, my Department provides the necessary support for the implementation of the recommendations in the reports. The discharge of raw or partially treated sewage into the water resource is treated as a pollution incident and my Department has enforcement measures that are taken in order to ensure that mitigation measures are implemented by the wastewater treatment owner to address and minimise the pollution.

(b) Yes, for the period in question, my Department had and continues to maintain stringent measures for the protection of water resources (and the general environment) from mining, agricultural and industrial impacts. In this regard, my Department has invoked principles of the National Water Act, 1998 (Act 36 of 1998) to ensure that mines, agriculture and industries take measures to ensure unauthorised mining, agricultural and industrial-impacted discharges are terminated or treated to a suitable standard before discharging to the environment. Furthermore, my Department has implemented mega civil projects to ensure that mine water (acid mine drainage) in Gauteng is mitigated. My Department’s ongoing regulation and enforcement measures will ensure that any current and future mining, agricultural and industrial impacts on the water resources are adequately addressed.

With regard to Agriculture, my Department has during this period embarked on continuous compliance monitoring for agricultural water use activities and annual targets are set on the Annual Business Plans; furthermore my Department through water use authorisations instructs agricultural water users to exercise good farming practices such as using strip vegetation within a 50 year flood line of the river to prevent run-off with pesticides or fertilisers from polluting the resources.

My Department also instructs water users to comply with all water use license conditions, which include conditions for the prevention of contaminants from polluting streams, rivers and groundwater, as set in the respective entitlements through audits.

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04 September 2015 - NW3223

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Balindlela, Ms ZB to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

Did National Treasury approve her department’s requested rollover of (a) R1 600 899 000 for Programme 1, 2, 4 and 5 and (b) R1 557 184 000 in respect of each economic classification from the 2014-15 to the 2015-16 financial year; if not, (i) why not and (ii) what is the implication of this decision; if so, when?

Reply:

National Treasury has not yet approved my Department’s request for rollovers of R1 600 899 000 for Programme 1, 2, 4 and 5; and R1 557 184 000 in respect of each economic classification from the 2014-15 to the 2015-16 financial year.

National Treasury will only communicate the outcome of the rollover process on or before 11 September 2015 through the approved allocation letters as per the Guidelines of 2015 Adjustment Estimates of National Expenditure.

The non-approval of the requested rollover funds will necessitate the need for my Department to reprioritise the existing allocations for 2015/16 financial year within the programmes. This will result in the rescheduling of some of the infrastructure projects earmarked for the current year.

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04 September 2015 - NW1492

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Walters, Mr TC to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(a) How many invoices from private contractors to her department currently remain unpaid for longer than 30 days and (b) in each case, what (i) are the details of the (aa) contractor and (bb) services provided and (ii) what is the (aa) date of the invoice and (bb) reason why the invoice was not paid within 30 days?

Reply:

(a) The Department currently has a total 984 invoices from private contractors that are unpaid for longer than 30 days.

(b) Refer to the attached Annexure A for a detailed list.

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04 September 2015 - NW3225

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Balindlela, Ms ZB to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)With regard to the War on Leaks programme, (a) how many of the 3 000 persons to be trained in the 2015-16 financial year have started their training and (b) when will they start working; (2) how many of the (a) 15 000 in total and (b) 3 000 to be trained in the 2015-16 financial year will be trained as (i) water agents, (ii) artisans and (iii) plumbers; (3) (a) at which institutions will the 15 000 unemployed young people receive training and (b) what type of qualification will they receive; (4) how will the training of the 15 000 persons be financed over the next three financial years; (5) whether, beside the War on Leaks programme and the appointment of Rand Water as the implementing agent, her department has any other plans or programmes to curb the high level of water losses in the country; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1)(a) A total of 800 persons have started receiving training in July 2015 and as from September a further 2200 persons will start receiving training.

(1)(b) The trained persons will start working after completion of their 36 months / 3 years training programme .Water Agents that will be trained will complete their training after ten months and could start working thereafter.

(2)(a) Below is the breakdown of the15000 to be trained in the financial year 2015-16:

15000

Trades and quantities

Plumbers

Artisans

Water agent

 

7500

5000

2500

(2)(b) Below is the breakdown of the 3000 to be trained in the financial year 2015-16:

3000 Phase 1 FY – 2015/16

Trades and quantities

Plumbers

Artisans

Water agent

 

1500

1000

500

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(3)(a) The unemployed young people will be trained at various EWSETA accredited training institutions, TVETS(Technical Vocational Education and Training), municipalities and water boards in the nine provinces.

(3)(b) Artisans will be trade tested Artisans at the end of the training period, Water Agents will receive a qualification that is comprised of unit standard bearing credits to enable them to build up this basic qualification into a higher qualification. Plumbers will receive formal plumber qualifications from the respective accreditation bodies.

(4) My Department will fund this project over the 5 year project period through the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF).

(5) Yes, my Department has other plans to curb the high level of water losses in the country. There are initiatives such as the following:

  (a)The “No Drop” regulatory programme, which serves as a guideline for municipalities to develop strategies, plans to reduce water demand, water losses and non-revenue water.

  (b)  Campaigns to educate the public on the scarcity of water and also to encourage water conservation and demand management.

   (c) Training programme for councilors to institutionalise water conservation and demand management within the municipalities.

  (d) Municipal Self-Assessment System, which the municipalities use to conduct self-assessment in various areas including water conservation and demand management.

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04 September 2015 - NW2602

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

(1)With reference to her reply to question 1756 on 26 May 2015, has the Water Tribunal started with their work; if not, why not; if so, how many cases have been resolved; (2) how many cases are outstanding (a) that the previous tribunal did not deal with and (b) in total as at the latest specified date for which information is available?

Reply:

(1) Yes, the Water Tribunal has started with their work. There are no finalized cases. However, the Water Tribunal had its first hearing on the 22 July 2015 to 24 July 2015 and the cases were not finalised and were postponed to 27 August 2015 to 28 August 2015.

(2)(a) As at August 2012 when the Water Tribunal term of office came to an end a total of 124 cases were outstanding.

(2)(b) The Department currently has a total of 313 outstanding cases.

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31 August 2015 - NW2695

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Balindlela, Ms ZB to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

Whether (a) she, (b) her Deputy Minister and (c) any officials in her department travelled to China in the 2014-15 financial year; if so, what was the (i) purpose of each specified visit and (ii)(aa) total cost and (bb) breakdown of such costs of each specified visit?

Reply:

Neither me, the Deputy Minister of Water and Sanitation, nor any officials of my Department travelled to China during the 2014-2015 financial year.

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31 August 2015 - NW2603

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

(1)Why does her department allow sand mining in the riverbed of the Karongwe River in Limpopo which forms part of a protected area under the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation; (2) whether she will take any action to stop the sand mining; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

  1. My Department is not the responsible authority for any mining authorization. We regulate water activities in a water course. The competent authority for granting mining permits is the Department of Mineral Resources.
  2. A site investigation was conducted on 25 July 2015, by the Department’s enforcement team together with the SAPS. Upon completion of the investigation, my Department will, through its enforcement team, deal with the transgressor appropriately both administratively and criminally.

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31 August 2015 - NW2601

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

(1)(a) When was the nine boreholes and package plant with a reservoir completed in Hoedspruit, Limpopo, and (b) what was the total cost of the project; (2) whether the plant is currently in use; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) what is the capacity of the plant in mega litres per day?

Reply:

(1)(a) The Hoedspruit Package Plant with an elevated tank (which is used as a reservoir) and seven boreholes and not nine, as per the question raised, were constructed and commissioned on 28 May 2014 by the Mopani District Municipality to augment the supply of water from the Drankensig Water Treatment Plant owned by the National Department of Public Works. The initiative emanated from the 2011/2012 Maruleng Flood Disaster.

(1)(b) The total cost of the project was R11 972 303.00.

(2) The Package Plant is in use, however; the clear water pump has currently burnt out and the Mopani District Municipality has issued an order for repairs which will be installed by the end of August 2015.

(3) The capacity of the plant is 0.35Ml/d.

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31 August 2015 - NW2577

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Macpherson, Mr DW to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

What provisions are being made to assist the municipalities of (a) uMshwathi, (b) Richmond and (c) Mkhambathini with water relief to (i) residents, (ii) commercial farmers and (iii) subsistence farmers?

Reply:

The Umgungundlovu District Municipality (DM) is the Water Services Authority (WSA) responsible for water provision in the uMshwathi, Richmond and Mkhambathini Local Municipalities (LMs). The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is assisting with water relief to the Umgungundlovu DM by the provisioning of water services through the Regional Bulk Infrastructure Grant (RBIG) and the Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MWIG).

(a) The Umgeni Water is implementing the uMshwathi Regional Bulk pipeline which is co-funded by Umgeni Water and the DWS’s RBIG programme. The secondary bulk components of the scheme are being implemented by the Umgungundlovu DM with support from the DWS’s MWIG programme. The scheme will supply water from the Mgeni supply system to the uMshwathi LM area.

(b) The Umgeni Water has recently commissioned the Eston bulk pipeline which is supplying water from the Mgeni supply system to the Richmond area. The scheme was co-funded by the Umgeni Water and DWS through the RBIG programme.

(c) There are no projects being supported by the DWS in the Mkhambathini LM. Support for water for commercial and subsistence farmers is the responsibility of the National Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and an Inter-Ministerial Task Team has been established to address the impacts of the current drought in the Province. The Provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has provided inputs on the drought interventions in the Province at consultation sessions that are being led by the Disaster Management Unit of the Provincial Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

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31 August 2015 - NW2913

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

Whether, with reference to the delegation of the former Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs by the President, Mr Jacob G Zuma, in response to a letter written by a resident from Ngobi regarding a water crisis in the specified area, she undertook a follow-up intervention since her appointment; if so, what progress has been made in resolving the specified water crisis?

Reply:

The Moretele Local Municipality (LM) has implemented and completed the upgrade of the Transactie Well Field water supply augmentation project which consists of a 10 km pipeline, chlorination house, equipping 10 boreholes, 10 pump house structures and 2.5 mega litres per day (Ml/day) reservoir. The total cost of the project amounted to R11 million. This project has increased the water storage capacity in the area from 0.35 Ml to 2.85 Ml (an increase of 2.5 Ml). The system is currently operational and people are receiving water, though the water supply source is not sufficient to deal with the current demand. To augment water supply in the area of the Moretele LM is providing tankering until a lasting and sustainable solution is found.

Long Term Plan

On 16 July 2014; my Department, the Moretele LM and Magalies Water signed a tripartite agreement to conduct a study for bulk water supply in Moretele including the Moretele North Portion. The study is at an advance stage, whilst the Moretele South is under Construction in Klipdrift and the Moretele North is under detail design which incorporates the entire Ngobi Village through the supply from Klipvoor.

 

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31 August 2015 - NW3087

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

(a) How many dams are owned by her department, (b) where is each specified dam located and (c) what is the (i) storage capacity, (ii) current level and (iii) safety-risk status of each specified dam?

Reply:

(a) There are 320 dams on the departmental register country wide.

(b) Refer to Appendix A for locations of all the dams.

(c)(i) Appendix A also gives the storage capacity of each dam, e.g. Gariep Dam approximate storage capacity is 5 342 923 000 m3 {or 5 x 106 (x 1000 m3)}. The rest of the dams can be determined in similar manner.

(c)(ii) Appendix B gives the weekly state of departmental reservoirs and the level can be read on the last column of the table, e.g. Reservoir level of Gariep on the 17 August 2015 was 69.7 % full.

(c)(iii) The National Water Act 36 of 1998 Section 117 (c) defines a dam with a safety risk as a dam which contains 50 000 m3 of water and has a wall of a vertical height of more than five meters (5 m), measured as the vertical difference between the lowest downstream ground elevation on the outside of the dam wall and the non-overspill crest or the general top level of the dam wall. Therefore according to this definition, all the departmental dams are considered dams with a safety risk.

To deal with the question of safety-risk status of each specified dam, reference is made to Section 2 (1) of Dam Safety Regulations Government Notice R 139 of 24 February 2012, (hence forth referred to as "Regulations"), which states: "Every dam with a safety risk must be classified in accordance with this regulation 2 on the basis of its size and hazard potential to determine the level of control over safety of the structure that is applicable in terms of these Regulations".

These two parameters, i.e. dam size and hazard potential are utilised as stipulated in Tables 1 and 2 of the Regulations' annexure to determine the Category classification of the dam as stipulated in Table 3 of the Regulations. It is this category classification which is used as an indicator for safety risk 'status' associated with the dam.

In the attached Appendix A Column AC gives the size classification; Column AD gives hazard rating potential classification and Column AE gives the category classification, e.g. Gariep Dam, Category classification is 3, i.e. Size classification = Large and Hazard rating classification = High.

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31 August 2015 - NW3091

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Balindlela, Ms ZB to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

How many bucket toilets are located in the (a) formal and (b) informal areas of each municipality in Gauteng?

Reply:

(a) There are no bucket toilets located in the formal areas of each municipality in Gauteng.

(b) There are no bucket toilets located in the informal areas of each municipality in Gauteng. Informal areas utilise chemical toilets as a form of sanitation.

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31 August 2015 - NW3118

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

Whether her department has any plans to provide water and sanitation to the residents of Eikenhof informal settlement in Southern Johannesburg; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The City of Johannesburg is the Water Service Authority which provides services to the Eikenhof informal settlement in the southern part of Johannesburg. The City of Johannesburg through the Joburg Water is providing the following basic water and sanitation services:

  • 6 Communal stand-pipes for water; and
  • 500 Ventilated Improved Pit-latrines (VIP’s).

The City of Johannesburg/ Joburg Water has plans in place to install 400 VIP in the current 2015/16 financial year.

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31 August 2015 - NW2934

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

(1)Why is the Groblersdal Wastewater Treatment Plant in the Greater Sekhukhune District Municipality not in working order; (2) whether her department has done anything to assist the specified municipality to get the specified plant in working order; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) has any water tests been done at the specified plant’s outlet into the Olifants River since 1 January 2010; if not, why not; if so, what are the results of the specified tests; (4) has she taken any action against the specified municipality or any individual for polluting the river; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (5) what is the specified plant’s current Green Drop status?

Reply:

 

  1. The plant is currently not in working order because the plant was affected by floods during 2014. In addition, theft and vandalism of mechanical and electrical equipment contributed to the plant not working properly.

(2) My Department has not done any intervention since the Greater Sekhukhune District Municipality proactively appointed the Lepelle Northern Water Board under a bulk contract to operate and maintain the plant. The Lepelle Northern Water is in the process of finalizing the appointment of a service provider to refurbish the Works (the process is at adjudication stage of appointment of the service provider). It is envisage that the plant will be fully restored to its normal operational status during December 2015.

(3) Yes, tests have been done at the plant's outlet. Test results are attached as Annexure A.

  1. Yes, a non-compliance notification has been issued to the municipality for not taking reasonable measures to prevent pollution from occurring. However, the municipality is in the process to refurbish mechanical and electrical components of the waste water plants. This is set to improve the quality of effluent prior to discharge.

(5) 29.76 %.

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31 August 2015 - NW3089

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

What (a) are the most prevalent water weeds found in the Umdloti River in KwaZulu-Natal, (b) percentage coverage do the specified water weeds have and (c) effect has the weeds had on the siltation levels of the specified river and its impoundments?

Reply:

(a) The most prevalent water weeds found in the Umdloti River are Water Lettuce and Hyacinth.

(b)  Upstream from the Hazelmere Dam the prevalence is negligible, whereas on the downstream portion the coverage of Water Lettuce is approximately 50% and that of Hyacinth is about 30%.

(c) The impact of the aquatic weed has very little to insignificant impact, especially since it is controlled.

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31 August 2015 - NW3088

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

(1)With regard to the most recent water quality monitoring statistics, (a) which 10 South African rivers are considered the most high risk due to levels of faecal coliform and (b) on which dates were the tests conducted on the specified rivers; (2) what is the (a) percentage risk and (b) planned remedial action for each specified river?

Reply:

  1. The Department of Water and Sanitation through the National Microbial Monitoring Programme (NMMP) provide the information needed to assess and manage the potential health risks to water uses related to faecal pollution of South African’s surface water resources. (a) The NMMP points are hotspots related and all the registered sites (217) are considered high risk and ranking them depend on a number of factors i.e. season, low and high rainfall period, year of assessment etc and (b) monitoring is an on-going process on a monthly/fortnightly basis.
  2. The potential health risk associated with the use of faecal polluted water is based on four water uses or fitness for uses; namely
  • Drinking untreated water;
  • Drinking after limited treatment (domestic treatment);
  • Irrigation of crops that can be eaten raw; and
  • Full or partial contact/recreational activities.

(2)(a) All the reports (i.e. Annual/quarterly state of water & NMMP bi-monthly) indicate that there is a high risk (100 % risk) associated with drinking untreated water directly from all NMMP hotspots sites / rivers and the risks varies (low, moderate and high) for other fitness for uses at a given period.

(2)(b) The main source of faecal pollution is discharges from poorly maintained or dysfunctional sewage treatment plants into these hotspots rivers and the Department has come up with the Green Drop System to ensure proper management of waste water treatment works or progressive improvement in their operation so as not to impact negatively on the water bodies into which they discharge (i.e. to improve the quality of the effluent). The water use upgrades licenses of other wastewater treatment plants are being assessed and there is ongoing intervention by the Department to assist the municipalities experiencing challenges. The Department is aware that there are still areas (i.e. villages & some informal settlements) experiencing challenges with regard to basic sanitation services (pit latrines/bucket system) and the possible impact and threat they can pose to water resources if not well managed. Municipalities with challenges are being assisted to get access to the Municipal Infrastructure Grant to address sanitation needs.

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31 August 2015 - NW2912

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Majeke, Ms CN to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)Whether she has been informed of the water crisis in Greenville Village, in Mthatha, which has been without water for more than four weeks; if so, what plans has her department put in place to resolve the specified crisis; if not, (2) whether her department intends to investigate the situation with an intention to (a) resolve the crisis and (b) ensure that water is provided?

Reply:

  1. My Department has not been informed of the water crisis in Greenville Village, in Mthatha which has allegedly been without water for more than four weeks.
  2. Upon receiving of this question, my Department’s Provincial Office: Eastern Cape investigated the matter and found out that water supply to Greenville Village was deliberately switched off by the O R Tambo District Municipality due to non-payment of water bills and there is nothing wrong with the water supply system. This area consists of government properties with some informal dwellings built around the houses. However, the OR Tambo District Municipality is carting water to the informal settlement of Kwa-Mpuku which is adjacent to the formal settlement. They have since put two Jojo tanks which are filled timeously. It will be further investigated if the houses are occupied legally which would enable Public Works to pay for the services rendered.

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31 August 2015 - NW2727

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

(1)What (a) amount has been spent on the project to raise the Hazelmere Dam wall to date and (b) are the relevant details of the expenditure; (2) what (a) was the annual percentage increase in sedimentation of the Hazelmere Dam over the past five years, (b) impact has this had on the storage capacity of the dam and (c) are the causes of the increased sedimentation; (3) whether any action has been taken to reduce and halt further sedimentation of the dam in future; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1)(a) The total amount spent to end July 2015 is R41 713 943 (excl. VAT).

(1)(b) The relevant detail of expenditure is as follows:

DESCRIPTION

EXPENDITURE TO END JULY 2015
(excl. VAT)

   

ENVIRONMENTAL

R 399 319

LAND MATTERS

R 11 815 024

DESIGN AND SUPERVISION

R 23 216 748

CONSTRUCTION

 

- Dam

R 0

- Demolition of Buildings

R 6 282 853

TOTAL (excl. VAT)

R 41 713 943

(2)(a) The Hazelmere Dam has indicated an average of 0.72% increase in sedimentation over a 36 year period.

(2)(b) The storage capacity has been reduced from 23,94 million m3 to 17,675 million m3

(2)(c) Increased erosion in the catchment combined with increased sand-mining activities.

(3) Unlawful water uses through sand mining activities that contribute to sedimentation have been investigated on the Mdloti River upstream and downstream of the dam; and enforcement actions taken. A Catchment Management Forum also exists to deal with issues and concerns raised by water users within the catchment.

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06 August 2015 - NW1594

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Mpontshane, Mr AM to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)(a) How many criminal dockets were opened with the SA Police Service for (i) failing to comply with water use authorizations or (ii) using water without authorization as required by the National Water Act, Act 36 of 1998, and (b) what is the breakdown of the figures for each (i) region and (ii) sector; (2) (a) how many criminal dockets were handed over to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in the (i) 2013-14 and (ii) 2014-15 financial years for offences in terms of the National Water Act, Act 36 of 1998, and (b) what is the breakdown of the figures for each (i) region and (ii) sector; (3) (a) how many criminal dockets for transgressions of the National Water Act, Act 36 of 1998, did the NPA decline to prosecute in the specified periods and (b) what is the breakdown of the figures for each (i) region and (ii) sector; (4) how many convictions were secured in each of the specified periods for transgressions of the National Water Act, Act 36 of 1998, and (b) what is the breakdown of the figures for each (i) region and (ii) sector; (5) What was the (a) highest monetary fine and (b) longest sentence of direct imprisonment obtained for convictions for offences of transgressions of the National Water Act, Act 36 of 1998, in each specified period?

Reply:

(1)(a) My Department has opened a total of Sixty Seven (67) cases with the South African Police Service (SAPS) for contravening the National Water Act (Act no 36 of 1998) (NWA). (i), one (1) case was opened for not complying with water use authorizations and (ii) Fifty Eight (58) were cases opened for engaging in water uses without authorisation.

(1)(b) Below is the region and sector breakdown of criminal cases opened:

Criminal Cases Opened with SAPS

  1. Region
  1. Sectors
 

Mining

Agriculture

Industries

Water Services Authorities

Tourism

Total

Eastern Cape

-

-

-

-

-

-

Free State

-

1

-

7

-

8

Gauteng

2

6

-

-

-

8

KwaZulu-Natal

10

-

1

-

-

11

Limpopo

-

1

-

-

-

1

Mpumalanga

9

14

3

1

1

28

North West

1

2

-

1

-

4

Northern Cape

4

-

-

-

-

4

Western Cape

-

-

2

1

-

3

Total

26

24

6

10

1

67

(2) The relevant Department to answer the question is the South African Police Service (SAPS).

 

(3) The relevant Department to answer the question is the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

(4) The relevant Department to answer the question is the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

(5)(a) The highest monetary fine was One Million Rand (R1 000 000.00) in 2013/2014.

(5)(b) No imprisonment was obtained for convictions for the offences of transgressions of the NWA.

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06 August 2015 - NW1838

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

(1)Whether any contracts were awarded without complying with Treasury Regulation 16A8.4 in the (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15 financial years; if so, (i) how many contracts were awarded, (ii) what are the details of each contract, (iii) to which project was each such contract linked and (iv) what was the value of each contract; (2) whether any officials were (a) implicated, (b) charged and/or (c) dismissed for their involvement, in each case; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether her department has put any measures in place to stop the contravention of the specified Treasury Regulation; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1)(a) Yes, there were contracts which were awarded without complying with Treasury Regulation 16A8.4 in 2013/2014.

(1)(b) None in 2014/2015.

(1)(b)(i) Four (4) Contracts were awarded.

(1)(b)(ii) Details of each contract awarded listed below:

Name of supplier

Description of Award

Mihle and Ayola General Trading CC

Supply of Material

TD New Look Construction

Supply of Material

Oratile Kgadi Trading CC

Supply of Material

Meondo Trading 392 CC

Repair and Services

(1)(b)(iii) These goods and services were not linked to specific projects but they were normal day to day operational activities.

(1)(b)(iv) The value of each award is indicated below on the amount column:

Name of supplier

Description of Award

Amount

Mihle and Ayola General Trading CC

Supply of Material

R18 724,50

TD New Look Construction

Supply of Material

R 8 669,00

Oratile Kgadi Trading CC

Supply of Material

R15 340,00

Meondo Trading 392 CC

Repair and Services

R 6 508,00

(2)(a) Yes, they were 3 employees who were implicated.

(2)(b) Letters were issued to the employees concerned. Employee Relations is in the process of drawing up the charges, this process will proceed in terms of the Labour Relations Act.

(2)(c) Measures have been put in place to stop the contravention of Treasury Regulations 16A8.4 where employees are disciplined for the transgression and an internal circular was circulated to all employees.

(3) Yes, measures have been put in place by means of an internal circular to all employees to stop the contravention of the specified Treasury Regulation.

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06 August 2015 - NW2370

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

(1)With reference to Rand Water’s appointment as water service provider to the Bushbuckridge Local Municipality in the 201314 financial year, how many (a) villages had water at the time of the takeover and (b) more villages have received water since the appointment of Rand Water; (2) what is the status of phase one of the reticulation project; (3) what are the reasons for the escalation in the cost of implementation of phase one from R121 million to R278 million as per council reports; (4) what has been the progress of the reticulation project from the 2013-14 to 2014 15 financial years?

Reply:

(1)(a) According to Census 2011, 11,9% of the population in Bushbuckridge had access to piped water in their dwellings, the remaining was supplied with water at Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) standard (i.e Boreholes/communal taps) and Water Carts.

(1)(b) A total of 24 villages have received water since the appointment of Rand Water.

(2) All projects which were implemented under Phase 1 to reticulate 24 villages in Bushbuckridge were completed.

(3) Initially, the scope of the work was under estimated, upon assessment and finalization of technical designs of the projects, it was discovered that bulk of the work was not included in the initial scope of the work, therefore additional budget was required to complete the projects.

(4) The intervention was initiated in the 2013/14 financial year, 24 villages were completed in the 2014/15 financial year and a further
15 villages are currently being reticulated.

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21 July 2015 - NW1403

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

(1)In which municipalities are the estimated 88 127 bucket toilets in formal areas;

Reply:

(1) A study conducted in July 2012 suggested that the backlog for buckets in formal areas is estimated at 58 010; a substantial drop from the 88 127. The latter was further clarified in as far as the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro which had 19 444 buckets with an unsubstantiated claim of a further 100 buckets in the informal areas which was to be deducted from the 88 127. A second clarification came from the Free State Province in that the initial backlog was 42 815, however, after clarification reduced to 32 042 (a drop in 10 773), thus arriving at 57 910 in formal areas.

However, the Department has verified the buckets in formal areas which amount to 58 453.

(2) Refer to table below.

Province

Municipality

Project Name

Total

Eastern Cape

Makana

Grahamstown

737

Makana 2

Grahamstown

288

Sundays River Valley

Patterson

1245

Baviaans

Steyterville

14

Joe Ggabi

Steynburg

985

Chris Hani

Indwe

89

Ikhwezi

Jansenville

21

Blue Crane

Somerset east

4

Ndlambe

Nemato

2230

TOTAL

5613

Province

Municipality

Project Area

Total

Northern Cape

Dikgatlong

Proteahof

277

Koopmansfontein

37

Phokoane

Malelwane

85

Ga-Segonyana

Bathlaros

498

Emthanjeni

Britstown

424

Thembelihle

Hopetown

52

Tsantsabane

Maranteng

791

Postdene

450

KharaHais

Rosedale

2682

Pabalello

533

Louisvale

800

DekotaWeg

306

Kameelmond

122

Kalksloot

138

Renosterburg

PetrusvillePh 2

20

Phillipstown

107

Siyacuma

Breipal

282

Bongani

555

Bongani - Reservoir

49

BonganiPhomolong

31

Griekwastad

527

Campbell

596

Siyathemba

Marydale

175

Sol Plaatjie

Ritchie

1345

Freedom Park

167

Promised Land

787

Ubuntu

Victoria West

890

Nama-Khoi

Various Sites

192

Kai Garib

Various Sites

800

TOTAL

13 718

North West

City of Matlosana

Jouberton /Kanana

293

Kanana

73

LekwaTeemane

Boitumelong

230

TOTAL

596

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Province

Municipality

Project Area

Total

Free State

Mohokare

Smithfield

148

Fauresmith

36

Bethulie

23

Trompsburg

149

Zastron

90

Rouxville

756

Naledi

Dewetsdorp

191

Dihlabeng LM

Rosendal

976

Mantsopa LM

Tweespruit

1266

Hobhouse

1224

Phumelela LM

Memel

568

Vrede

150

Mafube LM

Cornelia

612

Villiers

1056

Frankfort

2105

Tweeling

304

Ngwathe LM

Heilbron

1584

Vredefort

1120

Nala LM

Wesselsbron

1800

Masilonyana LM

Theunissen

1438

Hennenman

2848

Winburg

180

Matjhabeng LM

Virginia

2240

Matjhabeng LM

Odendaalsrus

264

Tokologo LM

Hertzogville

294

Setsoto LM

Marquard

1431

Ficksburg

5396

Senegal

2913

Clocolan

3379

Nketoana

PetrusSteyn

2424

Lindley

517

Arlington

210

Reitz

834

TOTAL

38526

(3)(a) All buckets in the formal areas will be eradicated by end of the financial year.

(3)(b) The programme is estimated to cost R975 339 000,00.

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21 July 2015 - NW1204

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

(1)In which municipalities are the estimated 127 000 bucket toilets in informal settlements;

Reply:

  1. The buckets in informal settlements are located in the provinces appearing in the table below. The Department is in a process to verifying and assessing all buckets in informal settlements by province and municipality. However it should be noted that with the proliferation of informal settlements, households utilizing the bucket toilets as a form of sanitation is a moving target hence backlog is not constant.

PROVINCE

NO OF SETTLEMENTS

NO OF HOUSEHOLDS

Eastern Cape

50

23 958

Western Cape

62

59 932

Gauteng

0

0

KwaZulu-Natal

0

0

Limpopo

0

0

Northern Cape

6

5 350

North West

21

4 150

Free State

75

46 758

Mpumalanga

3

600

TOTAL

217

140 748

(2) A preliminary figure is provided in the table above.

(3) The Department anticipates, subject to additional funding being made available that a further R4,3bn over the next 4 years will be required to address informal settlements.

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