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Minister of Water and Sanitation unveils two big augmentation projects in Rand Water Zuikerbosch

Posted: 26 May 2016

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The Minister of Water and Sanitation, Nomvula Mokonyane on Thursday, 26 May unveiled two big water augmentation projects in Rand Water Zuikerbosch Water Pumping Station in Vereeniging, Gauteng.

SALGA as one of the major partners, were there to witness the launching of this significant project. The Department of Water and Sanitation says the two water augmentation projects are set to meet the increasing high demand for water in Gauteng. The surges in demand for water often increase when heatwaves occur and during prolonged periods of low rainfall or drought.

The water augmentation projects is comprised of the construction of a water filtration facility and a sedimentation facility. The two facilities are set to enable Rand Water to pump an additional 200 mega litres of water per day. At present, Rand Water pumps 4 800 mega litres of water per day.

During her address Minister Mokonyane said the water sector is critical for government’s transformation and development objectives. Mokonyane said providing safe and accessible water supply and sanitation services profoundly affects poor people’s daily lives.

She said water is life and has a catalytic cross-cutting impact on socio-economic development as well as peace and stability. Sanitation is dignity.
“Water is enshrined as a basic human right in our Constitution and specifically two sections of the Bill of Rights,” she said.

Minister Mokonyane said the South African Government has made a commitment through the National Development Plan (NDP) which calls for the development of a National Infrastructure Plan.

She said this plan which got approved in 2012 has identified various Strategic Infrastructure Projects (SIPs). Of particular interest, in this regard, are SIP 6 on Integrated Municipal Infrastructure and SIP 18 on Water and Sanitation Infrastructure.

Minister Mokonyane said President Jacob Zuma during his State of the Nation Address in 2016, further highlighted the need for infrastructure projects to encourage economic growth and the creation of jobs through such projects. In large measure, economic growth and

Minister Mokonyane said sustainable development thrives where there are collaborations and partnerships.  She said efforts to manage, protect and preserve water as a critical resource in a sustainable manner speaks to the collective responsibility of all the stakeholders in the water sector.
Minister Mokonyane said growing populations and economies, changing lifestyles and global climate change are all increasing the pressure on the planet’s water resources.

“People and nature alike are threatened by a lack of responsible water management. Water is a resource with a diversified utility, it is the basis of life itself and it is not produced,” she said.

 

 

 
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