High participation in War on Leaks programme by NMB youths

NOVEMBER 5, 2015

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says South Africa loses a lot of water to leaks and more youth need to be trained and participate in the recently launched War on Leaks Programme to address the problem.

He said the high rate of participation in the programme by Nelson Mandela Bay youth, which was launched by President Jacob Zuma, has had a positive impact on dealing with water leaks.

Replying to questions from members of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) in Parliament on Wednesday, Deputy President Ramaphosa referred to youth as a ready army that needs to be raised across the country to win the battle against water leakages.

“One could say this could well be our water revolution because we lose a lot of water to leaks and the more we train young people, the more we will be able to save water -- a scarce resource in our country -- more effectively,” he said.

He said he was impressed by the hundreds of young people who were receiving plumbing training in Matlosana in the North West.

“This is an important project that we need to pay attention to and one would like to see it being rolled out to as many municipal areas as possible. Now that we are rolling out water supply to rural areas, this is a necessary task that needs to be undertaken,” said the Deputy President.

He said as much as it is important to put up water taps, if they break down, the country needs people who will fix those taps.

Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane recently briefed the country on the drought. Several areas have been declared disaster zones due to the drought.

Minister Mokonyane has urged citizens to use water sparingly and responsibly as climate change has exacerbated the drought situation in the country.

“South Africa is a water scarce country with highly variable rainfall and water runoff. To mitigate this situation, this requires pro-active and responsive risk management, coupled with innovative water security management interventions,” said the Minister, who added that there was no substitute for the resource.

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