President Jacob Zuma launches War on Leaks in Port Elizabeth

AUGUST 26, 2015

President Jacob Zuma, Minister of Water and Sanitation, Nomvula Mokonyane, and her Deputy, Pamela Tshwete, are expected to officially launch the War on Leaks campaign at Dan Qeqe Stadium, Zwide, in Port Elizabeth on Friday, with the aim of putting a stop to water leaks in households, schools, clinics and other public buildings. 

Government’s War on Leaks programme is designed to train 15 000 young people as artisans, plumbers and water agents over a period of three years as part of the Tshepo 15 000 training programme.

They will be trained in three phases; phase one - 3000 in 2015/16, phase two 5000 in 2016/17 and phase three 7000 in 2017/18.

According to the Department of Water and Sanitation, the War on Leaks campaign is about dealing with water that ends up being unaccounted for, as a result of leaking taps and pipes as well as illegal connections.

South Africa loses about 37% of its fresh water every year through these means, which amounts to about R7 billion a year.

Minister Mokonyane appointed Rand Water to implement the War on Leaks project in 2014.