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DWS engages stakeholders in Makana over water shortages

Jul 24, 2018
DWS engages stakeholders in Makana over water shortages

Water and Sanitation Deputy Minister, Pamela Tshwete, is in Makhanda, formerly Grahamstown, where she will meet various stakeholders in Makana Local Municipality to assess progress in the provision of water and sanitation services. 

The visit follows an earlier intervention in the area, which was experiencing serious water shortages and complaints on the quality of water. 

The stakeholders are businesspeople, academics from Rhodes University and the community.

Last month, Tshwete met with political leadership and officials from the municipality and Eastern Cape government where a range of matters were discussed.

At the conclusion of the meeting, Tshwete committed to return and meet other stakeholders to address service delivery challenges. 

The Deputy Minister will commence her engagements by holding a meeting with businesspeople and academics at the Grahamstown City Hall at 10am. She will later interact with the community at 2pm at the Joza Township Indoor Sport Centre. 

Responding to a media query, the Department of Water and Sanitation confirmed that the Howieson’s Poort Dam had 43 days of water left.

The main dam serving west Makhanda (Grahamstown) and Settlers could supply enough water for a further 102 days, provided the pumps there remain operational and depending on up to what level of depletion they can continue to work, the publication reported.

– SAnews.gov.za