A report by the City Press has exposed minister Nomvula Mokonyane’s department of water and sanitation’s nearly R4.3 billion worth of toxic debt.
Basically, the person responsible for making sure South Africa’s water infrastructure is up to scratch and our water resources are being managed properly, has completely screwed the pooch.
The report claims Mokonyane’s department is sitting on unpaid invoices of R2.8 billion for the last two financial years, and is running on a R2.6 billion overdraft; but, as so often happens when government department’s are caught messing up, Mokonyane’s office denies that it’s essentially bankrupt.
“The department is not in debt where we stand. We still have sufficient funding until the end of the financial year,” the department’s Sputnik Ratau told the newspaper, even as the public protector continues her investigation into Mokonyane’s R26 billion Lesotho Highlands Project.
Vlogger Nic Red has collected drone footage over a 20 day period in order to show just how bad the situation is getting. Sand patches from the ever lowering water levels, are a saddening sight in the already dry areas. Businesses and households all around the country should be doing their bit to save as much water as they possibly can.
The V&A waterfront recently showed off some of the ways that they have been saving water, setting a great example for all. Earlier this month The City of Cape Town imposed further water restrictions, labelled 3B. Residents have been urged to report people who have not been obeying the restrictions and using water excessively.